By ALLIE MYSZKA
Dinner and a movie—again. Girls night out at the restaurant up the street—great, but it’s getting a bit old. Why not try something new for a laidback night out?
The Candle Bar fits the bill on all accounts. With a hands-on candle pouring class, you have the opportunity to try out a new crafty skill, enjoy good company, and create something beautiful to take home.
So, what is The Candle Bar? My husband and I tried it for ourselves—here’s what you need to know.
- You choose every piece of the experience.
I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to burn a candle in my home, I need to LOVE the scent. During the candle pouring process, you have the opportunity to sniff forty unique scents and choose your favorite one. I smelled several, and ultimately chose Orange Zest & Bergamot, while my husband went with relaxing Bamboo & Green Tea. Scent is important, but so is appearance. You can choose from dozens of minimalistic, stylish containers for your candle—it’ll smell wonderful and look nice with your home’s decor, too.
- It’s so much more than a candle pouring.
The Berry Hill location on Sidco Drive is housed in a historic brick warehouse, and it’s cozy and inviting from the moment you step inside. To one side you’ll see the setup for candle pouring classes, and to the other you’ll find a retail store that’s been carefully curated with stationery from Paddywax’s sister company Designworks Ink (I came home with a beautiful gold-embossed planner), home goods, gifts, and candles, of course. I’m pretty sure I spent longer taking in the selection in the store than I did actually crafting my candle, but it was worth it.
- It’s locally owned and operated.
The Candle Bar is a run by local candle company Paddywax. Paddywax moved its offices from Franklin to Sidco Drive in late 2017, and The Berry Hill location of The Candle Bar shares its space with Paddywax office staff (poke your head behind the shelves and get ready for some serious office envy!).
- The staff truly cares.
The “locally owned” label isn’t just for bragging rights—it’s an indicator of the people you’ll meet during your experience. The staff at The Candle Bar is top-notch, and even in the short time you spend with them for your candle pouring class, they’ll make you feel welcomed. Their knowledge and attention to detail was impressive, and they clearly enjoyed what they were doing. Even as the city of Nashville is quickly becoming an urban metropolis, the Candle Bar’s staff goes above and beyond to provide the kind of personal, genuine service you’d expect from a small-town business.
- It’s BYOB.
This alone is a huge perk of the Candle Bar. Bring along your favorite bottle of wine, and the staff will provide cups and a corkscrew. It’s almost like one of those paint-and-sip experiences you’ve likely heard of—only way better.
What are you waiting for? You don’t have to take my word for it—try The Candle Bar for yourself. The Candle Bar has two locations in Berry Hill and East Nashville. Read more about the experience and book your experience on their website, thecandlebar.co.
Allie Myszka was born and raised in Georgia, and moved to Nashville after graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, Pilates instructor, old soul, and chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie at alliemyszka.com.