Pulling from his background as a small business owner and her background in retail at Abercrombie & Fitch, husband and wife duo Steve and Katesha Weaver set out to make their mark on the fragrance industry.

Pulling from his background as a small business owner and her background in retail at Abercrombie & Fitch, husband and wife duo Steve and Katesha Weaver set out to make their mark on the fragrance industry. They opened a small, well-designed candle shop in Worthington in February 2007.

Nearly 10 years later, The Candle Lab has grown to include a booming Short North location, stores in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh and special licensing agreements for eight independently owned candle stores around the country. Five others are set to open in 2017.

The Candle Lab idea, Steve says, was about giving people the ability to customize their own fragrance experience. Rather than trying to develop a scent that is universally acceptable, the couple decided to put together individual scents and encourage people to blend their own combinations. With more than 160 fragrances, including popular seasonal favorites such as Christmas Tree, Cranberry and First Snow, their repertoire also includes room sprays and reed diffusers, as well as bath products.

The Weavers aren't yet finished designing business spaces, though. On April 1, the couple will add a 5,000-square-foot store and event space across the street from the the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Accommodating groups of up to 150 people, the event space will offer catering, a liquor license and private room rentals, along with the ability to accept walk-in traffic.