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When three of Celena Gill’s sons asked her to buy them a Nerf gun and more than $500 in video games, she told them to get a job or start a business. She was only kidding.
But her sons, Collin, 14, Ryan, 11, and Austin, 8, they took her words to heart and launched Frères Branchiaux Candle Co. in October 2017 to make soy and vegetable wax candles, room sprays, diffusers, soaps and bath bombs out of the home they share with their parents in Prince George’s County.
Frères Branchiaux means “Gill Brothers” in French — Collin is already fluent in the language while his younger brothers are studying it. “We wanted to do Gill Brothers Candle Company, but there’s Gill Brothers’ Trucking, Gill Brothers Air Support,” Ryan Gill explains.
In the 22 months since they started their company, the boys have sold more than 10,000 units — candles are their top-selling product and range between $18 and $36.
“It’s really all word of mouth,” Celena Gill told the AFRO. “Like, I rarely reach out to people.”
They’re already selling their products in more than 30 stores and they’re looking to expand.
Starting in November, their products will be sold on The Workshop at Macy’s alumni e-commerce site, confirms Katelyn Yannie, Macy’s manager of Northeast Relations.
And the brothers are raising $20,000 on gofundme.com to buy a truck that’ll serve as a mobile store for their business. This will make it easier for them to sell their wares at various events.
To read more about how the Gill brothers settled on making and selling candles, and their plans for the future, please visit BlackPressUSA.com.
Written by: Lenore T. Adkins for the AFRO
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