Montclair candlemaker Rose Powell is a lot like other entrepreneurs: hardworking, passionate about her product and insistent on good customer service. There’s one major difference between Rose and others in her field, though: She’s 10.
Rose & Co. Candlemakers, a paraffin-free, soy-based candle company, was born from a bayberry-scented gift the fourth-grader made for her now business-partner father, Vate, who taught her the craft when she was eight years old. Positive feedback from neighbors, who received the candles as gifts, led Rose to start selling.
On production days, she pours about 100 candles, making three or four of the 15 scents she offers. So far, Rose has sold about 1,500 candles at trunk shows, pop-up markets and at roseandcocandles.com.
The Hillside Elementary School student’s motto is, “Business is a girls’ game.” Her success can be attributed to her cheerful spirit. “I hope we can build a bigger business,” she says. “It’s not just for making money, it’s more for the enjoyment of our customers—that more people enjoy our candles and that they make more people happy.”