Bloomberg Businessweek

Teri Johnson’s interest in candles was sparked in the early 2000s when she caught a whiff of a luxury candle. She was in a photographer’s studio, she recalls, where a candle from the French luxury line Diptyque was burning. “I had to have one,” she says. “It didn’t matter how much it cost.”

Within a few years, Johnson was concocting her own scented candles in her Harlem home and selling them at pop–up markets around New York City and to friends and family. In 2014, Johnson incorporated the Harlem Candle Co., leaving behind a career in management consulting and video production.

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