candle store opens a new store | Local news

ASHTABULA – Carterland Candles has been so successful that the store had to find a bigger place to create and sell its handmade candles.

The Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to welcome the new store at 1254 Lake Avenue on Tuesday afternoon in Ashtabula.

“We have moved our activities from the mall. We just got bigger,” said Robin Blenman, owner of Carterland Candles with her husband Josh Blenman.

She said 90% of sales come from selling online on Etsy, but a retail store is now located at the front of the building where they are made.

“They (the candles) are handcrafted and handmade,” Josh Blenman said.

Robin Blenman said they hope to hold candle-making events at the company. “We have a large area,” she said.

Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce executive director Greg Church said it was a joy to cut the ribbon three years ago at the mall and now to celebrate the company’s expansion into a new location .

“They (the owners) are an absolute joy… They are the perfect example of the small business owners we want (in the area),” he said.

Ashtabula City Council Clerk Stacy Senskey read a message from the city council honoring the company’s growth and encouraged them to leverage the city’s resources.

Elizabeth J. Harris