Own An Experiential Scent Bar

Always wanted to start your own business but don’t know where to start? Start with Cork & Candles. Think of a scent that transports you to a state of blissful relaxation. Now imagine building a business where you’re surrounded by that feeling daily as you guide guests through a custom candle making experience.

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Our Mantra

Where Friends Gather

Cork & Candles exists to provide an inviting atmosphere where friends, families, and co-workers can gather so that they can build deeper relationships and stronger communities.

Franchisees have a key role in this mission as they connect their communities, play host to milestones like birthdays and first dates, and mentor employees on how to provide amazing hospitality.

The Details

Why Cork & Candles?

The Experience

Imagine being greeted at your office by beaming smiles and a roar of laughter. The Experience provides guests quality time with people who matter most. Being a part of this is something special!

The Purpose

Where Friends Gather is central to everything we do. If you align with The Purpose, you will find joy in the journey. Cork & Candles is a brand built around family and relationships.

The Process

Candle making involves a lot of chemistry and constant testing. Join a team that has The Process down so that your focus can be on leading amazing experiences with your guests!

What Is A Scent Bar?

An experiential scent bar is a comfortable and relaxing space where everyone taps into their inner artist by making their very own custom candles in a welcoming group setting.

At Cork & Candles, you can bring your own beverage, pick up to four of your favorite scents from our fragrance library, order a delicious item from our curated menu, then learn how to pour two custom candles alongside other candle makers.

Create. Choose from our 70+ clean-burning fragrances and combine them to create two candles made by you. Our novelty candles go with any event, theme, and season. Create martini glass candles for a night out, wedding cake candles for a bachelorette party, or seasonal candles for the holidays. Book a class to learn how to create our novelty Candles of the Month.

Cheers. We are a BYOB and we invite you to bring wine, beer, or champagne to indulge in while you relax and make candles.

Connect. Cork & Candles is perfect for quality time with coworkers, large team events, or a cozy date with someone special.

Make Candles, Friends, & Memories. We exist to provide an inviting atmosphere where friends, families, and co-workers can gather so that they can build deeper relationships and stronger communities.

Our Story

A Family Owned Business

Cork & Candles, a family-owned small business, was born out of a passion for handcrafting quality products with a story three generations in the making. In the 1960s, Dave Straub grew up and learned the arts of painting, woodworking, and candle-making from his father, Ken. Ken passed away when Dave was 23, leaving a beautiful collection of his artworks, along with impactful lessons and memories that shaped the father Dave would become.

When Dave and his wife Sheelagh became parents, they named their son Kenny after Dave's late father. The father-son duo opened Cork & Candles with a dream of building an inviting space that would bring friends and communities together while spreading their love of handcrafting personal creations.

We believe everyone is creative and we are excited to help you unlock that creative energy as you handcraft your own custom candles!


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