New Store Smell
Essential Austin candle company opens cozy storefront-studio hybrid
Slow North, an all-natural candle and home goods shop, is the newest artisan storefront on the block.
The new store-studio hybrid allows Slow North founders and co-owners Michelle and Jon Simmons to move candle production from their backyard to a cozy corridor on Anderson Lane.
“For about a year, I’ve had a dream of creating an open concept like this where our production and retail shared a space,” Michelle says. “We recently hosted our first candle-making workshop in another retailer’s space, and it sparked a fire under me to find a space where we could make community events like that regular occurrences.”
The new store, located at 2700 W. Anderson Ln., Ste. 410, features the brand's famed essential oil candles and wax melts, in addition to other artisan goods. Each candle is hand-poured with the purest ingredients, sourced from American farms, to ensure the best smell and cleanest burn possible.
“Slow North candles are made with 100 percent all-natural, botanical ingredients,” Michelle says. “From our soy wax to our pure essential oils, we list exactly what’s in our products so our customers can feel confident burning them in their homes.”
The candles are also sold at 13 Austin-area shops and 66 stores nationally. Best-selling scents include lavender and cedar, and eucalyptus and lavender.
Slow North shoppers can watch the candle-making process while they browse the collection, and the Simmons plan to host candle-making workshops, holistic speakers, and other free community events in the future.
“We are a family owned and operated boot-strapped small business whose main focus is transparence in ingredients, which I think definitely resonates with Austin locals,” Michelle says. “We are excited about sharing other makers from around the country with our shoppers in this new hybrid space, as well as giving the neighborhood a permanent destination for American-made gifts and botanical goods.”
Slow North is currently in its soft opening phase, with a grand opening celebration scheduled for August 19.