December 2009 Issue
It didn’t take long for Steve and Katesha Weaver to see the light.
Three years ago, the couple decided to combine his joy of cooking and her love of scented tapers. They opened The Candle Lab, an emporium offering customers the chance to make soy candles that are all their own. Patrons create a customized fragrance from among 110 scented oils, blend it, pour it and … voila! An hour later, the candle is ready to take home.
“We wanted to create a place where people could come in, play with scents, and design their very own mix,” Steve says. “Customers tell us they enjoy these candles because they’re perfectly tailored to what they think the scent ought to smell like.”
The shop also features pre-made candles and other home-fragrance products.
This month, The Candle Lab is replete with the aromas of Christmas tree, mistletoe, gingerbread, frankincense, and Santa’s pipe — an intoxicating blend of pipe tobacco and cherry vanilla.
Lemongrass, pomegranate and lilac are year-round best sellers. “Those are feel-good scents people are familiar with,” Steve says. “Customers say the lilac reminds them of the bushes that grew outside their grandmother’s window while they were growing up.”
Those looking for something a tad more avant-garde often head for the fragrances marked cotton candy, campfire … and cannabis. “We really do have something here for everyone,” Steve says with a grin.
For more information, visit thecandlelab.com.
THE CANDLE LAB
646 North High St., Worthington 43085, 614/433-9900;
1251 Grandview Ave., Columbus 43212, 614/488-2009