Move over Yankee candle, there’s a new candle maker in town!!!
When you think of entrepreneurs, what comes to mind? Gone are the days when the word “entrepreneur” would evoke thoughts of successful businessmen and women on wall street. These days, we now see tons of young entrepreneurs shattering proverbial glass ceilings everywhere. As the saying goes, age ain’t nothing but a number, such as the case for 12-year-old entrepreneur, Ke’Ajanay Terrell, CEO of KeKe’s Candles.
KeKe, who is amazingly talented, has been making candles as a hobby for a few months now. Her mom tells me her interest was piqued during several of their outings to Michaels craft store. What started as frequent trips to gather candle making supplies turned into a full-fledged business idea.
I had the pleasure of interviewing this astonishing young lady for a business spotlight feature on my blog. Keke has the wisdom of kids twice her age yet is still just a sweet kid who loves to play, hang out with friends and oh yeah, bake cakes in her spare time. Is there anything this kid cannot do?
Learn a bit about KeKe in this interview.
When did you start making candles? I started making candles in March 2020 from a candle kit I got for my birthday. Since then, I realized I really enjoyed making candles.
How did you come up with the idea to start a candle business? I came up with the idea because my mom always used to buy candles and wax melts, so I thought since I enjoy making candles, why not turn it into a hobby! I made candles for my family and got really good feedback, so I decided to keep going and turn it into my very own business.
What types of candles do you make? I make 100% all-natural soy wax candles and wax melts. I also make fun cupcake candles to incorporate my love of baking.
What is your favorite candle scent? Honestly, I love them all but if I had to pick one it would be Girls Night. It is a blend of fruity and floral which I love.
What do you enjoy most about what you do? Picking new scents.
What tips would you offer to kids your age about starting a candle business? Go for it and never give up.
Just for Fun:
One word to describe you would be… Determined
What do you love most about your siblings? The thing I love most about my siblings is that they can always make me laugh.
What is your favorite thing to do with your friends? My favorite things to do with my friends is gymnastics and go to the park.
What would you do if you made all the rules at home? Send my parents to their rooms and stay up late.
What makes you so awesome? Something that makes me awesome is having a positive attitude and seeing the good in any situation.
As you can tell, I am extremely optimistic about the future of KeKe’s Candles. Being a staunch candle lover myself, I am 100% in support of our young entrepreneurs. KeKe’s parents have done a wonderful job cultivating her creativity and planting seeds of positivity within her. I also commend her on the courage that it took to act upon her idea. I have no doubt that she will soar far and beyond all that she can imagine.
You can support this amazing young entrepreneur at https://kekescandles.com.
*photo courtesy of kekescandles
Andre Terrell says
Go KeKe!!! Can’t wait to smell those candles.
Eric Terrell says
Yvonne Terrell says
U go keke
Yvonne Terrell says
Keep a light shining
Thank you Von…I’ll make sure she sees your comment.
Tessa Gonzalez says
Wow good job Keke 👏 👍
You have always been an awesome kid, we’re so proud of you! Love the Gonzalez’s
Heaven Terrell says
I’ll take 2!!
Heaven you can go to kekescandles.com to place your order. Thx for your support 😊
That is awesome boss Keke continue to strive for greatness
I’ll make sure she sees all this encouragement!
Delani Shields says
So awesome! Beautiful piece and beautiful niece, sis!!
Thanks D. Really appreciate it!
This is amazing!! Keep striving for the stars KeKe!! Sky’s the limit.
I’ll make sure KeKe see’s this.
Kisha Coxton says
Wow! You have inspired me to follow my dream. I love your passion and wish you great success.
Thanks so much for reading Kisha.
Luchiana Terrell says
Wow… This is Big!!! #Yessss!
Hi Chana….KeKe is great isn’t she?!
I love it; it’s so inspiring…I’m going to share this article with my daughter. 🙂
Thanks so much Mona 😊
Rebecca Nielsen says
This was awesome! We are all proud of you, Keeks! The world is yours and we are all so lucky to watch to take it over! You are an inspiration to all young aspiring kids like yourself. This article shows just a piece of your huge bright light that you exuberate. Keep rising and shining, little star. We love you!
Terrica Terrell says
I will be ordering little cuzz she inspired me I love cooking and hope to soon start my own business as well. Keep rising and stay blessed
Leceeon Terrell says
Go Keke! I bought two candles, girls night and a cupcake candle, they smell amazing!!
Thank you so much for your support and spotlighting our girl! She works very hard and is so thankful and happy to read all of the encouraging words!! We are so so proud of you Ke’Ajanay keep shining bright princess!!
Awesome job!! I love the idea of your cupcake candles they sound great!!!!