CAN’T HOLD A CANDLE TO YOU- Brian Hight stands with his certificate of award outside the store he co-founded with Ryan McDiarmid. Magnolia Scents by Design was presented with the certificate by the Independence Chamber of Commerce Friday at First Friday. Courtesy Photo
CAN’T HOLD A CANDLE TO YOU- Brian Hight stands with his certificate of award outside the store he co-founded with Ryan McDiarmid. Magnolia Scents by Design was presented with the certificate by the Independence Chamber of Commerce Friday at First Friday. Courtesy Photo
Local small business Magnolia Scents by Design was recently awarded the 2018 Business Appreciation Month Award of Merit from the Kansas Department of Commerce. Magnolia was co-founded in March of 2008 by Brian Hight and Ryan McDiarmid. The two brought Magnolia to the store-fronts after starting out as a home based business in 2006. “We were inspired by the drive to create something of our own, but also wanted to bring value to the community,” said Hight. “We are passionate about this place and its people, and want it to be a place where people want to exist.” Magnolia Scents by Design offers handcrafted and natural products that are domestically sourced. Their store is filled with a wide array of candles, lotions, teas, home goods, gifts and more. Candles and lotions come in scents that range from standard favorites like vanilla or cotton to more complex and strange named scents like Blackberry Sage, Cleopatra, Leather and Lace or Sugared Fig. Among its multitude of products, Magnolia offers a Fearless Collection for the men of town who might be skittish around a lemongrass scented lotion. The collection includes beard balms, shave soaps and body sprays. Men’s scents are named things like “riptide” and “stampede”. Magnolia Scents by Design has two locations, one on Penn Ave. in good ol’ Independence, and another in Greenville, SC that will be celebrating its 4th anniversary next month. Magnolia also has several partner retailers throughout Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Alabama, Iowa, Colorado, North Carolina and Texas. “I would very much like to sincerely thank the people of Independence and Montgomery County who have continuously supported us through the years,” said Hight. Although Hight and McDiarmid say they never plan on leaving Independence, they are considering their next store location somewhere more northwest as they continue their expansion. “There is no way we could ever aspire to reach a national audience without [Independence’s] fierce loyalty, the value of which is immeasurable.” Magnolia offers classes where participants can create their own candles. Classes can be booked at anytime and require a group of six or more people. For a fee of $25 participants get to make their own soy candle along with a professional. Classes take about an hour and participants choose the scent and color, and in the end name their own candle. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Magnolia Scents by Design is located at 106 N Penn Ave. and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Questions can be answered in person in the store or by phone at 620- 331-8900.