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.
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.