The Candle Lab has returned to Grandview Heights, and customers won't need to light a candle to find their way to the new store.
The store held its grand reopening July 29 at 1255 Grandview Ave., next door to its former location. The previous Candle Lab store at 1251 Grandview Ave. closed at the end of 2015 due to the expansion of the Grandview Theater and Drafthouse.
"We didn't expect to be gone from Grandview for more than a year, and we could not be more excited about our new space," said Steve Weaver, who co-owns Candle Lab stores in Grandview, Worthington, the Short North, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh with his wife, Katesha.
"We're thrilled we're still located close to the action on the avenue," Weaver said. "We've got more space now with more seats for candle-pouring."
The new location is the former site of Dance Plus Ballroom.
The store now has about 3,000 square feet of space, more than triple the former location's 850 square feet, he said.
"It's by far the largest space of all of our stores, and it allows us to try some new things," Weaver said.
Most importantly, customers will be able to buy beer, wine and cocktails by the glass as they make their own candles, he said.
"It will make it an even more social and fun experience for groups who come in for candle-making activities or parties," Weaver said. "We have 48 seats and with our expanded room, half of a large group can be mingling and socializing while the other half makes candles.
"By no means are we looking to become a bar," he said, "but one of the questions we get asked most often at all of our locations is whether we've ever considered serving drinks."
Selling drinks at the Grandview store "is an experiment, and if it goes well, we'll look at whether we can add it to some of our other locations," Weaver said.
The Candle Lab will offer four draft-beer selections, sell eight wines by the glass and feature two cocktails at its Grandview store, he said. Beer will cost $5 by the glass; wine and cocktails will cost $6.
Weaver expects the candles to stay the main draw for customers, however.
The store offers at least 108 fragrances throughout the year, he said, with some seasonal scents and others always available.
"When it gets to be fall, we'll bring out scents like pine needles and pumpkin spice," Weaver said. "It's a different experience each time you visit the store."
Candle Lab staff will offer assistance to help customers come up with the exact mix of fragrances they want, he said.
"Everybody has a nose of their own," Weaver said. "What I think the exact odor of apple pie should be is probably different from what you think it is."
With all of the fragrances offered by the Candle Lab, about 4 million combinations are possible, he said.
"We've got everything available from bacon and leather to agave (the plant used to make tequila) and bubble gum," Weaver said. "We can help you come up with just the right mix of scents to make a one-of-a-kind candle."
In addition to candles, the store also offers other home fragrance products, natural bath and body items and greeting cards.
Individuals and small groups can walk in to make candles. Groups of five or more are asked to make reservations by calling 614-915-0777 or visiting thecandlelab.com. The store also accommodates children's groups, including birthday parties.
The Grandview store is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Customers should plan to arrive at the store no later than 90 minutes before closing time to pour their own candles, Weaver said.
"That allows you time to pour your candle and have it delivered the same day," he said.
"Grandview Avenue is such a perfect location for us," Weaver said. "You can make a day of it. Come to our store, pour a candle, then head out for a meal at one of the restaurants or do some other shopping until your candles are ready."