Today we’d like to introduce you to Jiel Combs.
Jiel, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in a small town in Georgia called Louisville. On the Hill to be exact. Growing up in a small town we didn’t have the resources like big cities have. Everyone on the Hill were a family. We weren’t related but had a special bond with each other.
When our mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, etc. started passing away we showed love to each other. With the name Hill Side Candles. I wanted to show recognition and honor those who came before me. Without them, I wouldn’t be who I am today. Each individual candle tells a story about me and the lessons I’ve learned growing up on the “Hill”.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. One thing I love the most about making candles is that I can create any scent that I want. Which could be considered a blessing and a curse. I truly believe a lot of people are not being 100% original with their craft nowadays. I didn’t want to copy anybody. I wanted to tell a story. My story! The only way to do that is by connecting with myself internally.
Please tell us about Hill Side Candles.
Hill Side Candles was founded in Macon, GA in 2018. We specialize in handmade candles and wax melts. All of our 10 oz candles are plant-based (Soy Wax) and have a burn time over 55+ hours. I’m very proud of how the stories that were told through the candles are connecting with others. One candle I created called “Sandy Creek” who I named after my mother who passed away in 2010. That candle connected with a customer and how it reminded her of her grandmother who passed away. It brought a sense of peace to them. That always been my goal with anything I create.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Honestly! Nothing! All of my wrongs turned out to work for my good. You have to look at everything from a trial and error prospective. There’s no map or GPS to success. It starts with you. Having faith and believing in yourself.
- Candles $15 each
- Website: HillSideCandles.com
- Email: HillSideCustomers@gmail.com
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