MATTOON -- The local Heavenly Scents, Crafts & More business opened its first storefront location earlier this year at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon.
Heavenly Scents offers more than 120 varieties of scented 100 percent soy wax pebbles, plus warming jars for releasing the scents of the pebbles. The store also offers all natural air refresher sprays in these scent varieties, as well as antiques, home decor, gift items, and more. The store is next to the mall's main entrance.
Owner Cathy Montgomery said she and her husband, Jeff, started Heavenly Scents as a secondary job last year by developing a line of scented soy wax pebbles and taking their products to vendor markets in the region. Montgomery said they loved meeting customers and fellow vendors at the markets, but grew weary of all the packing and traveling.
Consequently, Montgomery said they contacted the mall's owner, Rural King, and arranged to use an open storefront near the main entrance. She said they have appreciated being able to keep their products on display in one place and to develop regular customers.
"We have met some really nice people here," Montgomery said, adding that Rural King has been a good landlord. Montgomery said she and her husband still do plan to take their vendor booth to the Covered Bridge Festival in Indiana this fall.
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Shelves filled with jars of soy wax pebbles occupy the center of the Heavenly Scents storefront. The varieties include floral and other nature and season based scents, as well many food, drink and dessert scents. Montgomery said bourbon pumpkin cake and apple pie have been popular dessert scents.
Montgomery said the soy wax pebbles can be mixed and matched to create scent combinations, such as their popular cherry pipe tobacco scent. She said many customers have told her that this scent reminds them of their grandfathers. She said some of their other specialized scents include diesel, gunsmoke, and race fuel.
The store front also contains a large display of air refresher sprays, including lilac and fresh linen. Montgomery said they can make air refreshers to match the scents of any of the soy wax pebbles. The store also offers a selection of dishes and glassware, metal signs, vintage tins, floor mats and other home decor items, toys, and more. Montgomery said hope to eventually move to a larger storefront.
"We wanted to start small and then build our way up," Montgomery said.
Heavenly Scents is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday each week. More information is available by calling the store at 217-294-2719 or by visiting the Heavenly Scents, Crafts & More page on Facebook.