Sparks Fly is launching a candle naming contest
Chad and Kayla Roslan may have found their niche. US Navy veterans turned entrepreneurs are both the brains and the humor behind Sparks Fly Candle Co.
It’s a business they started shortly after Kayla’s separation from service and a few months after the birth of their son.
“So when my son was born the world stopped and we had nothing to do and really no way to earn an income,” Kayla Roslan said, noting that while her husband remained in the military until July 2021, she stayed in their Washington home. with their new baby and with no way out, be it employment or education.
“We wanted something we could do as a hobby for both of us, so we started making candles,” Roslan continued. “We were really, really good at it and our family loved it. My husband is really good at graphic design, so we wanted to find a way to bring some joy to the world because we were so closed off and everything seemed so dark.
Fast forward to August 2021 and the Roslans found themselves moving to Oakdale, as Chad took a job at Ball Metal, and 2012 Enochs High alum Kayla wanted to return to the Valley and be close to her family. .
“We chose to come home, our whole family is here, I’m from here and my son (James, two) was very lonely there,” Roslan said of the move from Washington.
Now making Oakdale their home, the family have set up their “cheeky” candle-making production in the third tandem garage of their new home.
“Our logo is sassy candles, for sassy people, that’s kind of our motto,” Roslan said of Sparks Fly Candle Co.
The “sassy” she talks about are the names and descriptions of the candles that come with specific scents, which might prompt the connection. Examples of their creativity with candles like: Coffee; “Because hating your job should come with enthusiasm”, or Outdoorsy; “Smells like wine on the porch.”
While the wood-wick, essential oil-scented soy candles are pleasing to the scent, it’s their essence of fun and creativity that caught the attention of Oakdale Mayor Cherilyn Bairos.
Mayor Bairos bumped into the Roslan family and their Sassy Candles, acting in her role as the chamber’s ambassador. Attracted by the candles and their originality, the Mayor shared that she was starting to think.
“I started thinking, hey, what if they could make a candle for Oakdale? What would that smell be?” the mayor explained their initial introduction. “Leather, dust, cowboy, almonds, dairy… Everything together and what would it look like?”
The mayor quickly began brainstorming with the couple about having a competition for the scent, as well as the label and name. They loved the idea and its originality.
“They’re inspired by our real-life circumstances,” Roslan said of their current inventory of candle names and scents.
“This DD 214; it’s the paper you get when you get discharged from the army,” Bairos said of the candle that first caught his eye. “I had my nephew that one.”
“When I looked at all these headlines and we were in the House, I thought to myself, I kind of feel like we have to have a candle for Oakdale. Her husband said, what were you thinking? she continued, of the brainstorming session for the Oakdale candle contest, “and I said, I don’t know. It’s not like it would be something just for me. It would be something you could sell in stores.
The mayor shared with the couple the community’s love for branded items, clothing, license frames, key chains, hats and pillows; so why not a special spark plug for the 95361?
“It’s pretty fun to get the city involved, because we can all think of something different,” the mayor said. “So I’m a dairy, so I think cow manure, I think chocolate. I think almonds. I think dust. I think sweat, like hard work.
The Sparks Fly Candle Co. candle contest will include: name, motto and scents for candle submission. The contest is now open and forms can be picked up at the Oakdale Leader office, Oakdale Library, Oakdale Chamber as well as their social media pages. Questions and requests can also be sent to: [email protected] Submissions will be accepted through February with the goal of having candles ready for sale by Oakdale Rodeo.
According to Roslan, a candle takes two to three weeks to develop and perfect the scent. Then each candle must harden for two weeks before it can be sold.
“Business has been going very well since we moved here,” said the working mother, noting that candles are currently available at PakMail in the east of town, as well as on their online site. “This city has been incredibly welcoming. Like it’s such a big difference with Washington.
Roslan added that they also tend to hold events and shows because in-person sales are better so people can see the candles and smell them.
“That’s what the competition is for; we hope that the people of Oakdale can give us some ideas. Since we’re still pretty new,” she said, “we thought this would be a great way for them to submit ideas about what this whole town is all about.”
“I think it’s going to be very well received within the community. People like to get involved and you know, who knows, maybe it’s a high school kid or a young adult that’s like, that’s me,” Bairos said of the development of an Oakdale-exclusive candle.
“We can turn anything into a tag for someone to want to draw like an Oakdale Mustang or whatever, we can turn it into a tag itself,” Roslan noted of customizing the exclusive to Oakdale. “We like this idea.”
Roslan said the unique hobby is becoming a booming business.
“I like to bring people happiness. It’s like the best thing for me,” she said. “Seeing them read the labels, they really laugh. It’s amazing to me. At this point , I don’t even care if people buy my candle. They just come and they laugh and have a good time. I love it. It already exceeds expectations.