The Candle Lab Ready To Make Its Debut in Lawrenceville

The Columbus-based store, where you can customize your own candle fragrance, is expected to open in March.

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If you could create the perfect scent for your home, what would it smell like? 

If you’ve ever asked yourself that question, The Candle Lab may have your answer.

A Columbus, Ohio-based fragrance brand specializing in natural gourmet soy candles and custom scents, The Candle Lab is tentatively slated to open in March at a former neon shop along Butler Street in Lawrenceville, according to owner Abbey Meyer. 

The company, which has two locations in Columbus and a store in Cincinnati, originally was slated to open in November, but city permitting and construction delays stalled its Pittsburgh debut, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports.

Aside from offering hand-poured candles in more than 120 fragrances — Brown Sugar, Fig, Sweet Grass and Bacon are just a few of the offerings — The Candle Lab is noted for its Fragrance Bar, where customers are welcome to sit down and pour their own candles and to blend together scents to create their own custom combinations.

Meyer says It takes about 30 minutes to make the candles, and at least a hour and half to finish before taking them home.

"During this wait time, we encourage our customers to explore the businesses in Lawrenceville by eating, getting a drink or shopping," she says. 


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You don’t need a reservation to pour a candle. The shop, which will have a large bar at its center, is set up so that visitors are able to pour candles at any time. The shop also will host candle-pouring parties for groups of all ages.

The Lawrenceville location marks The Candle Lab’s first shop outside of Central Ohio. Steve Weaver, who founded the company in 2006, told the Columbus Underground that Lawrenceville reminds him of the trendy neighborhoods in Ohio where his other stores are located.  

“Lawrenceville is very similar to Over The Rhine in Cincinnati and the Short North from about five years ago,” Weaver told the Columbus Underground. “There are a growing mix of incredible restaurants, drinking spots, and independent retailers.”

(The Candle Lab, 4411 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/439-4578,

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