What started as a crafting date night each Thursday in Meg and Clay Prewitt’s kitchen quickly became an obsession to create the perfect candle––a long lasting, well scented, and clean burning candle. The Prewitt’s started testing different waxes, wicks, containers, scented oils, and practicing the overall craft of candle making––soon discovering it is not an easy process. Meg keeps the first two candles the couple ever poured as a reminder of how far they’ve come.
“They smelled like stinky bath soaps and the colors were awful,” Meg laughs. “It was not a perfect Pinterest moment.”
Fast forward a few years––using premium ingredients such as non-GMO soy vegetable wax, cotton wicks, and scents infused with essential oils––the Prewitt’s hobby has grown into a successful business: Family Tree Candle Company. Each candle is hand-poured using an exact recipe to ensure the integrity of the candle.
“We use just the right amount of scent oil to wax ratio in our recipe so that those who are scent-sensitive can enjoy our candles,” Meg said. “We hear time and time again: ‘I only burn Family Tree candles because they don’t give me a headache.’”
Meg’s mom is “scent-sensitive,” so she is especially proud of this accomplishment.
“It’s important that we provide a health and quality conscious product for your home and family.”
In addition to a quality candle, Meg believes in a beautiful product––hand writing each label, as well as stamping the wooden lids and packaging the candles in linen bags.
Family Tree Candle Company includes a retail shop and crafting space, too. Not only are the candles created with care and attention, the retail space is too. When asked about the inspiration behind the store aesthetic, Meg says, “Our tagline is ‘Smells like home’,” Meg says. “We wanted to make our store inviting with touches of southern charm, making guests feel special. In a fast-paced world, we feel it is important to provide a beautiful space where you can slow down. A space decorated with intention and details like our mason jar lights embellished with gingham ribbon, or the fresh flowers on the coffee table, or the fully stocked coffee and cider bar; all of this is to make you feel at home.”
Housed within the shop, is a large crafting space where “SIP&POUR” parties are held––a candle making party concept the Prewitt’s developed. Guests can book private events or keep up with the public calendar offerings through their website sipandpourevents.com .
Once you take in the soothing aromas at Family Tree you will notice a variety of locally sourced gifts throughout the store. Gifts with a story and a purpose. Each vendor is aligned with a different charitable organization––important causes such as supporting victims of sexual exploitation and drug abuse, promoting mental health awareness and helping children with heart defects. This giveback notion starts with the “Candles for A Cause” initiative as Family Tree hosts various candles for charities on their website and $5.00 from each candle is donated to that charity. Family Tree also rotates different candles in the shop each month aligned with various charities like Second Harvest and the Girl Scouts.
Family Tree Candle Company is located at 8907 Oak Ridge Highway in Knoxville. One visit to the store to meet Meg Prewitt is enough to see her sincere commitment to producing a quality candle and giving back to her community.
“We like to say ‘Share the the light through shopping,’“ and that’s just what the Prewitt’s are doing.