Candelabra

Candelabra

Interview with Whitney Moore of Candelabra

When did you open your store? March 2001

How did you get started in the business? I was a fashion merchandising major from UNC-G and had a career in fashion retail for almost ten years, when I moved to Charleston I switched to interiors.

What do you love about owning the shop? I have a passion for things and playing with design by showing new ways to put things together.

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Where did the name Candelabra come from? When Candelabra first started it was a lighting intensive store, and the name came from a part of the light fixture. Now we carry lighting, furniture, and home décor, but the name stuck! Plus, we still strongly believe that lighting is one of the most important aspects of a home!

What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of the business? Getting clients to understand your vision for their home and step outside of the box to create something they will love!

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Their Favorite Design Tip?

Just as jewelry completes an outfit, lighting completes a room. Don’t skip out on lighting as one of the focal points to a room setting!

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Do you have any favorite pieces in the store right now? So many favorite pieces! Loving anything with Tibetan lamb (throws, pillows, ottomans), Natural Curiosities‘ exclusive line of art for Candelabra debuting this spring, ceramic wall wishbones, modern bohemian pillow mixes, our new line of vibrant and patterned flat weave rugs, sputnik inspired chandeliers and the Serena drum from Oly is ALWAYS a favorite!

What is your favorite quote? “Dive right in” or “Sink or swim, I choose to swim.”

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Favorite vacation destination? It’d have to be a tie between Turks & Caicos and Smith Mountain Lake Virginia!

What is something you have learned in the business that you didn’t expect? Everything, everyday (with the exception of retail math and structure).

What items are your best sellers? All Oly Studio light fixtures, Dunes and Duchess candelabras, the Robert Abbey Bling collection and pillows, pillows pillows!

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“We appreciate our customers and build strong relationships with them. When something comes in that might work for their particular space & style, we reach out and let them know! Because of this we have several customers that have been working with us for years, and once we build that trust with them they want to come back to Candelabra for any home projects. We are happy every time they do!”

-Whitney on the importance of customer service at Candelabra


 

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What inspires you? My 2 beautiful girls and setting a good example for them; giving them security and structure.

Tell us about your team members.  I am very blessed with a wonderful, hardworking, caring team full of talent.

Do you have a favorite customer story? For politically correct reasons, no :) but it is always wonderful to hear that customers are happy with their purchases and feel good in their home!

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Are there any restaurants or shops in the area that you like to visit? Pages Okra grill is a team favorite…especially spaghetti day on Thursdays!! Zoes and Basil are also great for lunch and S.O.L. is a favorite for brunch on Sundays.

What are your top 3 favorite stores in the world? Piperlime, Candelabra (of course!), and our sister store, Lyndon Leigh!

What sets them apart?

In this industry it is important to see, touch, and display the items that you are selling to your customers. Our sales team is incredibly knowledgeable about the textures, quality, scale, and feel of each line that we carry because they have worked with it in the showroom. In addition to that, the customers are able to experience the products first hand which makes it easier to visualize for their home…and a lot more fun!

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Any store mascots (kids, pets, good luck charms…)? We have Jasper the Shih Tzu as our mascot!

Anything else you would like to tell us about your shop? Please check out our new sister store Lyndon Leigh, it is located just minutes from Candelabra!

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Candelabra in 5 Seconds…

  • Coffee or Tea? Coffee – AT LEAST 3 cups a day!!
  • Salty or Sweet? Both, combined.
  • Beach or Mountains? Beach!
  • Beer or Wine? Wine please!
  • City or Country? City.
  • Cats or Dogs? Dogs!


Mt. Pleasant, SC

843.849.7775

Candelabra specializes in refined, sophisticated yet fun home furnishings.  Their eclectic style is strongly emphasized by their love of lighting, which you will realize the moment you walk in the door.  Feeling overwhelmed?  Our design consultants can help you achieve your perfect look!

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