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Community Highlights: Meet Shanay Walker of Obsidian: The Signature BLK

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shanay Walker. 

Hi Shanay, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started my business as just a thought. I am an artist in the traditional sense of pencil to paper. However, during the pandemic, I wanted to just try candle making as a different thing to do. I didn’t know that it would become therapeutic for me, and become my new art form. My wax and oil are my new mediums and my vessels have become my new canvas. I tested and tested my candles throughout the spring and summer and finally launched in July 2021. I did not know how quickly it would grow. I have been blessed to be in homes and businesses in about 10 states. I have been blessed to have partnerships with a few platforms as well. All thanks be to God! 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
For me, there were a few bumps. Bumps being figuring out what wick will work with what wax and oil percentage. But trial and error and of course never giving up leads to a perfect outcome. I am very particular and my brand is a representation of me. I need everything to be right, lol. 

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Obsidian: The Signature BLK, is a brand that reminds you to take time for self-care and self-love. Each of our candle names were named based on the mood and vibe it evokes. My brand also does its part to remain as green as we possibly can, by reusing and encouraging our customers to repurpose their vessels. I am the sole owner and employee. Although I wear many hats, I love what I do. I love when my customers get a candle and it brings them peace and makes them feel like going out on a Brunch Date for example as that’s the name of one of the candles. 

I am set apart by my names, and there is only one me. As cliche as that may sound it is true. I hope my personality shines through with my candles and when my page is visited. I am most proud of the wins I have made in the 3 months of being live. I have become a new candle artisan with a black woman-owned marketplace and have joined the wholesale world as well to spread Obsidian: The Signature BLK everywhere. Everyone deserves self-care and to love themselves. Light one of our candles and enjoy! 

I want everyone to know, there are 100s of candle brands out there, but only one Obsidian: The Signature BLK. Our scents are clean, very fragrant, and we want you to take the time for you. It’s required! 

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Crystale with Eye-Imagery

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