Manready Mercantile in the Heights has opened The Candle Bar, a ladies’ general goods store with an interactive, make-your-own-candle station and 360 degrees of Instagrammable space. The 1,000-square-foot shop, located on the downstairs level at Manready, even features a vintage Ms. Pac-Man machine – so be sure to bring plenty of quarters.
Owner Travis Weaver describes the Candle Bar’s DIY candle-making experience is the first of its kind in Houston. “We’ll treat you to a glass of wine or cocktail of the day while we walk you through scent profiles and show you how to make your own soy candle in a reusable whiskey glass,” Weaver said. “We have customizable labels, so you can take it home to your loved one or put it in your house.” The process takes 15 minutes and 30 more minutes for the candle to solidify, with an approachable price point at just $28 for one candle or two for $40. The Candle Bar can be reserved for private parties of up to 30 guests.
Additionally, the Candle Bar offers everything from cocktail mixers, gourmet chocolates and food items to women’s travel accessories, custom boutique-style jewelry and clothing. Every angle is an Instagram moment waiting to happen with interactive concepts and installations. From an old-school TV that Weaver found on Craigslist for $20 and refurbished to play movies like “Lonesome Dove” and “Shawshank Redemption”; to a vintage phone booth found on the side of the road at a flea market; to half of a vintage Volkswagen Beetle positioned in front of a hand-painted “Greetings from Texas” mural, made to look like a sunset on a postcard. The Candle Bar already has attracted celebrity visitors including Joy Williams of Grammy-award winning duo The Civil Wars and Houston musician Hayes Carll.