We had the good fortune of connecting with Reisha Bullock and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Reisha, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The thought process behind starting my own business was to create something with love, passion and integrity that I would enjoy and so would others. The journey of starting a business is full of excitement, nervousness, setbacks and so many other emotions that come with starting anything from scratch. I also wanted to start my own business to create generational wealth in my family. Candles are for sure a love that I have had for years in the making. I would drive across town for my favorite candle! I loved this particular scent by this particular brand and it was my go to candle for years. Well, I started to realize that my allergies would flare up when this candle was burning. So I begin the research of what was in the candle! Little did I know, I was driving across town for years buying and burning a candle that affected my health in a negative way. Once I realized this candle was behind my headaches and allergy flare ups, I started to research what type of candles were healthier and eco – friendly. I saw a few brands out there that matched the description of healthy but, I am a very particular being that is very picky about scent! So, I decided to make my own candles and so it begun!

What should our readers know about your business?
What we create at Les Bullock Candles are candles and products that are made with all natural ingredients. We pride ourselves on providing quality products and services for everyone to enjoy. The one thing that sets us apart from others is the honesty we provide about each of our products. We want to be as transparent as possible about what each product is made with due to many of us that are sensitive to certain ingredients. We are most proud of the love and support we have received since launching June 2020. We are still growing our brand, but we are very excited to be loved and supported by customers from all over the globe! Starting a business comes with its challenges, but nothing we haven’t overcome. When first starting out you are excited about the newness of the business and still on edge about whether or not people/customers will love your brand as much as you would like them to. We’d like to believe that we are well received by our community based off the numbers we have reached thus far since starting our company. Some lessons we have learned along the way is to trust your gut feeling. Go with that initial feeling when it comes to decision making and always remain present. The worst place to live is in the future, because you can’t enjoy the now! We want the world to know that we are a proud owned company that believes in luxury and healthy products. Why can’t you experience both luxury and healthy all at once? Well, you can with us. We are a black, woman – owned business that will continue to create only quality products

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If one of my closest friends came to visit and wanted to find a few cool places to hang out and just peek through, I would for sure take them to belt line to ride bikes, people watch and catch a quick bite at LadyBird. That would be so much fun in itself to just see the many different people that explore and enjoy the great outdoors. We would also swing by Bradford Botanical Co. which is a black woman owned plant shop that keeps a positive vibration which keeps us all coming back week in and week out. We would then swing by Ponce City Market to shop and sip on a quick drink and share a few laughs about life, love and aspirations we have. Lastly, we would try to get a reservation at two of my friends home to get the best meal of your life served to you with love and great intention behind every single bite! Hanging out with me is really a laid back event of love. We will laugh, cry, but most importantly connect beyond the surface of life. Fun is what you perceive it to be with your intention. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Being a creative comes with a high price to pay at times. My fiancee Tomekia Carter deserves a major shoutout. She has helped me tremendously with building my brand, delivering orders and truly being understanding of my creative process. My friend Holland Reid also deserves a major shout out for helping with the photography aspect of my business. She is an amazing photographer and my product shots were all shot by her. I also would like to shoutout all the women and black women in particular for following their dreams and not being afraid of being the little fish in the big pond all while building their businesses. Black women and black men haven’t even touched the surface of what this lifetime has in store for us. We have come a long ways and still have a ways to go, but I am proud to see the elevation, creativity, passion followed with action in so many of us! I am proud of all of us for making something out of little to nothing!

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