Steve & Katesha Weaver, 35 and 28
Co-owners, The Candle Lab
1251 Grandview Ave., Grandview
614-488-2009

You have two Candle Lab stores - one here and one in Worthington. Can you tell us about the shops, which sells soy-blend candles?
Steve: We are all about custom fragrance. We have 110 different fragrances that we stock and store. All of the candles that we stock in the store are singular scents - one fruit, one flower.

But the real fun, you say, is in allowing people to create their own fragrance. How does that process work?
Steve: You come in. You smell all the candles. We give you a clipboard, and you write down the scents you like. Once we help you figure out your perfect mix, you sit down at the fragrance bar, you pick your container, and we get out the oils and mix. An hour later, your candle is ready to go.

How much do the candles cost?
Steve: They're $15 each if you buy them off the shelf.

Or, if people want to make their own, they can pay $20 for a family membership, which includes one candle and discounts for life, right?
Steve: Once you have a membership, it's $11 for every candle you purchase.

Steve, you spent years working in politics. What did you do?
Ran campaigns. I was a lobbyist for a little while. Worked for two congressmen in D.C. I just reached a point where it had been long enough, and I wanted to get as far away from politics as possible. And as it turns out, pouring candles is actually the furthest thing away from politics.

One of the things the two of you most enjoy is hosting events here. What are those like?
Steve: We do little kids' birthday parties and Girl Scout troops... it's definitely a kid-friendly process. But most of what we do is for adults: Girls nights out...
Katesha: Bachelorette parties, wedding showers.
Steve: You can come here and blend your scents together as a group, (go to dinner at a nearby restaurant) and an hour later, your candles show up at your table.

What are some of the other products you offer?
Steve: We've got all kinds of bath and body products - bath bombs, sugar scrub.
Katesha: We have other home fragrance products as well. We have reed diffusers, room sprays, linen sprays.

What is the most popular scent?
Steve: Lemongrass is number one.
Katesha: Lilac is the popular flower. Campfire's really popular during the holidays.
Steve: Now that fall is here, spice cranberry is the most popular fall scent.

What's your favorite scent?
Katesha: I love Malabar peppercorn.
Steve: It's kind of smoky and spicy, but it's still fresh and clean at the same time. .

And I hear your house is like a big science lab, since you're constantly testing new scents, yes?
Katesha: It is!
Steve: Our house is filled with candles - all the bad batches that did not work out!


Kristy Eckert is the editor of Capital Style.