Our Time at the NCA Convention

Our Time at the NCA Convention

We kicked off the summer with an event we’ve been looking forward to for a long time: The National Candle Association’s annual conference!

We didn’t have to go far — the conferencewas right in our backyard in Weston, Florida. We were really lucky the NCA decided to host so close, and it gave us the  opportunity to reveal our Glow in the Glades candle to each attendee of the conference. Master perfumer Kari Ariente of Symrise helped us perfectly capture the notes of the Florida everglades and photographer Steve Romero provided a beautiful west Florida sunset to include in our packaging. We’re really proud of that scent, and we’re happy each person got to take a little bit of the glades back home.

The conference was action-packed, and most importantly, we got to connect with many people who mean so much to us. To start, we hosted tours at the shop on Tuesday. In two groups, people got to come get a tour of the shop and see us in action. It was awesome to open the doors to our happy place to so many people. And we made sure the place was decked out, NCA style.

 

We got to work and hand-painted a welcome banner that we hung in the entrance  to our parking lot that said “Welcome NCA.” We were really proud of it! Team ScentsAbility was so excited, wearing our best ScentsAbility shirts and ready to mingle. Chef Joanne made an amazing spread for our guests and Anais’ Aunt made a custom cake. How amazing is that cake??

The first group really got the true ScentsAbility experience and even poured candles with us. They were so impressed by our factory and the level of knowledge our team had about candles. The second tour was also impressed and really felt the happy feeling that everyone says they feel when they come to ScentsAbility.

We’re so grateful that several members of the NCA raised money that sponsored not only our attendance, but room cost. With that sponsorship, we were able to stay at Bonaventure and be just steps away from all the events throughout the week. Our great friend, Symrise, sponsored our booth for the week.

After a delicious breakfast on the second day of the conference, Bonnie presented our updates and progress since last year’s convention to a group. She got to dive in deep about our Work, Live, Play model and gave a short intro for those who were new and did not hear Bonnie speak the previous year, and had the opportunity to thank some of our amazing donators: International Group, Anchor Hocking, Symrise and Cosmo Fragrance, Boehm Label, Wick-it and Wood Wick Intl.

Denise spoke about the unique perspective of a parent to a person with intellectual disabilities, and how vital a place like Scentsability is for Lexi. Then Lexi took the main stage and brought the house down with her engaging smile, her heartfelt words and love for ScentsAbility. There was not a dry eye in the audience. 

Some of our young adults learned more about colors and trends in an afternoon breakout session, and we spent the rest of the afternoon connecting with friends old and new, and selling candles.

The final day of the NCA was busy, and filled with gratitude. The NCA has opened  so many doors for us, and provided some of our deepest connection. During the final day, Orchidia Fragrance told us that they were given the green light to offer us free scents. We’re so grateful for the donation, and we’re working with them now, as they guide us on trends and consistency, and we can’t wait to see what we  create with them. More to come on that! 

That evening it was party time. It was really important to us that we acknowledge  some of the people that have made our great growth possible. These people are our team! Andreas Steiner from Symrise, who sponsored our booth and actually flew from Europe to be with our kids; Eileen Hendrick from Symrise, who is our angel and handled all the fundraising to sponsor our trip; and, William Muench, one of our biggest mentors and frequent visitor to our store. The party was awesome, and more importantly, we were really grateful to recognize some of the people that are important to us. one of our biggest mentors and frequent visitor to our store. The party was awesome, and more importantly, we were really grateful to recognize some of the people that are important to us.

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!

 

 

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!

 

Bright Horizons Magic Candles

Bright Horizons Magic Candles

It was a very special day for ScentsAbility. We visited the Bright Horizons school for special education, some with severe disabilities. The candle making process was modified with automatic pouring machines that assisted those that don’t have the ability to hold a scoop with their hands. The student presses the color they want to use. The tablet they use speaks the command that the student selects. Team ScentsAbility helped each and every student make a magic wax candle to bring home for Valentine’s Day! Great job team! Thank you to the staff at Bright Horizons for all of the incredible work you do for individuals with special needs.

ScentsAbility’s First Fundraiser is a Smash Hit!

ScentsAbility’s First Fundraiser is a Smash Hit!

Painting for a Purpose was an amazing event and so much fun! Thank you for helping us on our mission to provide job training, employment and housing for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Special thank you to Joy Carter, Jennifer Pollack Percival, Temple Dor Dorim Palm Caterers, Lucky’s Market of Coral Springs, Dan Marino Foundation, Arlotta Entertainment, Naomi Alzate-Martin, Denise Anderson, Jodi Cohen, Jill Alter, Donna Davila, Robyn from A Painting Fiesta of Weston, all attendees and our amazing Team at ScentsAbility!

ARC National Convention

ScentsAbility was invited to attend the ARC National Convention in Orlando, a joint event on the inclusion of people with disabilities and their families hosted by The Arc of the United States and Inclusion International. The team attended seminars on The Future of Advocacy & Inclusion, and also took part in Entrepreneur Alley!

 

The General Session included the full cast of Born This Way for an exciting conversation about public perception of people with disabilities, community inclusion, employment, family, and much more. Team ScentsAbility took photos with the cast and also received autographed pictures. Later that night the team enjoyed food, fun and dancing with the cast of Born This Way! Watch their video on youtube!

Thank you to ARC for inviting ScentsAbility to this very special event!

 

 

ScentsAbility volunteers at Lucky’s Market!

ScentsAbility volunteers at Lucky’s Market!

The ScentsAbility team volunteered at Lucky’s Market this weekend and handed out coupons and flyers for Lucky’s Market. They had a great time at Lucky’s Fall Festival. It was the least the team could do for the incredible donation they received from Lucky’s Market! ScentsAbility can’t wait to have Lucky’s drop by the candle shoppe so they can see the new look!

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Jessica, Michael, Billy and Kim had loads of fun meeting and greeting customers!

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Kim showed off her bagging skills that she learned from working at Publix for over thirteen years!

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Billy and Michael wished every customer a great day as they walked out. Jessica went shopping and bought some of Lucky’s delicious food!

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Khari hands out coupons!

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Shop At Lucky’s Market

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Have you ever seen anyone this happy to hold a pumpkin!? Thank you to Lucky’s for letting team ScentsAbility show off their talents. They are grateful for having the opportunity to work with the wonderful staff at Lucky’s Market.

 

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Lexy & Latasha at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa

ScentsAbility was invited to the 2nd Annual Yoga, Sip and Shop, Presented by I AM YOGA. A benefit to support MyHopeChest, funding reconstruction for breast cancer survivors.

Lexy & Latasha were on their own today at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa for this very special event. They performed like pros on only their third event! They had a blast meeting and greeting visitors at the spa, and did an incredible job showcasing ScentsAbility products. We’re so proud of both of you!

Lexy and Latasha sold ScentsAbility soy candles, ScentRocks air fresheners, Happy Hands hand sanitizer, and ScentsAbility essential oils. The booth looked amazing! Great job!

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Thank you to ALAYA, and the Bonaventure Resort & Spa for inviting ScentsAbility to this very special fundraising event.

ScentsAbility candles at Broward County summer camps!

The ScentsAbility team had long and busy summer this year. They crisscrossed the county visiting one summer camp after the other. The team brought their Make Your Own Magic Wax Candles for kids to summer camp to make their own creation!

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Over 1000 super fun kids all over the county made their own scented candles! ScentsAbility sends a tremendous thank you to Deerfield Beach summer camps, and to the Broward County School system!


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