Over the weekend, a friend and I had a chance for some girlfriend time, so we checked out The Candle Bar here in Nashville. While I believe the “Sips and Strokes” format was the first DIY class that swept the nation, there have since been dozens of businesses started where everyday non-artists can gather and create. The Candle Bar is one such place – a DIY candle class.
This particular business has two permanent locations in Nashville (plus two pop ups in Nashville and Dallas) and is in partnership with Paddywax Candles – a favorite brand of mine worthy of their very own post.
The class is $35 a pop, lasts exactly an hour, and – I would argue – is more than worth it. The candle I made, for example, retails at $28, so I essentially paid an extra $7 to choose my own scent and vessel, hang out with a friend, and break out my rad chemistry skills. Like Sips & Strokes, the class is BYOB if that’s your jam. My partner in crime, Allison, happens to be pregnant right now, so I wasn’t about to make her watch me sip wine, but it’s nice to have that as an option!
Unlike some DIY courses where you have to intently watch the instructor for fear of missing out on something crucial, this class allowed for plenty of chit chat time with your friends. We had plenty of time to browse and select both the vessel and the scent. The instructor then walked us through how to weigh out the scent and wax. And, oh yes, we used the TARE FUNCTION – chemistry flashbacks anyone??
The Candle Bar also has a cute shop as part of their space, and you can make purchases at a 20% off after your class. The candles do need to set up overnight so if you’re local like us, you can come back and pick them up. Otherwise, you can pay $8 to have them shipped home to you.
Overall, we both really enjoyed this experience and highly recommend it!