As customers of the new Candle Lab location catch drifts of unique candle scents such as Wasabi or Bacon, owner Steve Weaver also breathes in the sweet smell of victory.
"The goal was to open four stores," he said, "and to open one in the Short North."
There are already shops in Worthington, Grandview and Powell, and Weaver said the inventory in the new arts district spot keeps in mind that a location away from the suburbs will attract a different, edgier type of customer.
For example, grenade-, mixtape- and Ohio-shaped soaps made by Stinkybomb are for sale, and the line's captain, Megan Green, is managing the new store. Stinkybomb created a rainbow soap bar just for the Short North Candle Lab, and Green will use her expertise to make more bath and body products for the store.
Walls in the back will showcase art by members of Columbus Crafty Cotillion and Couchfire Collective. Currently, shoppers will find fun, sudsy prints by Adam Brouillette.
Also for sale are more than 110 scents of 60-hour-burn candles ($15) and gift packs of four smaller candles ($21) - with themes like Vacation and Hippie - which includes the popular Cannabis scent.
Customers can mix and match scents to make their own candle ($10-$26). This interactive service "is great for dates," Green said. It takes about 20 minutes to select and concoct a scent. Depending on how many employees are working, often someone from the store will deliver the candle to wherever you are in the Short North after an hour of letting the candle set.