We had the good fortune of connecting with Brigitta Trumper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brigitta, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
If you asked me 10 years ago if I would be running my own business, I would have said no way! I have always worked in the corporate world and enjoyed it. I never saw myself quitting my job and pursuing a creative career. Chestnut and Fig was born in 2012 after being encouraged by friends to showcase my creative talents. Before I knew it, I was following my heart and pursuing my dream career. My original vision for Chestnut and Fig was to create unique and bespoke gift boxes. I have a passion for gift giving and pride myself on elevating others gift giving needs. Starting a business from scratch is not for the faint of heart. Early on I realized how much time and energy goes into getting a business started. I knew that owning my own business would take passion, dedication and time. Being a small business owner requires you to be involved in all aspects of your business. This includes, creative director, marketing director, bookkeeper, social media expert, tax preparer, website guru…I think you get where I’m going with this. One of the greatest rewards by doing it all is that you can truly appreciate your success when it comes, and it will. Chestnut and Fig began by offering custom, luxury gift boxes. Boxes were filled with specialties from other small, local California businesses. These curated gifts were given to welcome in new babies, to celebrate weddings, anniversary gifts, and most often as house warming gifts. As my business grew, I knew I wanted to incorporate more goods from other small business owners. One element that was missing from my gift boxes was custom blended candles. So, when you are looking for something specific, and can’t find it, you create it! This desire lead me to teach myself how to not only create the perfect coconut wax candle, but also how to blend fragrances for a unique scent you won’t find elsewhere. I have found over the years that my clients often push me to expand my creative offerings. When the beautiful weather in Southern California became too warm for optimal candle production, I began curating unique, live succulent arrangements that were shipped all over the USA. While I loved what I was creating, it just wasn’t fulfilling me. I found myself contemplating if I was cut out for the path of owning my own business. I put Chestnut and Fig on the back burner for nine months trying to decide what direction my business was going to go in. During that time of uncertainty, I was once again encouraged to learn a new trade, jewelry making. I finally felt as if I had hit my stride! Jewelry sales helped me get out of my personal slump and continue to move my business in a forward motion. Today, Chestnut and Fig is still a one-woman studio, creating gifts for you and your loved ones. I am forever grateful for my clientele. They are loyal, supportive, encouraging and constantly push me to be better than I was the day before. I truly adore getting to know my customers, and many have become friends along the way. I am very grateful that I get to create and share my passions everyday with you all.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
At Chestnut and Fig I pride myself on curating a niche collection of fragrances for everyday life. While you can find many other candlemakers, my collection of hand blended fragrances are done so with intention, working to successfully create the perfect blend of fragrance notes to create unique and bespoke fragrances. Here at Chestnut and Fig I take the time to meet as many customers as I can. I truly care about the quality you are receiving and work intentionally each and every day to please you.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When friends come to visit, we typically drive along the coast stopping in the quaint beach towns. There is nothing better than to shop at unique small shops that feature the art of the local people. My friends are always wanting to take a piece of California home with them. There are too many amazing restaurants to mention, but a few of my favorites are, South of Nicks, Coastal Kitchen, Luciana’s Ristorante and Maison Cafe & Market.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank my family, friends and supporters for always supporting, encouraging and pushing me to be the best version of myself!