Local Legends – Robert Lundgren Jones Tour Guide11th April 2018
Who are you?
Hi! I am Holly Brown and I am the owner of Brown and Co. Durham. I live with my family (my fiance, my 2 children, 2 dalmatians and 9 horses) at Hamsterley Mill and have lived in the North East of England my whole life. I grew up in the Tyne valley and moved across to the Derwent valley in 2009.
What is your business?
Brown and Co. Durham is a luxury candle and wax company specialising in highly fragranced natural candles and wax melts. They are all handpoured using beautiful soy wax for the wax melts and a blend of soy and coconut wax for the candles.
How did you get started with what you do?
Following the arrival of my 2 young boys it was impossible to continue to pursure my equestrian career and Brown and Co. Durham was born from a love of special home fragrance and a necessity to fit around family life. A little mouse had a wonderful time chewing through the waste pipe of our dishwasher and it was at that time that I decided I needed a little extra help to make my kitchen smell lovely again which brought about my first ever wax melts. Through huge amounts of trial and error we now stock over 30 different fragrances for our wax and they are all still used in my kitchen now.
What do you like most about living in Northumberland?
I absolutely adore the raw countryside of Northumberland. My parents still live there in Chollerford so whilst I am now slightly on the outskirts of the county I spend a huge amount of time there. It's a beautiful, natural place where I find I can really unwind.
What's your greatest achievement?
In life my greatest achievement by far is my 2 children, who inspire me every day and fill me with absolute joy. They are such an amazing gift. From a business perspective I think my greatest achievement has been to actually bring the business to where it is today! With 2 young children in the house fitting everything in can sometimes be tricky! I'm very proud of how Brown and Co. has evolved and is continuing to do so.
How can people find out more about what you do?
Our website is https://brownandcodurham.com
which is our shop and also has our blog and some useful information too. We are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as Brown and Co. Durham and we'd love to see you there.