Big News For Casondra!
When we launched RE + NEW +ALL Candle as its own social enterprise a little over a month ago, our goal was to not only provide jobs for women survivors, but to create an opportunity for people in our community of Memphis to come together and make a difference in the lives of others on a larger scale.
While that was our heart, we knew we had to find partners who are aligned with our mission to help us further this vision. Little did we know, there was already a woman working hard to create this kind of culture here in Memphis.
Lauren Young, the owner of Sweet Lala’s Bakery, has been using her tasty treats to make a difference in the lives of her customers by providing them with sweets made with love from those who have been given a second chance.
You see, years ago, Lauren began partnering with JIFF, a local organization in Memphis that works with juveniles to help them get back on track after being incarcerated. Lauren has since expanded her touch and is now using her business to support other local mission based organizations. With this in mind, we knew a partnership with Lauren and Sweet Lalas HAD to happen, and guess what...
We were right!!
Last week, we dropped off our first load of candles and this week, we received a message that they had SOLD OUT!!! What!?!? We were over the moon excited, but it gets even better...
One day while we were making candles at the studio, Casondra, our head candle maker came to us and said she had written a poem that she wanted to share.
In Casondra's poem, she wrote that after working with her hands and seeing that she could do something special, she was beginning to dream of owning her own bakery one day.
Can you guess what happened next?
We shared her poem with Lauren, and Lauren graciously agreed to let her shadow the team at Sweet Lala’s. This was a dream come true for Casondra, but it did not stop there.
Tonight at 5:45pm and all weekend long, Fox Channel 13 in Memphis will be featuring a story on Sweet Lala’s Bakery with a special guest appearance from none other than our head candle maker, Casondra!!!
Casondra will be sharing about the RE + NEW + ALL candles and our partnership with Lauren and her team. Our hearts are so full knowing that we live in a community with people who long to make a difference.
We hope you will continue to join us on our journey and tune in tonight as we watch Casondra make her debut.
Take a look at Casondra's poem below 👇
If you're looking to join our mission and help support these wonderful women on their journey, you can shop our favorite candles here.
Every purchase goes towards creating an environment for survivors to be empowered, have community, and experience restoration.