From Milan to Chicago: SMU student creates WISH candles

Eight weeks ago I was in Milan. After a canceled semester abroad in the best place in the world I had A LOT of time on my hands. So, I decided to put some of that time into my business Winona Street Design.

Since its founding in 2016, my sister Katie and I have run Winona Street Design as a side gig during the summer and graduation season until it eventually became what it is today. We are by no means Foundrae (yet), but with quarantine and an abundance of extra time, we’re getting there. WSD as we affectionately call the company started as a small jewelry company based in Chicago, and it has grown to include multiple lines including our crowd favorite WISH candles. With everyone being stuck at home we decided to bring the candle making fun to you through our DIY candle kits. They come with all you need to make two artisan candles at home! There’s also a special deal on our 3 pack so buy one for you, your, mom, and a friend you miss. We even had one customer do it with their grandma over Facetime!

The message behind the WISH brand is simple. Every time you blow out your candles you make a wish. Wishes, traditionally reserved for candles atop a cake, are now celebrated every time you light your WISH candle.

As an avid candle lover myself these are NEXT LEVEL! 100% soy candles that are hand-poured in our Chicago studio and burn for 60 + hours. We only use the highest quality essential oil scents and no candle goes out the door if it doesn’t meet our quality standards. If you don’t follow me on instagram you may have missed my excessive candle content, but I promise the scents are TO DIE FOR, Egyptian amber is my absolute favorite! WISH candles are the perfect Mothers Day gift and your purchase supports a small SMU student-run business. What could be better?

Check out all of our offerings on our website and follow us on Instagram @WinonaStreetDesign

Lizzie Loftus

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