ELIZABETH HECHT | EKOHCO CANDLES
Liz turned her hobby and passion into a thriving Baltimore-based business in 2017.
Her hand-poured candles contain 100% natural soy wax.
Email Liz: candles[at]EKOHco[dot]com
How interesting!: Liz was adopted from Korea, and grew up in Baltimore–her father still lives in Hampden!
What brought you to Baltimore?
I grew up in Baltimore, and pretty much have stuck around ever since—I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I’ve been in Canton/Highlandtown since 2015. When I’m not working my 9 to 5, I love to explore new restaurants, make candles, discover new cocktails, roam farmer’s markets, and partake in the city’s nightlife.
What’s your connection to Baltimore?
My mother was my biggest motivator for everything I do. She always wanted me to be a part of something greater than myself, including events like Charm City Night Market. She taught me that self-improvement comes from within, and now it permeates all aspects of my life. I try to find something every day that I can work on, whether it’s professionally or something in my personal life.
What do you like about Baltimore?
I absolutely love the array of businesses, restaurants, local events, and bars here! I also really love the community. I started my candle business, EKOHco, in 2017, and it’s really expanded my outlook and network. There are so many good people in this city who look out for each other, and strive to uplift one another.
New Baltimoreans should definitely check out:
Charm City Night Market: The Charm City Night Market was held recently, which was the first of its kind. It was a spectacular display of what the Asian-American community has to offer, including music, food, dancing, art—a true cultural display! The event was impressive; it was so humbling to be able to participate. I met so many people, including attendees and fellow vendors, and I hope to continue fostering these types of relationships.