The sale of Coast Candle Company presents the opportunity to own a very popular lifestyle business in one of the most vibrant tourist destinations in the Highlands. The sale includes the brand “Coast Candle Company” which is a successful candle making business producing scented products. This candle making business was created seven years ago and has since gone from strength to strength. Such was the growth in the business that the decision was made to develop a retail unit and the shop opened to the public in 2014. The shop is not restricted to selling only scented products, and a range of other products are sold. However as a unique selling point and to give visitors an experience, candle making workshops are conducted. This is certainly something which could be rolled out across the Highlands as clients can design and blend their own unique scented candles. The workshops consist of a 40 minute drop-in workshop every Friday costing £20, and a more in depth pre-booked masterclass lasting around 90 minutes and costing £55 per person. With more advertising and marketing this could attract clients from all over including cruise ships, corporate days out, etc
The owner operates from an ideal location in Dornoch center, the property is available to rent should new owners of this unique brand choose to remain in Dornoch, or alternatively there would be an option to purchase the building separately. The business operates four main income streams. The retail shop itself attracts a high footfall of customers who purchase in store, and the business also operates an online store with attractive web-site which could certainly be developed further. Coast Candle Co has also been commissioned to create bespoke products for the high-value drinks industry and candles have been created for Rock Rose Gin in Caithness, and Glen Wyvis Distillery amongst others, this is a growing sector of the business and one that can certainly be established further.
REASON FOR SELLING
The vendor has brought the business onto the market, due to her planned relocation. There will be a period of handover and training offered to the new proprietor if required.
There is a fully trained fulltime member of staff who runs the workshops and also produces the candles and scented goods at the premises. There are also one or two shop assistants as required depending on the time of year, plus a Saturday girl. Trading year-round, income is mainly generated during the busy tourist season, and of course the busy Christmas spell. There is also a demand from event organisers from hospitality gifts to wedding favours and this is also an area that could be expanded further. The business operates year-round with the retail unit operating Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm.
The Royal Burgh of Dornoch is placed within the historical county of Sutherland, overlooking the Dornoch Firth, south towards Tarbetness and the Moray Coast and North to Golspie, Brora and Helmsdale. The town has a population of about 1,300 which swells greatly during the main trading season due to the high number of tourists and visitors to the area. Dornoch is also one of the main attractions on the world renowned North Coast 500 route. A designated National Scenic and Conservation Area, Dornoch is a popular and tranquil location with its unique atmosphere, outstanding scenery and the mild micro climate making it a popular visitor attraction for many. Dornoch also boasts the number 2 golf course in the world. 30,000 rounds are played over the Dornoch Links annually, with many players returning year on year. Royal Dornoch celebrated its 400th anniversary recently and Coast Candle Co. designed their unique scented products to mark this historical occasion.
Dornoch offers visitors and residents alike a good range of facilities and amenities including restaurants, shops, hotels, schools and a college plus its Seaside Award for its clean bathing beach. The area has a much broader appeal with walks, fishing, field sports, and water sports all being readily available. There are a great many places of historic interest within an hours’ drive. The town has some excellent Sandstone buildings, including the c.13th Century Cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace (now a Hotel), the Courthouse and Old Town Jail. The town has a charm and elegance that makes this a very popular residential area. Dornoch is only an hour from Inverness, which has an Airport and major transport links. The town of Tain is circa 6 miles away which has an extended range of specialist shops/supermarkets and services.
The business is offered for sale separately from the premises. Should new owners wish to maintain operations from this building, the owner is happy to lease the premises for an annual rental of £14,400, paid monthly in advance. Details of the property are available from the selling agent.
Externally there is a small courtyard. Parking is by public parking spaces located in the square. There are no grounds to the front of the shop.
The property is fully double glazed benefitting from mains electricity, water and drainage.