Type.lites is a hand poured candlemaking company based in the Bay Area. Former roommates turned innovators, Crystal and Tricia create candles with a focus on design and unique mixing of fragrances.
Hi Crystal and Tricia, tell us about yourselves.
We are both originally from Sacramento, CA and met at college orientation at San Jose State University. A fun fact is that our first year there, we lived in the same dorm room number but seven floors apart. After living together as roommates for several years, Tricia moved to Oakland and Crystal stayed in San Jose. Tricia wanted to take a candle making class and asked Crystal if she wanted to join. That was how we learned how to make candles. We made some as gifts for the holidays and they were a hit!
Where do you live and work now, and how does this environment inform your creative process?
Currently, we’re both still living in our respective cities – Tricia in Oakland and Crystal in San Jose. In 2013, we were fortunate enough to move the type.lites “factory” from Tricia’s kitchen to our very own workspace in Oakland. Moving into the workspace has made a huge difference largely due to the importance of separating work life from home life. Making the candles at home was great in terms of convenience, but separating the spaces helps provide balance in the creative process. Also, the Bay Area is alive with entrepreneurs and makers. We have built an amazing group of supportive, artistic and like-minded friends who inspire and challenge us everyday. Being part of this community has helped us grow our business and take it to new levels.
How do you stay grounded and relaxed? What are your more personal pursuits and hobbies when given the time?
Staying grounded and relaxed is always a challenge! Being part of every aspect of the business from ordering supplies to hand delivering boxes of candles to our retailers can be A LOT of work. We’ve learned that taking breaks and stepping away from it all is a good thing and beneficial to the growth of the business. We both regularly practice yoga and try to stay as active as possible. We love treating ourselves to a delicious meal and that occasional glass of wine doesn’t hurt either! In addition, we both love to travel and are on a mission to take type.lites to a level that allows us to do that more often.