The founder of Venus Complete took some time to do an interview with Horrornews.net. Venus Complete is a “home based small business offering handmade candles, lip balms and greeting cards.” Check out the website www.venuscomplete.com/ and you can find them on Instagram @venuscomplete
Hi, thank you for taking the time to do an interview with Horrornews.net.
C.B. -Thank you for the opportunity to do so.
This interview will be in the voice of Chris, the founder.
Tell us how you got started with Venus Complete?
C.B.- Venus Complete began, innocently enough, as a single homemade horror birthday greeting card. It sparked an idea in our relationship to share mutual interests and ideas, materialized into products that others can enjoy.
The company name was astrologically inspired. When the Zodiac signs Taurus and Libra come together, it is considered the unification of two halves of a whole. The planet Venus has dual rulership over Libra and Taurus. Thus, the combination of the signs completes the two halves, resulting in Venus Complete.
I had the chance to see the products in person and they are great. Was there an inspiration behind using these specific designs?
C.B. – While browsing Etsy, I stumbled upon the characters you see on many of our designs. We immediately fell in love with them and decided they were perfect for the initial launch of products we wanted to create. Having a design background, I was able to coming up with the various designs you’ll see at shows and online. I love being creative, and designed all of the products that do not feature those characters as well.
So far, we’ve focused on the horror and zodiac themes. You never know when inspiration will strike. I’ll have an idea for something, jump on the computer and get started. It may be an hour, or may be a month before the final result hits the shop.
Have you always been a fan of horror?
C.B. – We’ve both have been fans of horror, but it wasn’t until we were together that this mutual interest took flight. It was immediately a topic that resonated with us both.
Horror is the foundation the company was built on. It has been an amazing journey seeing how many other people love it too, both online and in person. Without horror, Venus Complete wouldn’t exist today.
I picked up a Leatherface candle and it smells amazing. How do you decide what scents go with whom and why?
C.B. – We combine our most popular labels and scents. Some pairing are intentional, and others are chosen at random. This is because we can only bring so much inventory to vendor shows.
My favorite part about our business is our online Etsy store. Online, we put these decisions into the hands of our customers. You pick the label, scent, jar and lid and can even request customization of the label. This allows for customers the freedom to come up with unique, personalized products every time.
The greeting cards are great. Why did you decide to create greeting cards?
C.B.- Greeting cards are what inspired the idea to form Venus Complete. Cards can be used for so many occasions, and are one of the best ways of showing someone how much you care about them. Greeting cards were the first products on our site. We wanted to provide something that could be customized with a personal message so that every order had the potential to be special and unique. We loved the idea that our cards would be used to show love and put smiles on faces.
What do you think of the events and conventions? Are you planning on attending more events?
C.B.- Events and conventions provide a new dynamic for the business. Starting as an Etsy store, you are limited to seeing how people react to your products. Someone can be browsing your shop, not like anything and pass on by or love their purchase but never post about it or leave a review, and we would never know. When we receive feedback, it’s in the form of reviews or social media posts. We love the online feedback we receive, but events and conventions are much different.
At these shows, we are able to see these people in person, and watch their genuine reaction to what we have to offer. We had a few people that absolutely freaked out about our products, and made us so happy to see. There is simply no substitute to this and the feeling it gives you. We have only done one show so far this year, but have multiple other planned in and around the Pittsburgh area. Events will continue to be a big part of this company’s future.
What would like to say to the people that are purchasing these great products?
C.B.- Venus Complete was created to represent much more than the relationship between two zodiac signs. One look at our store, and you will quickly notice astrology is only a small part of what we do.
Our products are inspired and created for friends, family, partners, and lovers, not individuals.
We represent an unbreakable bond. Any bond. The unification of two halves of a whole.
Peruse our shop and you will quickly see that our products are meant for those who want to show their love, and share their interests with another.
Learn more at venuscomplete.com
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