Killeen: Ellison high student starts her own candle business

Published: Jan. 11, 2020 at 8:25 PM CST
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17-year-old Makyah Prince has always been creative, even at an early age.

“When I was in the fifth grade, I used to make key chains and bracelets,” she said.

After inspiration from many online sources, she moved on from simple creations and started a business called Kyah’s Kandles.

She makes candles that look and smell like dessert drinks.

She made her first candle, which smelled like strawberry shortcake, in only 30 minutes.

“Everybody likes desserts,” she said.

From peaches and cream, blueberry pie, honeydew melon and even hot chocolate, the candles were a huge hit in the neighborhood.

She even started an Instagram account, highlighting her favorite creations to all of social media.

“I do it to make money but to also have fun,” she said.

“It keeps me busy and it’s actually a coping skill for me too.”

Her father, Tarus, says she gets her creative and ambitious spirit from her mother, and couldn’t be prouder.

“Always, she’s been business savvy for pretty much her whole life,” he said.

Makyah hopes to continue making candles while also earning a business degree when she goes to college.

With a simple idea and the support of her family, she believes chasing her passion will inspire others.

“You don’t have to be an adult or too old or too young to do this,” she said.

“You can start at any age cause you’re never too old to do anything.”

Anyone interested in learning more information can visit her Instagram page kyahs_kandles, her email, or call (254)-258-3041.