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Attica business spreads holiday cheer through candles and cross display

What started as a basement hobby has turned into a thriving homemade candle business has evolved to give people a place to remember the reason for the holiday season.

Posted: Dec. 26, 2018 9:30 AM

ATTICA, Ind. (WLFI) - What started as a basement hobby has turned into a thriving homemade candle business. But Brown's Accents  in Attica has evolved to give people a place to remember the reason for the holiday season.

From outside, to inside, floor, to ceiling, the Christmas season is in the air at Brown's Accents in Attica. Ashely Brown's husband first opened doors for business 15 years ago. She said they met each other while he was in the process of building the shop.

"His mom kept bringing home these candles that were $20 to $25 and he said mom, there's got to be a cheaper way to make candles," she said.

She said he was also looking for something to keep busy during college. So he started making candles in his parent's basement. The business soon grew to their storefront on U.S. Highway 41.

Each candle is hand-poured by the staff that Brown calls her family. Each candle requires three separate pours, too. They can make around 400 to 500 candles in one day.

Brown said it's the Attica community that inspires their business.

"The love and support that they show us honestly will bring tears to my eyes because it's been a really great thing to be a part of this community because Attica is just a strong community," she said. "They love each other, they support each other."

And it was this love and support that helped give Brown a vision of a cross, two gates, and a bunch of ribbons.

"If you need forgiveness in your life then take this ribbon and tie it on the gate and ask God for forgiveness or if you have a special prayer you need to pray for somebody or yourself," she said.

She said she has seen people, young and old, become enamoured by the display.

"A little boy comes up to me and he says can I have the ribbon for forgiveness and he probably stood there for five minutes and he tied and he talked to Jesus and I was like, this is what I was meant to do," she said.

So whether it's bringing a warm smell or the warm light of love to your home this Christmas, Brown said she hopes to continue impacting lives of those who come through their door for another 15 years.

"And bless more people with our candles and hopefully as long as God will let us we'll keep continuing to do this," she said.

Brown's Accents will reopen for business on January 3rd. All Christmas merchandise will be available for purchase at discounted rate until January 7th. The prayer and forgiveness cross will be on display until the end of January.

Brown said their next big event will be their Brown Girls Spring Festival.

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