*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
This story could take awhile, but I’ll try keeping it short for everyone’s sake. J I was born in Bucharest, Romania and came to the states when I was around eight years old. (This probably explains why I love everything that has that certain European flair that you may notice in some of my work.) I now live close to Tampa, Florida but my heart belongs to Asheville, North Carolina where I hope to move to by the end of this year. I have always loved any form of arts & crafts—any form of human expression really. I am a crafty candle maker by day, and fierce fiction novelist by night--I absolutely love to write! My grandmother & mother instilled the love for candle making & crafts in me, but I took a special interest in bakery candles mostly because I love sweets and anything that has to do with baking—cupcakes are my favorite because of their unique versatility and the cute charm they possess! The aprons you see in my Shoppe are handmade by my grandma who has been sewing for over 55 years! I absolutely LOVE them and so I had to include them even though it’s considered a “Candle” Shoppe…I prefer calling it a whimsy sweet Shoppe “Boutique”.
*How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?
Oh my…honestly, the name was probably the hardest to come up with—it took days of conjuring. I wanted something that sounded like a bakery but I also wanted a name that sounded like a place to escape to as in a rapture—and so the whimsical realm of “Sugarville” was born! “It is a place where time literally stops just so that you may indulge in our heavenly “desserts” that we have created for the nostalgic dreamer within yourself. Escape to an enchanting place where you can always feel as wonderful as you felt when you first entered a small corner bakery that was baking decadent cakes and delectable pastries, or an old fashioned candy store filled with blissful chocolate confections, or even a place closer to your heart— Granny’s kitchen that perpetually smelled of fresh baked pies, buttery sugar cookies, and other sweet goodies that were always baking in the oven!” This was the best description I could come up with to describe what I wanted to create for my customers.
*Do you have a favorite scent?
With so many scrumptious bakery scents I get to “bake” with—this is the hardest question to answer by far! I would have to say that the “Creamy Strawberry Cheesecake” scent is among my favorite, but all the cupcake scents I use are absolutely delicious as well!
*What would you love to add to your creating space?
My creating space already looks like a bakery with my kitchen countertops, burners, whisks, sprinkles, & yummy spices. J What I would love to do when I get the chance is to make it look more like an old fashioned ice cream parlor with lots of pink stripes and beautiful vintage decor—only time will tell whether I’ll ever have the time to do so. Unfortunately, it will have to stick to looking like a kitchen for now.
*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
I love using pretty much all colors in my work, but if I had to pick one, pink would have to be the color I couldn't live without! I love making my bakery candles look as realistic as possible, so colors are truly important and matching them to their real bakery counterpart is essential. I also find that bright, creamy, and neutral colors tend to be quite “appetizing” and beautiful as well. I love all fruit type scents and all cake and cookie scents—this is why I wanted to devote my time to making mostly bakery candles after all!
*Do you have a blog?
I am working on creating one, but I have been super busy with marketing to small vendors/gift shops, our Etsy Shoppe, our Amazon store, & Facebook for the time being.
*What/Who inspires you?
I find inspiration everywhere I seem to find myself usually, but gourmet magazine pictures truly inspire me in this line of work. Photography is another passion of mine, so I find pictures of sweets and cakes absolutely beautiful & artistic, from the colors to the fine attention to detail that goes into all of them--I love it all! Old fashioned European bakeries are also very influential to me.
*What is your favorite on-line shop?
I honestly have too many to mention, but unfortunately I always forget to add them to my favorites. I love Etsy shops in general—if you’re ever looking for amazingly unique gift ideas or interesting home decor, it’s definitely the place to shop!
*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
My favorite item(s) are the cupcakes—they are always fun to arrange and so beautiful to look at when they are finished that it makes them hard to part with at times—their scents are “sweetly” divine every time I’m making them as well! I always get excited when I get cupcake orders to fulfill!