In December 2012, La Vela Bella's owner, Natalie Mancini had a craft weekend at her cottage with her friends.
The intent of the weekend was for all the ladies to make a craft and at the end of the weekend, they would swap with one another thereby each lady would go home with one unique craft per person. Natalie took on the challenge of candle making.
Upon returning home after the weekend, she presented her then boyfriend (now husband!) her handmade item. He looked at her with a sparkle in his eye and said 'you do realize that people would buy this, right?', to which Natalie had to agree.
She decided to work up the courage and shop her prototype candles around to a store a block and a half from her home. Luckily, the store was called Miracle Thieves, a small collective of local artists in the Toronto area. The candles were just their thing and they picked it up within a few days. Within a couple of weeks of placing their first order, they had sold out and asked for a second owner. Natalie was thrilled (and confident!) and from there, with this new encouragement received by Miracle Thieves Natalie marched around Toronto and the GTA and managed to get La Vela Bella Candles into roughly 20 stores.
Natalie was eager to participate in any large marketplace in the city to sell and promote her new candle business. In the spring of 2013 La Vela Bella was invited to be a vendor at The One of A Kind show at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto and during the Christmas season they were invited to be a vendor at the Distillery Christmas Market in the beautiful Distillery District in downtown Toronto.
'Do you sell online?' was one of the top questions La Vela Bella received in 2013, and we are happy to answer, now, in 2014 - yes, yes we do.
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