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It was a project about financial literacy that first got Christian Paul, 8, making his Jars with Many Meanings, but it was love that has kept his small business running longer than anyone initially planned.

Christian first learned about having his own business from his grandmother, LaVonda Paul, who owns Small Impressions Child Development Center in Taylors. Paul said the children at her center did the project to learn about finances, running a business and supply and demand. The children then created products to sell at a craft fair.

When asked to pick a business idea to pursue, Christian was drawn to doing something with mason jars, which resulted in Jars with Many Meanings. He has been making and selling them ever since.

The jars are carefully decorated by Christian. They come wrapped in fabrics that feature themes including music, color patterns, sports and superheroes. 

“When people purchase his jars, they often take a picture with Christian and the jar they have purchased,” Paul said.

The most popular jar, according to Christian, is the prayer jar. People can write down their prayers and place them in the jar for safe keeping. But the decorated jars can be used for anything and everything. Christian has been invited to several Upstate events to share and sell his jars, making him a great example of a young entrepreneur. 

This fall he was honored as Entrepreneur of the Year at the fifth annual Outstanding Youth Awards in Greenville. 

Christian, who is in the second grade at Welcome Elementary School, loves having his own business. Though he said he hopes to become a paleontologist when he grows up, for now he enjoys being creative and coming up with different designs for the jars. 

“I hope people that purchase the prayer jars put their prayer request inside of them,” he said. “As far as my other jars, they can put just about anything in them or just use them for decoration.”

Jars with Many Meanings can be purchased by contacting the Small Impressions Child Development Center at 864-609-5099.

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