In the heart of downtown Christiansburg, The Chandlerie, LLC, a candle making and lifestyle business, is illuminating the streets with its recent expansion from an online presence to a charming brick-and-mortar store. Astleigh, the creative mind behind this venture, embarked on her candle-making journey over seven years ago.
Astleigh shares, "Candle making started as a way to express my creativity. It's about crafting a product that encapsulates family life, traditions, and a beautiful piece of home decor. My candles are more than just decorative items; they're a backdrop to memory-making."
This dream of a storefront became a reality in May 2023, thanks to the support of the New River Valley Revolving Loan Fund. "The loan was a game-changer," Astleigh explains. "It helped me create a shopping experience that's unique to the New River Valley, expanding my customer community and forging meaningful relationships."
The Chandlerie isn't just a store; it's a community hub offering candle making classes and a selection of home goods and gifts. "Every aspect of the store reflects my vision and values, and it's amazing to see how we've become a place known for warmth and welcome in the community," Astleigh adds.
Astleigh advises aspiring entrepreneurs, "If you have a vision, pursue it. Investigate, understand the pros and cons, and be willing to step outside your comfort zone."
The Chandlerie's success has ripple effects throughout Christiansburg, contributing to the town's vibrancy and potential. "I hope it serves as a catalyst for more small businesses to revitalize downtown," says Astleigh.
Astleigh reflects on her journey with The Chandlerie, expressing gratitude for each step, aided in part by the NRV Revolving Loan Fund. The success of The Chandlerie, more than just a store, stands as a testament to the power of creativity, community engagement, and supportive systems like the loan fund that help turn entrepreneurial dreams into reality.
We encourage everyone to visit The Chandlerie and continue to support small businesses in the New River Valley. The Chandlerie is located at 127 N Franklin St, Christiansburg, VA 24073.
If you know of a small business that could benefit from the New River Valley Revolving Loan Fund, be sure to share this opportunity with them. The loan fund helps small businesses to buy equipment, upgrade facilities, or secure working capital to expand their operations. Typical loans range from $10,000 to $20,000 or more, depending on the needs of the business and the type of collateral being offered. Loan terms are flexible, with favorable interest rates.