HUNTINGTON — A new business that offers a custom soy wick candle making experience had its grand opening and ribbon cutting Friday morning at Heritage Station in downtown Huntington.
Haute Wick Social, located at 210 11th St., Suite 14, is owned and operated by Ashley Casto.
"We want everyone to stop by and smell the 60 different scents we offer to make scented soy candles," Casto said. "It's a fun, easy and inexpensive activity for a girls' night out, a nice date activity for couples, or other groups and individuals interested in making their own candle in a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere."
The process starts with picking out the scents for your candle, mixing the scents and pouring the hot wax into 8-or 16-ounce containers with the wick. About 90 minutes later the candle is ready to take home. The cost ranges from $16 to $24, depending on the size of the candle.
"This is an activity for adults and children over the age of 12," Casto said. "Due to the hot wax, it's not something we can do with younger children."
Casto said folks can call to book parties and she also offers gift boxes, gift baskets and will make custom-ordered candles for those who don't wish to make their own. The business also hosts events, like the upcoming "Scents & Signs" with Playing With Pallets on Thursday, Jan. 24.
"This will be a fun evening creating a signature 8-ounce scented soy candles and a beautiful wooden pallet signs for your home," she said. "We are paired up with Playing with Pallets for a night of crafts."
Casto said the candles are made from 100 percent soybean wax that is grown and manufactured in the United States.
"Soy wax is clean-burning, and produces little to no black soot when burned properly," she said. "Soy wax is natural and contains nothing artificial, which makes it a better alternative to petroleum-based candles. Soybeans are a renewable resource, which makes Haute Wick Social an environmentally friendly candle choice."
While the business is mostly a solo endeavor, Casto said she has received so much help and support from her husband, Eric, along with their families and friends.
"I really want to thank Renee and Chris Ratcliff, our parents, all of our other family members and friends, as well as by BNI (Business Network International) chapter and everyone in this wonderful community," she said. "Without all of the help and support, none of this would have been possible."
The business is open during the winter from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and is closed on Sunday and Monday.
For more information about the business and upcoming events, find Haute Wick Social on Facebook, Instagram or call them at 681-204-5980.
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