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EXPERIENCE THE ESSENCE OF ELIZABETH CITY

Craft candles made with love, 

exclusively found in Elizabeth City,

North Carolina

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ABOUT RIVER
CITY CRAFT CO.

Bringing the Heart of Elizabeth

City into Your Home

River City Craft Co. is a North Carolina-based craft business that highlights the special beauty of our river community by creating one-of-a-kind, handmade candles and products with scents based on the local environment. 

 

Scents have the power to captivate and move us - which is why River City Craft Co. develops each fragrance profile with passion and handles every candle with care. 

 

With a focus on craftsmanship, quality, and comfort, our candles transport you to a place unlike any other. When you bring home a River City Craft Co. candle, you bring home the cleansing rain, the salty air, the woodsy forests, and the dewy blossoms of the Albemarle.

EXPLORE OUR PRODUCTS

Hand-Crafted, Small Batch Soy Candles

Each River City Craft Co. scent arises from a unique blend of essential and aroma oils. Because we know how important it is to keep your home safe and healthy, all oils used in River City Craft Co. candles are 100% phthalate-free and adhere to the strictest standards of the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials.

 

Our 100% American-made candles are available in 2 oz and 8 oz tins, as well as 9 oz and 16 oz glass jars. You can also build a 4-pack of 2 oz candles to create a beautiful, customized gift box.

Harbor
Holiday

The candle that started it all. A riverside vacation for the senses through a unique blend of tobacco, gardenia, and pine.

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Pasquotank
Pastime

Cooling Camphor, Sage, Oak, Marine Air, and Lavender calm the soul as you drift along the river.

Tannin
Level

The dark waters of the Albemarle come alive in this woodsy compilation including oakmoss, amber, sandalwood, and dark musk.

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Makin'
Moonshine

A nod to the Albemarle’s moonshining past, smokey bourbon, cypress, and sugared amber lead you to the Dismal Swamp’s hidden stills.

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Causeway
Wake

As boats drift under the Camden Causeway to summer and winter destinations, ripples release a timeless scent of florals, sea air, salt, and wood.

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Riverside
Retreat

Travel to a cottage on the river and be enveloped in cedar, gardenia, lily, and cleansing rain water.

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Rockhock
Picnic

Summer isn’t really summer until Rockyhock melons come to town. Cool watermelon, honeydew, sugar, and sea air complete this delicious scent.

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Hertford
Farmlands

Our local farmers continually toil, plow, plant, and harvest. This blend of vetiver, hemp, musk, earth, and cypress is dedicated to them.

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Fair
Winds

Close your eyes, inhale, and sail the Intracoastal Waterway. Fair winds and following seas bring teakwood, sea salt, and fresh air. A slight hint of coconut and vanilla follow on a light, tropical breeze.

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Winter
Wetlands

Wooded scents of pine, spruce, cypress, birch, and a hint of bayberry bring alive the refreshing feeling of an Albemarle winter alive.

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Larry's
Studio

Local Elizabeth City artist Larry Jones brought this unique combination of coffee, exotic florals, fir, amber, balsam, and rum to life. Let it inspire your artistic side.

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Backyard
Blooms

Wild vines of honeysuckle and jasmine blending with fresh air and hydrangea blossom into a floral celebration of summer in the South.

EC
Hospitality

Reminiscent of the Elizabeth City Rose Buddies, this scent welcomes you home with hints of sea salt, clean air, and ocean rose.

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Calm
Waters

A deep, relaxing scent mirrored in the water’s glassy surface. Breathe in earth, forests, and incense.

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Albemarle
Autumn

Notes of clove, woods, musk, geranium, and patchouli conjure the fading blossoms, falling leaves, and cooler temperatures of fall.

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Land, Air
& Sea

A tribute to the Armed Forces - masculine leather and musk pair with softer florals to reflect the strength of heart and softness of soul in our local military members - past, present, and future.

ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS

River City Craft Co. also produces small batches of personal hygiene products, such as bar soaps, shampoo, and conditioner. Requests for these products made by River City Craft Co. can be made using the contact form below.

 

When something touches your skin, you need to know that the product is clean and safe. All products created by River City Craft Co. undergo rigorous safety procedures and follow all International Fragrance Association guidelines. To learn more about the standards we meet, visit https://ifrafragrance.org/.

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WHERE TO SHOP

Partners and Locations

River City Craft Co. candles (and now bar soaps and liquid hand soaps!) are sold exclusively at local craft fairs. THANK YOU to all the visitors to the Currituck Arts and Crafts Festival on 2-3 December 2023, hosted by the Coinjock Ruritan Club at Currituck County High School - Our booth was such a success because of customers like YOU! We will be at the same venue next year - more to follow on that, plus additional info about any shows we'll have coming up before then. Stay tuned!

River City Craft Co. fulfills custom orders upon request. If you’re interested in placing a candle order or having River City Craft Co. create a unique scent for you, please fill out our contact form below.

River City Craft Co. has created a unique line of candles, liquid hand soaps, and room/linen sprays for Pine & Porch, located in Elizabeth City. Pine & Porch utilized our scent creation services to curate an exclusive line of products for their customers and guests. We have made and delivered over 1400 candles and counting!

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“I moved to Elizabeth City with my husband in 2017, selecting the river city at random as our “forever-after-the-Army” hometown. And what an amazing hometown it has been! I created River City Craft Co. to bring to life the floral, watery, woodsy, green beauty of this special area. My life so far in Elizabeth City has been inspiring; I hope my candles make you feel the same way.”

MEET THE
CREATOR

Stephanie's Story

Stephanie Blanchard, founder of River City Craft Co. and a retired Veteran of the U.S. Army (hooah!),  has always harbored a passion for making hand-made gifts. Believing that there is something inherently different about a hand-made present versus a store-bought one, Stephanie created her first candle as a holiday gift for family and friends in 2018. She wanted to give her loved ones a glimpse of Elizabeth City during the holidays — an enchanting atmosphere marked by notes of gardenia, tobacco, and pine.

 

The candles were an instant hit and inspired a blossoming business shortly thereafter. Stephanie continued to develop her candles and products, forging partnerships with several local businesses - who couldn’t keep enough of them on the shelves!

 

Today, Stephanie continues to work with local suppliers to get her candles into the hands of friends, followers, and visitors to Elizabeth City. Stephanie also plans to attend local craft shows in 2024 with her wares, so stay tuned!

GET IN TOUCH

Start Your Custom Order!

River City Craft Co. is a small, family-owned and operated business that crafts its products by hand. With your patience and understanding considered, we’d love to talk to you about your next order! Not only can we create larger batches of our 16 signature scents, we can work directly with individuals, families, or organizations to create custom candles or products that reflect your story and community.

 

Please fill out the following information below to get in touch; we strive to reply to all inquiries within 3 business days.

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