Channel 10 Zachary MSD Strong

A Channel 10 News Exclusive by Neki Mohan

Zach is an incredible young man that experienced the tragedy at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, but managed to find therapy at Scentsability candles.

Zach attends Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School and experienced the terrible tragedy that occurred last year. When he was hiding in the school the first person to contact him was Bonnie the Director of ScentsAbility candles. Zach managed to get out safely, but has had struggles in dealing with the experience. His happy place became ScentsAbility candles. A place where he can help individuals with special needs and try to make the world a better place.

Zachary speaking at the National Candle Expo

Zach spoke at the National Candle Association Expo at Bonaventure Resort and Spa earlier this year. He discussed his entire experience at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, and how having the opportunity to help the special young adults at ScentsAbility candles has given him a new purpose. He’s struggled with the memories of what happened that day, but now every day at ScentsAbility is a great day. The smiles and camaraderie are contagious as anyone that has visited the shop will tell you. Zach has been Bonnies right hand man over the past few months, and he’s learned the entire process of each product that ScentsAbility makes.  He’s become a team leader and knows the individual disabilities of every special young adult at ScentsAbility. Zach is hero to everyone.

Neki Mohan from Channel 10 News

Channel 10 News Anchor Neki Mohan dropped into the candle shoppe for an afternoon of candle making fun! She met the everyone at the shop and watched how they work as a team to make all of their products. She learned about the unemployment statistics for individuals with developmental disabilities and how ScentsAbility is working hard to reduce those numbers. She gave the team a great pep talk and had everyone full of smiles with the energy she brings everywhere she goes.

Thank you to Channel 10 News Anchor Neki Mohan for the shout out on this mornings news cast! We had a amazing afternoon with you at the candle shoppe yesterday!

An Apple a Day

What a great day of learning at the Apple store! Phillip asked the team all kinds of questions about ScentsAbility and got to know everyone inside and out. Then he went over some very important apps that are useful for those with IDD.

Transit is a new app that will get you on your way! Transit partners with transit agencies and shared mobility providers to get cities moving. Like a helpful personal robot, GO thinks about your journey so you don’t have to. Get upcoming departure times for nearby train or bus lines without even tapping your screen. Uber. Bikeshare. Carshare. Quickly compare all of your options on one screen. Simplifying the commute in more than 175 cities worldwide.

Thank you to Phillip Roffman and the Apple team for giving ScentsAbility an important learning experience!

The Brooklyn Cafe visits ScentsAbility

100 Men Who Care

100 Men Who Care

There’s a very special organization that’s helping non-profits in all across South Florida. They are 100 Men Who Care. This group of business leaders has banded together to support small non-profits in South Florida. They hold meetings every quarter and vote for a non-profit to receive a donation of up to $10,000 based upon attendance.

The organizations leaders are Joseph Costello, Paul Sallarulo, Margaux Fiori and Mara Kelly. The last meeting was held in May at the Capital Grille in Fort Lauderdale. The group allows three charities to speak in front of the entire organization, then they vote for one of the non-profits to receive this quarters donation. John Becker, IT Director at ScentsAbility made a heartfelt speech to the entire audience and discussed the effects that ScentsAbility has had on every individual with special needs that has passed through the doors of the candle shoppe. He spoke about ScentsAbility’s honorary membership into the National Candle Association, and it’s many achievements over the last decade. When the voting was over, ScentsAbility came out on top!

The ScentsAbility team would like to say thank you to all of the members of 100 Men Who Care for their generous support.100 Men Who Care is there to help non-profits survive, and give hope to those that are searching for funding to continue their mission. What their organization does is much needed in the community, and can single-handedly change the direction of a non-profit.

ScentsAbility will be using the funds received from 100 Men Who Care to develop a ScentsAbility flashcard app that will teach our special young adults how to read, learn and recognize the different scents they sell. It will be designed to be fun and engaging with multiple levels of achievement. ScentsAbility will always strive to spread the word about 100 Men Who Care so that other non-profits can have the hope that support is nearby.

Thank you for allowing us to be part of 100 Men Who Care!

A new scent at the NCA Expo!

A new scent at the NCA Expo!

It’s been a whirlwind at ScentsAbility since we attended last years NCA(National Candle Association) Expo. We’ve made so many important partnerships, and met incredible people along the way. The support we received since 2017 has been overwhelming.

Being invited back to this years Expo was the most important event on ScentsAbility’s to-do list, and we wanted to make it special. We flew up to New Jersey with team members Jessica and Lexy to meet with executives from Symrise the worldwide fragrance manufacturer, where they took a tour of the factory and learned all about fragrances. They also met with Wick-It who provides our candle wicks to see how wicks are made!

This years Expo was in South Florida and the theme was the Everglades. The team worked with Symrise to create a new candle scent. ScentsAbility had a Master Perfumer assigned to their account, and she created a truly remarkable scent called “Glow in the Glades.” The special young adults at ScentsAbility worked diligently to pour 350 of these amazing new candles to be included in the swag bags for every attendee at the Expo!

 

 

Coral Springs Festival of the Arts

Coral Springs Festival of the Arts

Another year gone by and another year at the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts. A great outdoor event celebrating the arts. Full of food, fun and entertainment. The ScentsAbility team looks forward to this event every year. It usually takes place around St. Patrick’s day which makes it extra fun year after year.

As always ScentsAbility is one of the busiest booths at the festival. The Make Your Own Magic Wax Candles are always a hit with kids. Some return year after year to make a candle again and again.

ScentsAbility is proud of all the products they make. All of which were named by the special young adults at ScentsAbility. ScentRocks air freshener, ScentSnaps wax melts, ScentsAbility Hanitizer scented hand sanitizer, ScentMe scented roll-on.

This year we had a very special visit from the young lady that’s on our banner. We took her picture 6 years ago! Today she is all grown up. That’s her picture to her left.  It was another great weekend at the ScentsAbility booth! Thanks to all those that came out for a great weekend of family fun!

A Visit to WICK IT!

It was special trip for special people. Jessica and Lexy took off for New Jersey to visit a company that has been more than supportive of ScentsAbility. Wick It has provided candle wicks to ScentsAbility for over two years now. The girls met with Joe Blythe, the owner of Wick It, and he took them on a tour of the factory.

 

Then the girls paid a visit to the candle shop next door to see their own candles on display!

Wick It has their own candle making experience behind the store and the girls jumped right in! They chose their own fragrances, then showed their stuff as they made their own creations!

At the end of the day the girls presented Joe with a very special gift! Thank you to Wick It for the amazing support you give to ScentsAbility candles! We are very grateful for the incredible trip to the Wick It candle wick factory!

 

 

Coral Springs Festival of the Arts

The team had another great year at the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts. It was an early morning rise for Michael, Billy, Shaun and Kim. They’ve proven that they’re becoming experts at setting up the tent and tables for every ScentsAbility event.

Everyone works together as a team to put up the tent then Michael is in charge of setting up Essential Oils, while Kim lays out the candle tins. On the other side of the booth Billy and Shaun setup the table for making your own magic wax candles!

What a team!

The team saw “The Rodeo Clowns” perform and also “Roll the Stones” a tribute band to the Rolling Stones! You guys are lucky!

The team sold their new signature wood wick soy candles, Happy Hands hand sanitizer, Essential Oils, Scent Rocks air fresheners, Scent Silk body lotion, and make your own magic wax candles! We’ll see you next year!

Miami Dolphin James Pruitt visits ScentsAbility!

ScentsAbility received a very special visit from retired Miami Dolphins wide receiver James Pruitt. Mr. Pruitt was a natural with the team. He discussed what it was like to be different and how we have to hold our chins up every day. The team took him for a tour of the shop and showed him everything they do to keep the shop running. Then Mr. Pruitt gave each member an “I C.A.R.E” button and autographed everyone’s shirts. Mr Pruitt is a class act!