Sparklefly Candle Company Spotlight on Unique Pl8z

by Anne Marie Esposito, President and Founder, Sparklefly Candle Company, Inc.

In my ongoing quest to bring inspiration to your day; Sparklefly Candle Company has reached out to some other amazing entrepreneurs to share their stories and products. As always, I encourage you to explore these small business owners with me and remember to shop small all year round.

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
― Helen Keller

This week I deliver to you, Nicole OBrien of Unique Pl8z. I could not think of a better word to describe Nicole and what she makes than her very own brand name; unique. Her License Plate Art is funky and fun and totally unexpected. Nicole has made a name for herself because she doesn't just deliver you a product, she creates for you a memory. This is her story. Check it out!

Q: Tell me about Unique Pl8z and how you got started? 

Unique Pl8z is best known for creating one of a kind, custom artwork from recycled license plates. We are committed to designing artwork and accessories that our clients are proud to gift to their friends and family. We started selling our one of a kind license plate signs in 2012, and as a result of much persuasion from family and friends, we officially became a business after moving to Okinawa, Japan.

Q: What is your favorite aspect about being a small business owner?

Being a small business owner is probably the most exciting (and frightening) thing I’ve ever done. My favorite aspect would be the flexibility in my schedule. I am a military wife, and a mom to two kiddos. My husband’s job has him away from home… lets just say... a lot. I am so thankful that I can be there for my kids and family, and I don’t have the stress of a 9-5 job. If I need to switch up my routine, I can. I know how lucky I am, and I am so very thankful every single day.

Q: What should a customer expect from Unique Pl8z when making a purchase? 

When you make a purchase from Unique Pl8z, you can rest assured that your order will receive our undivided attention. Hours of preparation and work go in to each and every sign we design. We make sure to include the most colorful and vibrant license plates and we go out of our way to find letters and numbers from states that hold special meaning to you. We are committed to creating art that you will be proud to display for decades to come.

Q: What are some of your best selling products? 

Our best selling sign on our online store has been our Anniversary Date Sign. The gift of tin/aluminum is the traditional gift for the 10th wedding anniversary. Since license plates are made from tin, this sign proves to be a very clever, custom and one of a kind gift. At our art shows and craft fairs, our key chains are very popular and nearly sell out every time.

Q: Who or what has been the biggest inspiration for you? 

I am truly inspired by so many things. It really can be a curse at times. I find inspiration from just about everything… tv, books, music, the news, long walks, listening to my kids play, social media, etc. I can say, without a doubt, the encouragement and support i receive from complete strangers sincerely inspires to keep creating.

Q: Do you have any special events or offers coming up? 

At this time, I do not have any special events or offers planned. I am in the middle of re-branding the company, and I intend to do a big reveal once that is complete (hopefully in about 6-8 weeks). Our family will be moving this summer to a different duty station, so my schedule won’t be finalized until I know where and when we will be going. I would love to offer all of your followers a special coupon. Enter code SPARKLE20 at checkout to receive 20% off your entire order! Valid until March 31st.

To follow Unique Pl8z check her out here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/UniquePl8z

https://www.facebook.com/uniquepl8z

https://twitter.com/uniquepl8z

Please say hello to Nicole in the comments!