Kimmie Prinsen picture
July 29, 2019
Kimmie Prinsen at Parkleigh shared
July 29, 2019
Kimmie Prinsen picture
July 29, 2019
Kimmie Prinsen at Parkleigh shared





Meet Venita D'Angelo. Her company, Light Essentials, is our longest running YEA competition winner. Each year winners from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy are given a limited time to sell at Parkleigh. Her candles were such a hit we continue to sell them years after the original contract. We even had her create a signature scent Parkleigh candle. With profits going toward college, and a bright future ahead, we asked her to share how she’s achieving her success.

What is the inspiration behind your company?
My inspiration hasn’t changed since I started this company way back when; it was my family then and it is still my family now. I am inspired by their successes and driven by the want to have my own.

What chalked you as such a young vendor?
When I started Light Essentials I was 12 almost 13 years old and still in middle school, I never expected to be as successful as I am today but I couldn’t be more grateful. I am 18 now and have been dedicated to Light Essentials since its most premature phases. One of the hardest things for me was, and still is at times, finding a good balance. I go to school, have a job, and also have family and friends that I love to spend time with outside of Light Essentials and making time for all of those things on top of running my company is certainly a challenge but one I wouldn’t give up for the world. I’m grateful for everything Light Essentials has given me; every skill, every late night, and every memory. Being a young entrepreneur may not be easy, but becoming one is one of the best most fulfilling decisions I have ever made.

Why do you like selling at Parkleigh?
I LOVE selling at Parkleigh! The store has been with me since the very beginning of Light Essentials and without Parkleigh I most certainly would not be where I am today. I can’t even begin to thank Mr. Mejak enough for seeing my companies potential and extending a deal to me. Parkleigh is more than just a regular every day retailer; it is a unique shopping experience from the second you walk in. It's more than just a store, its a wonderful smorgasbord of interesting, creative things. A place where a young entrepreneur like myself can do big things and grow. I love selling at Parkleigh and I hope to continue my partnership with the store for a long, long time!