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Angie Evangelista BLUFFTON CANDLES

The chief candle maker — and co-owner with her husband Leo — of Bluffton Candles, Angie Evangelista began crafting her soy wax creations during a terrifying bout with cancer. The light of these candles, and the friends and family around her, saw her through and guided her to greater success selling her candles online and at festivals around the Lowcountry.

And now, with her first-ever Bluffton Candles retail store on Lawton Street in Old Town, that light is spreading beyond her wildest dreams.

“I never envisioned us putting up a shop. It’s still a little unreal,” she said. Beyond candles, the shop sells an assortment of soap, pillows, mugs and greeting cards from local artists. For Evangelista, it’s a way to pay forward the gift she’s been given. “Creating something that is then given as a gift, it’s full circle for me.”

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