HEADLAND, Ala. (WDHN) — You have probably seen CreekSide Farm’s products around the Wiregrass, you just may not have known it.
“Lemon and Magnolia Boutique, Happy Chick, Naomi & Olive downtown, Miles of Flowers, Pure Imagination, the Cotton Blossom gift shop at Flowers Hospital,” listed CreekSide Farm’s Chandler Johnny Cook.
Since Cook began manufacturing candles and other gift-related items, he has been selling his products via wholesale retail.
“I expected to hear a lot of people say, ‘Well, we’ve been closed for the coronavirus and we don’t really have the money to spend on inventory’,” Cook explained. “But what I heard was since the shops have been able to open and have people back in, it’s been like Christmas.”
That feedback and those resulting sales helped Cook open a new studio in downtown Headland. And for the very first time, thanks to the Harvest Festival, Cook will sell his products directly to customers.
“We have a line that we just started,” Cook said. “We call it “The Mandles.” These have not even hit a retail shop yet. It’s scents like hickory barbeque smoke, Cuban cigar, firewood, tobacco and leather.”
Although fall festivals are common around the Wiregrass, this year they mean more than just celebrating cooler temperatures.
“Because there haven’t been a lot of markets allowed, people are anxious to get their best product out there,” Cook said. “You’ll see things out there that you won’t see in any other place, especially in a big box store.”
Customers will be able to visit CreekSide Farm’s studio this weekend during the Harvest Festival. The arts and crafts portion of the event is set for Saturday, October 10.
In addition, although candles might be one of CreekSide Farm’s main products, the business also uses a laser cuter to make ornaments, customized products, and logos.
You can learn more about Creekside Farm’s products by visiting its Facebook page.