We had the good fortune of connecting with Heavenly-Joy Herrera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heavenly-Joy, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Flicker & Flint Candle Co. was created out of my own love for candles. There is just something about lighting a candle and having its beautiful aroma fill the air along with its warm light bouncing off the walls. That’s enough to turn any house into a home. My interest was peaked at the idea of making my own scents and creating a clean-burning candle that looks as beautiful in my space as it smells.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Flicker & Flint Candle Co. specializes in all things in-home fragrance. We make small-batch handmade candles made with all-natural coconut wax. Our candles create a clean, non-toxic, eco-friendly burn. We’ve created a line of products to scent whatever your space is, from your car to your linens we’ve got it covered. I get so excited hearing from my customers about how well my products are working for them. It’s like I know I enjoy my product, and I know they work, but when a stranger tells me how much they love them that’s just another level of proud and excitement. I have always known I wanted to be a entrepreneur. Even before I knew what the word entrepreneur was I would call it being a “business woman”. As a kid I would spend my free time reading books like Rich Dad Poor Dad, Business for Dummies, and other similar books. I knew that my life would eventually lead down the entreprenuer path. Shortly after I graduated High School I joined the Air Force and was active duty for four years. I come from a small town and relatively poor family, I thought joining was the only way “out” little did I know it would be a huge stepping stone for my future. In early 2019 I separated from the Air Force and used the money I saved up to start Flicker & Flint Candle Co. This journey hasent been easy every and now and then I think to myself I’m not qualified for this, in moments like these my circle of support uplifts and encourages me. It can be so easy to compare where you are to where someone else is, but I have this little quote sitting next to my desk that says “The expert in anything was once a beginner”. I take everyday in stride knowing that I am learning lessons and growing from experiences that’ll last me a life time and hopefully one day I’ll be able to pass on my knowledge and experience to others who might try to compare themselves to me.
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.
If my best friend was visiting So Cal we would deffently have a jam packed week. Mon- Tues: For a quintisential california experience a two day Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure trip would be a the top of my list of places to go. Wed: For a little rest and relaxation we would head to Temecula, Ca for winerys, hot air balloons, markets, and brunch at my favorite spot Toast. Thur: We’d pick things back up and head to San Diego for some fun at the beach and a walk around Balboa Park. Later that night we’d head out to Long Beach for some nighlife fun on 2nd Street and make sure to swing by Saint & Second for the best moscow mule ever. Fri-Sat: I’d want to end our trip with some small town vibes of Big Bear. It is one of my favorite places with so much to do.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
None of this would be possible without the constant support of my friends and family. My husband is my partner in crime, my biggest supporter, and the clam to my storm. My little sister Jasmine is the best for coming along on this wild journey with me and embracing every part of it, Flicker & Flint wouldn’t be where it is without her! My bestie Mia Vaughn is an amazing inspiration to me and my biggest source of encouragement. Everyone needs a friend like Mia. Flicker & Flint has the most loyal supporters, I cherish single every one of them. From every purchase, share, and recommendation I appreciate them for giving us a shot and letting Flicker & Flint scent their space.