We had the good fortune of connecting with Fay Breedlove and Chris Breedlove and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fay & Chris, every day, we hear about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
The idea of TERMINAL B began as a passion project and an escape when the world shut down in 2020.
Prior to the pandemic, we traveled every few months to experience a new world destination. Through our relationship we’ve traveled to over 44 cities, 14 countries, 5 continents with layovers at airports from Taipei to Abu Dhabi.
Given our love for travel and perpetual wanderlust, we longed for a release from the pandemic. We watched youtube videos about destinations abroad, experimented cooking various cuisines, and explored Greater Los Angeles, finding places that reminded us of locations we’ve visited in the world.
Through our attempts to scratch our itch for international travel, we discovered how scent has the power to invoke memories and create the feeling of being in a different location. With this discovery, we decided to create a fragrance brand focusing on candles inspired by travel and the international destinations we’ve visited.
We committed hours and hours of research, testing, and blending for each scent to accurately and honestly tell the story behind each city in our candle collection. As tiresome as this process was, we found it exciting and a great way to feed our wanderlust.
As we were creating the scents, we pondered the name, look and feel of the brand. We went through hundreds of ideas, but we were intent on finding something that was not only true to travel, but true to us. We settled on Terminal B, aptly named as an ode to the Tom Bradley International Terminal (also known as Terminal B) at LAX. As Los Angeles residents, we often travel out of Terminal B to get to cities like Tokyo (Airport Code: NRT) or Paris (Airport Code: CDG). With each of our scents named after the airport of each corresponding international destination (i.e. CDG-PARIS-Roses Musk), it felt authentic to travel. Further, the “B” in Terminal B is symbolic of our last name, Breedlove. The branding of Terminal B really accomplished everything we were trying to convey.
After months of trial and error, we had a final product we were proud of and we officially released Terminal B on July 1st, 2021. It since has been quite a ride with quick growth, and we have been humbled to be able to share our experience and connect with others with a love for scent and travel.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We are very passionate and enjoy being busy with Terminal B! This entire creation process was incredibly difficult, as our background isn’t in science. It has taught us to have a different level of patience and steadfastness in completing the task at hand. In the end, we are incredibly proud of the final product: unique, authentic, intricately scented candles, that our customers say are some of the best and strongest scented candles they’ve ever experienced.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’ve actually had to do this multiple times as we’ve both had friends come visit us from the East Coast! Los Angeles has so many things to do and experience, It would really depend on the friend.
For things to do, we recommend checking out different museums (LACMA, The Getty, or our favorite the Huntington Library). You should also check out a game at Crypto.com Arena or SoFi Stadium. We highly recommend going to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl if there’s anyone performing. And, of course, you absolutely must spend the day at one of the many beautiful beaches in L.A. or Orange County.
We are also foodies and love a good cocktail! For good food you have to stop by Roscoes and In-N-Out (both are Southern California icons). L.A. is great because you can find so many options depending on what type of cuisine you want. We love Japanese cuisine the most, and the best ramen we’ve had out here is definitely Ramen Nagi at Westfield Century City. We’ve been to some amazing ramen spots out here and that one really is top tier; it’s competing with some of the best ramen we’ve had in Japan. We also really recommend MoDo at Mitsuwa in Torrance. Most people haven’t had mochi donuts and any time we take a friend there, their jaws drop with how good it is! If you want a more elevated experience, we highly recommend The Arthur J in Manhattan Beach. We’re obsessed with the Rib Eye Steak and an Old Fashioned.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We thoroughly understand that we are the product of our environment and the opportunities presented to us. There are so many people, places, and things that have played a role in the creation and success of Terminal B. We’re lucky that we have each other to not only help with different tasks for the business, but also support and motivate each other on a personal level. We both are blessed to be able to be soulmates and work well together as business partners. As such, it’s befitting that we shoutout the “middleman” who put us together: Howard University.
Despite growing up in Long Beach, even attending rival high schools, we had to travel 3000 miles across the country to meet each other at one of the top Historically Black Universities, Howard University in Washington, DC. Our HBCU background is not only the reason we ever crossed paths, but it also played a significant role in giving us the skillset and fostering our confidence to be entrepreneurial. Without Howard University, there absolutely would be no Terminal B.