Diane Aquino-Medina has retail experience from her college days. She studied merchandising and graphic art, but ultimately got her degree in business. She was a buyer and window dresser for several years, with the last 26 years in the corporate world with Nestlé; 14 of them, most recently, as their corporate event planner. She was laid off and decided to follow her dream of owning her own store. Being an event planner didn’t allow a lot of time for hobbies, but she enjoys drawing, sculpting and going to art museums. Diane has been married for 29 years and has 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 dogs.
Ann Ridley, Master Chandler and owner of ScentSational DeLites located in Lubbock, TX has been making candles for over 18 years. Ann was also an active member and Past President of the International Guild of Candle Artisans (IGCA) for over 10 years and has taught several candle workshops while attending annual IGCA conventions and workshops. Ann is a new member to the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild and will be attending her first soap convention in Dallas in May. Ann has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a Management and Finance Minor and is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (focusing on process improvement and problem solving). Ann worked as Strategy and Performance Consultant at Xcel Energy in Minneapolis MN for 22 years before moving to Lubbock, TX in August 2017. In addition to owning her candle business, Ann is a co-owner of Celebrations Home Décor and Gifts. Her true passion is candle making and when she's not making candles, she enjoys spending time outdoors gardening. Ann is the mother of 4 adult children and has 5 grandchildren and enjoys spending time with her family when she visits them in MN. Every ScentSational DeLites candle is custom hand poured and she takes great pride in the integrity of her handmade products and her commitment to customer service.
Diane and Ann met at KK's Corner Mall where they both had consignment booths and decided to partner up to create a truly unique shopping experience. Celebrations Home Décor and Gifts is a retail store dedicated to holidays and other life celebrations. You will not only find décor and gift items for the current season, major calendar events and holidays, but also Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and more, year-round. Another distinctive aspect of the store is that all of the candles, soaps, bath bombs, lotions, air fresheners, essential oil blends, and more, are handmade by Ann in her on-site workshop, and are exclusive to the store. Our motto is “Every Season Has a Reason to Celebrate!”