In anticipation of Fall For Local’s biannual pop-up market, taking place on October 22 at the Pipe Shop Building (115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver), we’re getting to know some of the fair’s 70-plus independent designers and small-business owners.
Today, we meet Alicia Doiron, candle-maker and founder of alice & hare.
Who are you
My name is Alicia and I'm the sole owner of alice & hare. I do everything from the marketing to the actual making of the product. I would describe myself as a cat-loving bookworm and a creative soul with an adventurous spirit!
What’s with the name
alice & hare represents a lot of meaningful things to me: family, adventure, and owning your uniqueness. My brand's name, alice & hare, comes from two characters out of my favourite childhood book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Describe your craft
Candle-making is just another creative outlet for me. I'm naturally a creative person and find it to be almost therapeutic. I love my day job, but I'm in front of a computer all day and candle-making allows me to step away from the screen and do something different with my hands.
While my teacup candles don't smell, my glass jar candles do. I love experimenting with different scents. I sort of feel like a mad scientist at work, which I love. My favourite scent right now is my Sweet Fig and Amber candle.
My glass jar candles are made with 100-percent biodegradable soy wax combined with perfume-grade fragrance oils and essential oils. It's important to me to use natural ingredients as much as possible.
My teacup candles don't contain a scent and because they're made with soy wax, they can easily be cleaned out and used after burning.
Claim to fame
My teacup candles are always a big draw at markets. Many of the older generations think it's a great idea and often recognize teacups they used in their youth. For my glass jar candles, my biggest seller by far is my Coconut and Lime candle. It smells just like Hawaii!
I'd also like to mention for the month of October that all profits from this candle will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in support of October's breast cancer awareness month. I'm calling the campaign #coco4coconuts.
Favourite item handmade by you
I'm quite picky about the teacups I purchase and when I do find ones I like, they often come with incredible stories. I met an older woman named Rita in her late 80s, who told me as a young lady she'd have her girlfriends over to chat and sip tea out of her fine china cups.
This is one of my favourite parts of my business. I purchased a bright pink Paragon teacup from her that I made into a lovely candle. That was hard to sell.
Sending local love to…
I just picked up some earrings and a necklace from MLKANHNY. Her jewellery is just stunning and so unique. I love it.
Tickets to Fall For Local are $3 in advance online or $5 (cash only) at the door. For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, click here.