The idea of creating wedding and baptismal candles for our church bookstore was proposed to me by our parish priest back in the spring of 2013. At the time, it seemed like an exciting project, since I was already decorating the “Easter Resurrection candles*” to sell in our parish bookstore.
Creating these candles has been the business of many over the years. In Greece, due to the large population of Greek Orthodox, there are many stores selling items used for the Orthodox sacraments of Holy Matrimony and Baptism. Throughout the U.S.A there are also brick and mortar stores, but many women have had a home based business selling items needed for the Orthodox sacraments.
So I started to think how I was going to go about this. I volunteered in the parish bookstore ordering icons, Orthodox books and other religious items used by the Orthodox in their homes. The Resurrection candles were a fun once a year project that wasn’t extremely consuming and I either created them alone or with another volunteering parishioner. Working in the bookstore has been a wonderful experience for me. Besides learning more about my faith, it felt good to give back to the Church. It also taught me much about running a business. I learned how to search for vendors, how to shop for products for the bookstore to be more profitable and how to market products to the parishioners. Did I say this was a volunteer job? The main goal of the bookstore is to educate parishioners about Orthodoxy and provide them with the appropriate materials to practice their faith at home. But the fact that I had to run the church bookstore as a non-profit business, was very apparent to me early on. As you can see, it gave much back to me as well.
Thank God that He has given me a bit of a foresight. I knew I loved the idea of creating the wedding and baptismal candles but I could see that there were too many factors involved for this to be a volunteer job. This was an adventure that I would not want to tackle alone if I wanted to proceed. I needed a partner that was creative but mostly one that I could communicate with. At the time, I was finishing up an icon project with the Deaconess of our parish. She had started writing seven large wall icons of various saints, with the GOYA(Greek Orthodox Youth of America) children many years ago. We decided to finish them. We both had some artistic experience but none with iconography. The struggle of this project taught us much patience. Over four years and whenever family commitments allowed time, we would gather for about 12 hours per week to work on the icons. We slowly got to know each other a little bit. I decided that Deaconess Argie was the one to ask to be my partner in creating these candles.
Surprisingly, it didn’t take much to convince her to go on this adventure. We both needed a part time job. There was no one in our area that had a business decorating candles. So we took our experiences in graphic design, faux finishing, interior decorating, painting, sewing and crafting and decided to go ahead opening “dahlia”.
Our business adventure officially began in the spring of 2013. The adventure continues in 2016. We aim to offer modern designs for the items used for Orthodox weddings and baptisms. We are still as excited designing and creating these products as we were when we first started.
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Argie & Terry
*Easter Resurrection Candles-candles in glass containers that are decorated with ribbons and easter icons used to take the Resurrection Light home safely after Easter liturgy. The wonderful thing about them is that the candles stay lit with the Light in your home for seven days!