What’s Happening: New Davidson County candle company catches the eye if Hollywood celebrities

Jill Doss-Raines
| The Dispatch

A candle company in Reedy Creek has caught the attention of a Hollywood celebrities;  the Welcome McDonald’s is undergoing renovation; and a woman’s clothing boutique in Lexington is shutting down after nine years of business. Here’s What’s Happening in Davidson County.

Candle company growing, reaching the stars

Watson Candle Company, a small, Davidson County business that opened three months ago, has landed on the radar of a Hollywood celebrity who has promoted the 100 percent soy, woodwick jar candles on his social media page.

The recognition also pushed up plans for founder and owner Bradley Watson to launch an online website so people who live outside Davidson County and can’t travel here are able to purchase online and have the candles shipped to them. Before this, the only way to buy a 12 oz. candle, in one of over 100 scents was to travel to Bradley’s Candle Shop in Tyro and fork over $8 cash.

Hollywood actor Pat Finn known for films “The Middle,” “It’s Complicated” and “I Am Chris Farley” and his work on TV sitcoms such as “Seinfield” messaged Watson a few weeks ago and asked about his candles. Watson is used to the inquires because his 12 oz. candles sell for $8, far below the average price of $18 for a soy candle.

“I kept looking at his name and I thought I knew him somehow,” said Watson.

When they set up a Zoom video meeting, he knew instantly who Finn was when his face appeared on Watson’s screen. 

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, I actually know him,” Watson said. “We talked about the scents we offer and what scents his wife likes.” 

Watson put a case of candles on a private plane and shipped them to Finn. After lighting the candles, Finn immediately began posting shout-outs to Watson, who makes the candles on his estate in Reedy Creek, social media. This led to other celebrities, such as David Bowe, ordering candles.

This experience got Watson to reconsider an earlier proclamation that he would not ship his candles. He worked quickly and launched an online store on March 8. The url is https://watson-candle-co.square.site/.

Other changes include accepting card transactions at the Tyro store, located at 4344 South Highway 150, and adding a new hand foaming soap line. There are 25 scents of hand soap, with plans to increase the offerings. There are now 172 candle scents. Some scents are offered only seasonally. Watson Candle Company also does limited edition scents. The limited-edition Valentine scent candle sold out in two days at the store.

“We have grown so fast,” Watson said. “We are happy we got the online store up and running.”

Watson charges a flat rate to ship in the United States only. The rate depends on how many candles are ordered. For example, if you are purchasing one to two candles the shipping cost is approximately $8 to $8.75, and three to nine candles cost about $13.95 to ship.

“We are eventually going to have to expand and open a bigger shop,” he said. “We love our place in Tyro, but we will need a larger place. I am excited we have made it this far. This is a new area with us with the online store and shipping. It’s a new stepping stone.”

McDonald’s renovating, but still open

It may look closed from the outside, but the McDonalds in Welcome is open while being renovated.

“Beginning March 8, the (Welcome) McDonald’s restaurant, located at 6421 Old U.S. Highway 52, began construction to modernize and deliver a redesigned, elevated guest experience with new levels of choice, engagement and service,” said Director of Operations KT Tompkins. 

When the remodel project is complete on April 9, customers will notice many new features at the store. Amond the improvements will be “a modern look and feel with new designs, seating options and new ways of ordering, Tomkins said. “The restaurant will feature self-ordering kiosks, Mobile Order Pay, McDelivery via DoorDash, Postmates, UberEATS, indoor and outdoor digital menu boards, and TVs. Technology is transforming every aspect of the customer experience. We are making significant investments in digital and technology to deliver added convenience, value and entertainment for our guests.”

The changes at the Welcome community fast-food chain will be similar to a new restaurant model that has been rolled out in thousands of McDonald’s restaurants across the world.

“We’re putting more choice and control in the hands of guests by evolving how they order, what they order, how they pay and how they are served,” he said. “As you will see, this new concept is about more than just upgrading the restaurant, adding technology or offering table service (when in-dining begins again). It’s about engaging customers on a whole new level while taking personal preferences into consideration.”

The drive-thru will remain open during the entire renovation. The lobby will shut down for a few weeks during part of the project. The lobby is currently open for take-out orders.

Downtown Lexington boutique closing

Another downtown Lexington women’s clothing store has announced it will close.

A Belle Boutique, located at 110 South Main St., will close March 27, according to a post on the store’s Facebook page. Shelli Everhart opened the store on Aug. 17, 2012, on West Second Avenue. Copper Lane on Main closed its clothing boutique at 113 N. Main St. on Dec. 24.

“After 9 years, I have decided to close the shop,!” the Facebook post reads. “I’m so thankful for all of your support and love all these years! God has been so good to me! Through A Belle Boutique, I’ve not only been blessed with a job I love but made friendships that are so special to me! thank you again! “

Everhart began the business because of her love of fashion she told a Dispatch reporter in 2012.  Originally, the business was just supposed to be an online store but it became popular and grew too large run from Everhart’s home. Phone calls left at the store for Everhart seeking comment were not returned.

“I’ve always been into fashion,” she said in an article about the store’s opening. “I went to UNC Charlotte and I found all these boutiques in Charlotte that I fell in love with. When I came back home, I had to go to Greensboro, Winston or Charlotte. I just wanted to open a place in Lexington and finally did.”

– Jill Doss-Raines is The Dispatch trending topics and personality profiles senior reporter and is always looking for tips about businesses and entertainment events, secret and new menu items, and interesting people in Davidson County. She wants to know what people in Davidson County are talking about. Contact me at jill.doss-raines@the-dispatch.com and subscribe to us at the-dispatch.com.

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