Meet the Makers: James and Lainey Lake 8

Lake Candles

Lake Candles is a Kansas City operated, soy candle company that began in October 2015 by James and Lainey Lake. Lainey is born and raised in Leawood, KS and James is from Houston, TX however the couple met in Kansas City in 2010, got married in Kansas City in 2014, and currently reside in Fairway, KS (hence the name of their holiday candle ‘Fairway Fir’).  Each soy blend candle is hand poured by James and Lainey, in the basement of their home.

Lainey began making candles for their home some time ago because she was always interested in knowing how to make a candle. Lainey loves to always try new crafts or projects, and making candles was her favorite of all. Once she began making them and perfecting them, she got hooked and made too many for their home and started giving them as gifts. She had ‘sip and sniff’ parties for her friends to find out which scents were best. She began having people she didn’t know reach out to her for candles and/or events.

Our favorite thing about the product is that each and every single candle is from start to finish, made by the both of us. It is a production that we enjoy doing together.

James and Lainey had a good Kansas City friend help create their branding and packaging. The triangle in the LAKE represents fire in alchemy symbols. All of the boxes are made in Kansas City by a company called All Packaging Company. The boxes are made to represent a sun setting on a lake. The bottom half is the actual topography of a lake. The pink on the top of the boxes is made to represent the sun setting on the lake horizon. 

Lake Candles are sold at Fiddley Fig, Made in KC, Sidelines Floral, RSVP, Architexure Salon, Frankie and Jules, Garment District, Hair Parlour, Love of Character in Wichita, Online on Houzz, Sasha Malchi Home in Tulsa, OK, Harvey Girls Gallery in Seal Beach, CA, The Cornerstone Store in Lake Geneva, WI, and Nick’s Greenhouse and Flower Shop in Pella, IA.