Happy New Years!! December 31 2014
2014 has been a great year for us—and hopefully you, too!—but definitely for us.
And we’re proud to announce that we’ve got some big things happening in 2015. First, we’re getting a professional photographer to replace all of my crappy iPhone pictures. We also have a (from what I’m told) a competent web developer whose going to make our site look like less of a train wreck.
And as for candles! We’ve got new ones brewing. We’ll be releasing at least three new candles over the next month and we’re almost done with picking a winner for the Strawberry naming contest that we totally haven’t forgotten about.
Enjoy the last night of 2014. See you all next year -- Mark
Just another quick update to all customers: December 13 2014
We have another massive set of shipments going out Monday. If you ordered this past week and haven’t received a shipping email, you should be getting one Monday (12.15).
If you have any questions or special requests, just email firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s sitting at his computer just waiting for your email.
We also wanted to update our customers on the strawberry naming contest. We realized we said we’d have a winner picked by now, but the problem is we have literally hundreds of submissions and some really funny avenues to choose. Since this will be a spring scent, we want to do it right and not rush it. We promise we’ll be revealing the winner and label soon.
In other news, if you order two (or more) candles, make sure you use the secret coupon code: 2for25. If you don’t, we’ll laugh at you-- not with you.
Lastly, we have a big flicking newsletter that comes out every couple of months. Sign up here.
With love, -- Mark
What an awesome week! December 08 2014
We made it onto Tosh.0!!! ....well, we made it onto their blog at least. Thanks to Sam Jarvis for the post! We’ll send you some free candles if you send us your address.
We’ve also figured out that if you want our candles by Christmas, you will need to be place your order by December 18th. There’s still a chance that orders placed after the 18th will arrive by Christmas, but this is our ‘safe date.’
If you have specific questions, please ask Mark. You can reach him at Mark@Flickcandles.com The more emails he gets, the more excited he gets about life in general. He is also planning a company party but his wife won’t let them use their house.
PS: 2for25 is a super secret discount code. USE IT.
Update on recent orders December 06 2014
Thanks to Reddit and a couple of other websites, but mostly Reddit, we’ve had more orders this past week than in the history of our entire company. We’ve been able to ship a lot of those orders, but not all of them. If you ordered this past week and your candles did not ship yet, they will go out this upcoming Monday, 12.8.12. (SEE EDIT) Most people order our candles as gifts for other people. If shipping this upcoming Monday means you will not get your candles in time, or you want more specific information regarding your order, feel free to email us at Mark@flickcandles.com. Along with being the most handsome and smartest employee of the Flicking Candle Company, Mark is also in charge of answering email. He's also rarely leaves his house, doesn't make eye contact with other people, and has no social skills. Just sending a 'hello' email makes his day (he literally prints them out and hangs them on his refrigerator). Thank you all for your orders! -- Mark
EDIT: ....12.8.14 is the date we meant. We messed up the year....Thanks to Ashlie for pointing out we're idiots.
To all the Redditors who stopped by today: November 30 2014
We don't know where it is, but one or a few of you posted our candle shop to reddit today and blew us away with page hits and orders. We just want to send you all a special thank you for visiting and sharing our site. You don't know how much this does for our little company. Thank you thank you. -- Mark
Thanksgiving Thanks November 27 2014
We just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. We appreciate everyone who has clicked, liked, shared, laughed, or purchased our candles. We are grateful to all of the websites that shared our candles with their viewers and the nice things you’ve all said about us. Have a great Thanksgiving everybody! – Mark & The Flick Candles.
Ten Days left for Thanksgiving Dinner for One November 17 2014
Dear Flicking Fans,
Thanksgiving is almost upon us, which is a time to reflect on just how much poorer we could be and to simply shut up and stop complaining for a day. Also, turkey.
But this year, Thanksgiving means so much more: it means you only have 10 more days to order your very own Thanksgiving Dinner for One candle until its retired. We will be shelving it until next year, or maybe the year after. We don’t know how long it’ll be gone for, but it’s definitely going away. Don’t let the light go out on this amazing opportunity. If you can’t have the warmth of friends and family, you can at least get some from this amazingly scented candle.
In other news, we’re still working through our latest contest to name the Strawberry-scented candle. There’s a lot more that goes into making these candles than people realize. First, we take an entire field of strawberries and light them on fire. Then, we send out scent-smelling experts to determine what enflamed strawberries smell like. Lighting strawberries on fire is expensive, and this test must be repeated multiple times to make sure we get it right. And to make the challenge even harder, we have to do this to some poor farmer without getting caught.
We’re also proud to announce we were recently featured on Headlines & Heros! Check us out over there. They had some awesome things to say about us.
We have other candles coming out soon as well, so stay tuned and sign up for our Big Flicking Mailing list. I promise we won’t sell your email address out to anyone else… unless we’re given a really good offer. -- Mark
Contests, New Retail Locations, and More candles coming soon! November 04 2014
Our second contest will be ending today. We’ve asked you, our fans, to give us the best idea for a strawberry-scented candle. We’ve started going through your submissions, and you didn’t disappoint us. Some of your submissions are crazy… We’ll be going through them all and announcing winners in the next few weeks. We'll have a new contest soon!
Remember, if you’re ordering two candles please use our super secret code: 2for25 which cuts your order down to just $25.00 +$4.99 shipping.
Don’t forget to sign up to our Big Flicking Newsletter, too. We’ll have a few new candles out before the holidays, and we’ll be announcing them there first-- also possibly with a sweet new deal, too.
Lastly, we had a flood of orders from the Texas region this past month and we can’t figure out why. Who was talking about us over there?
Please keep lighting responsibly -- Mark
Happy Fall 2 Candles for $25 October 05 2014
Dear Flicking Fans,
It's officially the Fall season. We've got some exciting developments happening here at the Flicking Candle Company. First, the 3rd fiscal quarter has come to a close and it's official: our profit is up 1000% from last quarter. Mostly this is because we didn't exist last year, but, needless to say, all two of our stockholders are thrilled. Currently, you can't buy stock in our company-- but you can buy candles that are in stock here.
Secondly, we're at war with The Huffington Post. They reviewed 16 pumpkin spice candles and our very own Nicotine Pumpkin Patch didn't even make the list! We think they shafted us on purpose. Six of the 10 reviews were Yankee candles...we think big business & the Media are a little too friendly with each other. You've been put on notice, Huff Post...However, this doesn't stop ups from loving your original shout-out to us back in June. Thanks again!
Check out the contest page. We're looking for YOUR idea on new candles. Also, check out who won our last contest by default: We only had one entry.
In other news, our very popular 2for25 coupon code is back! Just type in 2for25 at the checkout screen and have our candle order of two candles just cost 24.98 + shipping! Fun fact: If you order 3 or more candles you can still use the code and it'll deduct 8.99 from your order. This is due to the fact that we don't really know how to make our cupon codes work correctly, so you win!
As always, sign up for our newsletter here. It's like a newspaper, but free and all about us.
Flick Candles Arrives in the Windy City September 18 2014
We have great news for Flicking Fans in the Chicago area! You can now purchase our candles at the very unique Judy Maxwell Home General Store located in the old town neighborhood of Chicago at 1363 N Wells St.
Judy Maxwell has the distinct honor of being the first store in the lower 48 states to carry our line of candles. They also have some other cool and unique gifts as well, so if you’re in the area definitely check them out. Their slogan is “generally pretty good” which fits right in what we think of ourselves. If you do buy one of our candles from Judy Maxwell, please remember to light responsibly. Historically speaking, Chicago and open flames don’t mix very well.
What our Candles Actually Smell Like September 11 2014
We’re often asked what our candles smell like, and we usually respond with, “a mixture of depression and despair.” That answer isn’t always good for business, and, in truth, we think our candles smell great. But we’re not alone!
Nicotine Pumpkin Patch September 08 2014
One hallmark of the changing seasons is how everything starts to suddenly taste like pumpkin. Not to be left out, we're launching our first Fall scented candle: Nicotine Pumpkin Patch for the recreational smoker and black-lung enthusiast. If you're going through your annual attempt to quit smoking you might as well do it in the most trendy way possible, with Fall flavors.
Our newsletter members were given the inside scoop on our next few candles. We'll be launching one a week from now until it's officially hoodie weather. All members of the Big Flicking Newsletter were also put into a contest against their will, where they can win free candles. You can get in on the fun by joining here.
We're also super proud that we were recently mentioned on Elvis Duran and the morning show. We're sending some candles your way.
Until next week, happy lighting -- Mark
1,000th Candle Sold & Contests August 30 2014
We’re proud to announce we've sold our 1,000th candle! To celebrate this milestone, we’re going to give out 1,000 more candles! If you want one all you have to do is go to this page, pick out which candle you want, go to checkout, pay for it, and we’ll send it to you. It’s that simple!
We’re also proud to announce the first of many contests. This first contest will run the entire month of September. Check it out at our new Contest Page. Winners get free candles.
We’re also one week away from announcing our first new candle. If you want a sneak peek you have to join the Big Flicking Newsletter.
Have a great Labor Day weekend. – Mark
New Candles & ALS Challenge August 19 2014
It’s been a few weeks since our last update, and we have some exciting news. In a couple of weeks we’ll be unveiling our Fall & Winter collection of candles. We will be releasing them one at a time come early September through October, but you can get a sneak peek by signing up for our Big Flicking News Letter here. We’ll let our newsletter readers in on all the candles before they are unveiled.
We also pride ourselves on being followers, not leaders. And so to follow in the footsteps of everyone else we wanted to get in on the ALS challenge by dumping some ice on ourselves and donating $25 dollars to the ALS association.
In doing so, we've designated Smells Like a DWI to take the challenge for all of us.
In the spirit of the challenge we’d like to nominate you, Yankee Candle Company. You’ve got 24 hours to pour some ice over some candles and/or donate to ALS.
Have a great week everybody -- Mark
2 For 25 Deal August 05 2014
If you haven’t heard already, we’re offering a sweet promotional deal: 2 candles for $25. If you order two candles and type in the not-so-secret-anymore code at checkout, 2for25, your candle purchase goes from $33.98 to $24.98! You’ll still have to pay the flat shipping rate, but it’s a great deal and it’ll stay in effect for the rest of summer.
Some of you have already bought candles using the 2for25—and here are some of the combinations you bought:
In other awesome news, we hit one of the greatest news sites: Buzzfeed. Special thanks to Buzzfeed’s own Brian Galindo for an awesome article. We’d like to send you some candles, but we don’t have your address. Apparently you don’t post it all over the internet.
Summer Loving July 28 2014
Ever have that summer relationship at the shore that just ends in threats, stalking, and good ol’ fashioned fear for your safety? We’re proud to introduce Restraining Order Ocean Breeze as our 15th and final summer candle of 2014.
This inexpensive souvenir is a great way to commemorate ‘the one that got away’ through a court-mandated order. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list here. Until next week, - Mark
Hitting Comedy Central July 21 2014
Another Great Week July 14 2014
Although it was published on July 6th, we just recently came across a featured article on the Japanese website rocketnews24.com. While we don’t understand a word they said, we’re glad they said it. The article can be seen here.
We’ve also gotten some great emails over the past seven days and one stands out in particular that we had to share. Apparently, we have a very talented poet among us, named Mike Dailey, who wrote the following:
The Flicking Candle Company has staked out its own niche
With scents so unexpected they are bound to become rich
No scent of summer beach time or of the wildwood flower
These candles celebrate the scent of folks who need a shower
The scent of Ruined Friendship, of Unprotected Sex
The scent of Unexpected Weight Gains, of the one who’s now your ex
The scent of dear old grandma now that she rests in peace
Of Criminal Activity or your just arrested niece
Helen Keller’s Key Lime Pie, One Night Teakwood Stand
The scent of someone’s DUI, of Bromance – man to man
The Freshman 15 Poundcake, the Surprise Baby Powder
The scent of real rejection, of coming out but louder
So if you’re in the market for smells that are unique
Click on to Flicking Candles for their products really reek
Thanks, Mike! We'd nominate you for an award if we could. You'll just have to settle with a free candle coming your way in the near future. Enjoy the summer sun and light responsibly -- Mark
Two Big Questions July 08 2014
People have been asking me two questions all week.
The first is, “Mark, what is your favorite candle?” These candles are like my children, and as a parent, I certainly do have a favorite. The candle I like the best is the one that is the most popular, Freshly Signed Divorce Papers. Having said that, I also love the smells of Smells like a DWI, Cancelled Vacation, and Helen Keller’s Key Lime Pie. Of course, nothing sends a better message then giving any one of these fine candles to an acquaintance or soon-to-be former friend.
The second question people have asked is, “Are any more candles coming?” The answer to that question is also yes. We have one more summer candle that will come out within the next month that deals with love on a whole new landscape. Pretty soon, we’ll be gearing up for a depressing fall season and a cold winter-- and all new candle scents that capture those special moments.
Until next time, happy lighting -Mark
PS: As always, if you want me to annoy you directly in your inbox you can always sign up for our newsletter here.
Monday Update: June 30 2014
Dear Flicking Fans,
I spent the better of this weekend ignoring all child labor laws and inviting the neighborhood kids to play ‘Factory’ as we boxed up all the weekend candle orders. Anybody who ordered one of our lovely candles Friday –Sunday, your order will ship by this afternoon. We thank you for your order.
The other good news I have to share is that by this Thursday evening (July 3rd), we should have a huge supply of all of our favorite scents ready to go. I’m proud to say there should be no shortages of anything! I will send out a reminder to everyone on my mailing list. This Thursday: Every scent available and in large enough quantities to meet the demand.
I’m happy to say that all of this will be set up just in time for America’s Birthday. Although no shipments will go out on the 4th, you will still be able to place orders. Enjoy! -- Mark
PS: Sign up for our newsletter here
Friday's Flicking Update June 27 2014
I had no idea there were so many drunk and divorced people who had an affinity for Helen Keller’s pastries. Freshly Signed Divorce Papers, Smells like a DWI, and Helen Keller’s Key Lime Pie have all sold out. And, I only have a few left in stock in many of my other fragrances. I could not have asked for a better start to the Flicking Candle Company.
I have found my little online shop reposted on many other sites this past week, and I want to thank everyone who shared, upvoted, and liked it. I’ve had letters from people all over the world, and plenty of you have written to me personally. This morning I saw my shop was featured on the Huffington Post, thanks to Brittany Wong. Danny Cox of Examiner.com also gave us a great review. Brittany & Danny, you will be getting some of my finest candles sent your way once I get all of this under control.
The good news is that I will have a much bigger stock of candles for sale in the near future; the bad news is that the near future is roughly this time next week (July 3rd or 5th).
If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, please do so. A link can be found here. I have yet to use it, but I will notify customers through that email list once I get more supplies. I will also be using that news letter for future announcements.
Have a great weekend!
Well That Escalated Quickly June 25 2014
Dear everyone who has bought my candles and visited my site:
I can’t thank you enough. Until a few days ago, I had not shared these with anyone except for a few people. I showed them to some of my close friends, and when I told my wife I was going to start a candle business, she thought I was crazy-- but she supported me anyway because she legally has to. I am both thrilled and overwhelmed that (ironically enough) Freshly Signed Divorce Papers made it to the front page of Reddit. I also want to thank DudeIwantThat.com, Pastemagazine.com, and Odditymall.com for the awesome write ups.
Many of you have asked me about when Freshly Signed Divorce Papers is coming back in stock. I should have everything restocked and ready to go by the middle of next week. I am also developing more scents for the fall. Some of you have asked about signing up for my currently non-working newsletter. I should have that up and running by tonight or tomorrow, and I will be announcing my new scents through there. This sudden popularity really caught me with my pants down, and I haven’t had an incident like that since 1995.
One sure-fire way to contact me now is through the ‘Contact Us’ button on my website. Thanks again, -- Mark
Update 6/26: The Big Flicking Newsletter is working. You can sign up to receive emails, future coupons, announcements, and my general thoughts on life here
My Business email also works now. Feel free to email me at Mark@Flickcandles.com
Launch Day June 22 2014
Today is the official launch of the Flicking Candle Company and our site FlickCandles.com. It is with great pleasure that we can bring to the world the scents and fragrances that truly capture all of life’s achievements, disappointments, and shortcomings.
We currently have fourteen candles that can be viewed in all their glory from the catalog page. We also have some of our candles categorized into more intimate collections. The Buddy Collection celebrates all manner of friendships and is the perfect gift for any special person in your life. We also offer the precious moment’s collection that highlights everything from college rejection, divorce, unexpected pregnancy, and drunken nights that end in criminal charges.
On our Launch day we would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has helped this dream become a reality. Thanks to Michael, Camala, Carol, Jesse, Mark, Aubrey, Kevin, Christopher, George, Susan, Amanda, Lauren, Josh, Greg, Kyle, and Mr. Erikson. There are countless other people who have helped along the way and we want to thank them all.While the supply of candles will keep our homes warm and smelling nice, they won’t do anything else. Please buy our candles so we can eat. Thank you.
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