Candle shop flames to please: dates and data from Olmsted

OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio – Faced with a challenge, find a solution. This is exactly the action Stephanie Smith took.

Stephanie, who owns Ohio Wick House in downtown Olmsted Falls, has always been a candle lover. She was constantly lighting candles throughout her house. However, she started having very bad headaches. She felt the culprit was the store-bought candles she was burning.

She delved into the candle makeup and didn’t like what she saw. They weren’t made with healthy, natural ingredients.

The Ohio Wick House offers fragrances and products that would make any Ohioan proud. His store is in downtown Olmsted Falls. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special for cleveland.com)

“I researched candle making, watched some videos, and decided to give it a go,” she said. “I started with a bain-marie on my stove. I found that the natural ingredients I used made all the difference.

She started making them in June 2017 with friends buying them. She then opened her online store and did craft shows. It uses all-natural soy wax that burns with a non-toxic 100% cotton wick. She also uses all-natural perfume oil. Her first candle was lavender rosemary. Her husband, Justin, built a studio in the basement of their home, but it soon outgrew it. She knew she needed a showcase.

Stephanie, who lives in North Ridgeville, said she always loved Grand Pacific Junction.

“It’s the cutest, most quaint little space ever,” she said. “When I saw this showcase was available, I was excited. I thought this location would make the most sense for my candles and brand.

She spoke with some store owners located in the junction and liked what she heard. She opened her boutique on Columbia Road in March.

lots of candles related to summer

Stephanie Smith, owner of Ohio Wick House, creates every candle scent she sells in her store, including those in her summer collection. The store is in Olmsted Falls. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special for cleveland.com)

Business prospered. The bestseller is his first creation in candle making – Lavender Rosemary. Other popular scents are Orange Patchouli; eucalyptus mint; But first, Coffee and This House is Clean, the latter of which has a lemon peel scent. Local favorites are The Jake, which smells like Cracker Jack, Cleveland Rocks and Going Buckin’ Nut.

She creates seasonal and fun scents, such as It’s Fine, I’m Fine, Everything’s Fine; This senorita needs a margarita; No one puts baby in a corner; It’s only forever, not long at all and you had me on merlot.

When she is inspired by a specific fragrance, she begins the creative process. Stephanie burns tests each new fragrance in her own home.

“I want to make sure there’s a good pitch and it smells good. I will burn them at home and ask my husband if he can smell them. I burn a candle in every room of my house. I no longer had headaches or problems. You have to consider what you, your family and your pets are breathing in when you burn a candle,” she said.

a skeleton candle

Stephanie Smith, owner of Ohio Wick House in Olmsted Falls, is getting into creating fun candles for the holidays. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special for cleveland.com)

Stephanie also uses as much local produce as possible, trying to keep it in the “community”. Its standard 9-ounce jars burn for about 40-45 hours. How does she know that?

“When people were working from home during the COVID shutdown, they would tell me they had been burning the candles all week – a 40-hour work week,” she said.

The candles are also online at ohiowickhouse.com. His store, located at 8070 Columbia Road, has summer hours. They are Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.

The Ohio Wick House also offers bath bombs and candle accessories. This is another local stop that provides that perfect product or gift – for yourself or a friend. Stop by the boutique and discover the many intriguing and fun scents. And welcome Stephanie to the community.

Antiques galore: It’s time for Vintage Marketplace at the Falls this Sunday (July 30) at Grand Pacific Junction and downtown.

It will run from noon to 5 p.m. with more than 50 vendors throughout this area. You will find many reusable and vintage pieces there as well as food trucks and local businesses offering their products.

The last Vintage Marketplace will take place on August 28.

Music in the park: Head to East River Park on Sunday (July 31) for another summer gig. The RayBands will perform from 6-8 p.m. The band plays contemporary, Motown, island and beach sounds.

Be sure to bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the music more. Some food choices may also be available.

CLE market: The CLE market will be at the Cook Road Convenient Food Mart from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 31. The event is free and includes many vendors. Why not stop by after visiting the Vintage Marketplace in downtown Olmsted Falls.

fun for kids: As part of the Olmsted People’s Heritage Days, Grace Church is sponsoring its Bulldog Summer Bash. The free event is fun for kids of all ages from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 6. Enjoy games, crafts, face painting, prizes, raffle baskets and food. A popular game is the dunking machine – and you never know who will be sitting in that chair!

The church is located at 6941 Columbia Road.

Congratulations to Kampus: Local residents Kevin Allan and Julia Ellerbruch have been named to John Carroll University’s Boler College of Business Deans’ List for the Spring 2022 semester. Congratulations, Julia and Kevin.

Heritage Days: Just a friendly reminder that Olmsted People’s Heritage Days are coming soon.

The base event runs from August 4-7. As mentioned above, the Bulldog Summer Bash is August 6th. Also that day, a historic tour of David Fortier Park and downtown Olmsted Falls at 10:30 a.m. Meet in the park parking lot at the covered pedestrian bridge.

Bulldog graduates of the Classes of 1969-1975 can join the 50th reunion of the Class of 1972 in four days of activities. Contact Jim Wallace at [email protected] of your intention to do so.

Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club will hold its annual deck lunch on August 7th.

There will be collective garage sales there on August 4th. We’ll try to help you find them, so if anyone wants theirs posted, just email me at [email protected]

BuffettFest: Tickets are still available for Fat Little BuffettFest scheduled for August 6th.

Fat Little Buddies Tavern hosts the event. Tickets are $10 at the tavern or online and $15 on the day of the event. The music starts at 2 p.m. with two great bands. Proceeds from the event benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

To purchase tickets, go to the tavern’s website, fatlittlebuddies.com. and click on “buy tickets”.

Information, please: To include news, information, honors or activities in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, contact Joanne DuMound at [email protected]. She is also on Twitter, @JoanneDuMound. The online version of the section on cleveland.com/olmsted has direct links to many news articles.

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Elizabeth J. Harris