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    Is your New Year’s resolution to learn a new hobby or try something new? Read on to learn about a new Columbia-Tusculum business offering candle making, classes and unique gift items that’ll light your flame.

    Manitou Candle Co. sells hand-poured candles and candle-making classes at its Columbia-Tusculum location.

    Nestled in Cincinnati’s historic Columbia-Tusculum neighborhood, Manitou Candle Co. aims to offer its customers a creative, customized, hand-poured candle making experience.

    “We make classic candles with a contemporary perspective – combining incredible scents and a mid-century space into something much more than a 70-hour burn,” explains Manitou’s Gabriella Heekin.

    She says it’s also about thriving on the community and the Manitou’s commitment to being a place where people can come together to create, be inspired, and gather around the flame.

    Manitou Candle Co. brings the feel of northern Michigan to Cincinnati.

    Kate Fey, who founded Manitou Candle Co. and grew up in Cincinnati, was inspired to start her business by the place where she spent her summers growing up: Northern Michigan.

    With a dream to connect the two places she loved the most, Fey was inspired to bring the north and south Manitou islands in Leelanau County, Michigan, and its crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, bonfires, and sunset boat rides, to Cincinnati.

    While candles are a common find in homes, stores, restaurants, and businesses, candles from Manitou are different. “Each candle is thoughtfully hand-poured, with scents ranging from whiskey to watermelon,” says Heekin. “But what makes us truly unique is our candle-making classes where people can unplug from everyday life and foster original interaction through inspiration and creativity.”

    Manitou Candle Co. officially opened its doors to the public on Dec. 20, and is located in what was once the first bank in the East End District of Columbia-Tusculum. “It still has the original vault, hardwood floors, and tin ceilings,” she says. “We think our space is pretty neat.”

    There are 100 different scents to choose from when selected a hand-poured candle from Manitou Candle Co. “We also offer our favorite candles from around the world, in addition to local jewelry, ties, and home goods,” says Heekin. “It’s the perfect place to pick up a gift for a friend or yourself.”

    House-made candles at Manitou range from $8 for a 3-ounce tin to $25 for an 11-ounce glass candle. Heekin says there is a list of upcoming events on the website as well as the option to book a candle-making class with friends.

    Manitou Candle Co. is also looking to partner with other local businesses to sell their candles in-store and to develop co-branding relationships.

    To learn more about Manitou Candle Co., visit You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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    Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

    Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

    Keystone’s Mac Shack: Happy Mac Monday! @eatmacshack has 1/2 Mac&Cheese EVERY Monday! Everyone could use some delicious comfort food during these times!

    Joseph Beth Booksellers: Looking for a new book to keep you or your child entertained? Or a new cook book to help your #quarantinecooking ? @josephbethcincy is shipping books to you! Head to to order your book or giftcard!

    Cincy Shirts: Counting down the days u til we can see these adorable animals again ? help support the zoo with @cincyshirts new zoo shirt!

    Nest: The perfect Easter gift! @nestgifts has curbside pickup tomorrow, Wednesday from 11-2! Just DM them to purchase!!

    Cincinnati Art Museum: Missing your favorite art? Looking for a fun Wednesday activity? @cincyartmuseum has virtual gallery’s and activities on their website! Just head to the link in their bio and become interactive with AMAZING art right from your home!

    Fit Mama in 30: Calling all mama’s out there! @fitmamain30 is an AMAZING resource for achieving your best heath with pregnancy! Check out there instagram and blog for recipes, workouts, tips, and more!

    Urban Artifact: It’s Friday which means HAPPY HOUR! Spice up your #quarantinehappyhour with @urbanartifactbeer click the link in their bio and have happy hour shipped right to your door!

    Manitou Candle Co: While stuck in the house all day at least have it smelling right! @manitoucandleco online shop is now live! Click the link in their bio and enjoy all your favorite scents right at home!

    Idlewild: Looking to do some Saturday shopping? @idlewildwoman is giving $10 off ALL orders(ends tomorrow)! Plus no code needed it is automatically applied at checkout! AND free shipping on all orders!

    Cincinnati Magazine: It’s Saturday which means…another happy hour! Check out the link in @cincinnatimagazine bio to see 6 fun new cocktail recipes you can make at home all from your favorite local bartenders!

    365Cincinnati: Happy Easter everyone! Wishing you a Sunday filled with family, fun, and blessings! Photo courtesy of: @365cincinnati

    Cincy Book Bus: Happy Monday! Looking for fun new reads? @cincybookbus is shipping books to you! PLUS register for May book club closes Wednesday so make sure to check out their website and get your #quarantinereading on!