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About Us

candle making manager team
From the Left... Emily Warr, Kelly Turner, Chelsea Cash, Callie Jenkins, Ashley Nielsen 
ABOUT THE CANDLES:
We specialize in highly scented, natural candles. Extensive research and experimentation of raw materials for candle making has led to the creation of the perfectly scented candle. Our main goal is to always provide a strong, long lasting, and environmentally friendly candle. Uniting traditional and modern design, we created a classic look that complements virtually any decor. By working with industry's finest perfumers, we are able to create an exclusive and unique candle line. Each candle is hand poured to ensure the finest quality. Our fragrant candles are the final touch to call your house a home.

HOW IT ALL STARTED:
Emily Warr moved to Chattanooga, TN where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship with a dream to one day start her own candle company. Knowing that she would need help to make her dream become a reality she reached out to her childhood best friend, Chelsea Cash. In 2012, Chelsea completed her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Shortly after, Chelsea also made the move to Chattanooga. The two girls rented a house with a garage and began experimenting to make a quality candle they could sell with 100% confidence. In 2013, The Rustic House was officially established. They started small by selling their candles at the local Chattanooga Market and wholesaling to a few retailers around town. In only two years, the business grew substantially in sales and they started building a team of candle enthusiasts. Thus far, The Rustic House candles have made their way into numerous retailers spanning from the southeast to the west coast. Emily and Chelsea attribute much of their success to the Chattanooga Market. Although the company is rapidly expanding, they continue to set up a booth every week.

WHERE ARE WE GOING:
After establishing a strong customer base in Chattanooga, the Company has expanded to surrounded cities, attributing much of its success to local farmers' markets and the local community. As the company grows, we continue to strive towards spreading our luxury candles across the south, and ultimately nationwide.  
One of the best things about our brand is that it is "The Rustic House” versus “The Rustic House Candles". In other words, our company and brand name does not limit us to producing candles. As such, we are aggressively exploring new ways to enter new markets such as home decor and cosmetics with the unifying purpose of providing and delivering world-class products to the marketplace. Our long-term vision is to continue to grow the company to become a player on the national (and eventually international) stage in every industry we compete in. Put differently, we have no intention on staying small.
MEET THE TEAM:
Emily Warr - Co-Founder
Emily moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013, with a dream to one day start her own candle company. Previous experience in the candle industry came from a privately owned store called the Yucatan Trading Company. This store specialized in Mexican imported rustic exterior and interior design. For five years, Emily gained experience in the home design industry and started college at a local community college in interior design studies. In 2008, the owners switched gears and decided to sell smaller gift items including hand poured candles. Through this, Emily learned alongside experienced small business owners. Not only did she learn the trade of candle making, but also the ups and downs of a startup. This path led her to new aspirations of starting her own business in luxury soy candles, with bigger dreams to expand one day to world imports of all home furnishings.
Chelsea Cash - Co-Founder
Chelsea completed her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012. Chelsea’s experience in the candle industry came, when business partner, Emily Warr, left The Yucatan Trading Company they both worked for. Chelsea replaced Emily’s job of sales, and also took on the responsibilities of handling the books and processes in order to streamline the company. Her aptitude for accounting came from previous experience in book keeping for small businesses which included a local carwash and national medical supplies company. After finishing school, Chelsea moved to Chattanooga, where she and co-founder Emily began their dream of The Rustic House in August of 2013.
Kelly Turner -VP of Sales 
Kelly grew up in Birmingham and eventually went on to Boone, North Carolina, to study English at Appalachian State University. Upon graduation in 2011, Kelly began traveling to Central America annually for various volunteer and teaching trips. Eventually, Kelly connected with The Rustic House through his lifetime friends, Emily and Chelsea, and moved to Chattanooga to join the startup. Kelly enjoys mountain biking, traveling, playing music, and of course, making candles!
Callie Jenkins - VP of Production
After growing up between Mexico and Tennessee, Callie graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2012 with a degree in Spanish and Sociology. She joined forces with The Rustic House in 2015 to help streamline production and manage intercultural communication and growth. Callie enjoys traveling, studying other cultures, and creating things with her hands.
Ashley Nielsen - VP of Administration 
Ashley graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2011 where she studied Anthropology and Biology.  Her love of adventure led her to Chattanooga in 2013 where she eagerly jumped on board with her childhood friends at The Rustic House to help turn their dreams into a candle empire.  When Ashley isn’t at the shop, you can find her curled up with a good book and a glass of wine, dreaming of where she wants to travel next.

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