Make your own scents

The Hedge moves in on Broadway

Courtesy of The Hedge

On a whim, I walked into The Wick Works to check it out. After learning about the process, I jumped right into making my own candle on the spot. Here’s how it works: Grab a clipboard, start sniffing the 100+ single-scented candles (giving your nose a break from time to time by taking a whiff of the coffee beans placed throughout the store) and write down your favorites. From there, the staff will help you narrow down or refine the scent combos you love and guide you through the blending process. When you’re done with your blend, they’ll fill your chosen container with liquid, soy-based wax and you’ll add in your custom fragrance mix. Approximately 90 minutes later, your hardened candle will be glazed and ready to take home or give as a gift. Wick Works also offers DIY wax tarts, fragrance oils, reed diffusers, room sprays, body sprays and goat’s milk bar soaps. I ended up making a candle as well as a room spray because I had two different scent combinations I wanted to try. My Tomato Basil candle smells good enough to eat while my Hydrangea and English Ivy room spray makes me feel like I’m back on Nantucket. Love! I had so much fun by myself at The Wick Works so I’m especially looking forward to planning a candle-making event with my best gal pals. The Wick Works is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. at 6384 W. Jefferson Blvd. Call (260) 467-9654 or visit www.thewickworks.com.

I am an unabashed fan of Julie Wall. She’s a maker, an artist and an enterprising business woman on a mission to spread beauty around Fort Wayne and beyond. I adored her sweet little shop off Columbia Avenue, but bigger and better things were in store for Wall and her adorable Hedgehog Press. It’s now called The Hedge. Wall spent a ton of time and money renovating a long-loved but neglected structure on Broadway. The Hedge offers ready-made gifts like cards, jewelry and decor and also offers custom design services for a wide variety of products. Wall has also added cute and quirky novelty trophies, of which I’m a big fan. To commemorate the Chicago Cubs’ historic win, I gifted my husband a golden goat trophy, complete with a custom engraving that included #FlytheW! The Hedge is open noon-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. at 1016 Broadway. To learn about upcoming events and workshops, call (260) 387-5237 or visit www.thehedgefw.com.

The city’s latest home decor boutique opened in October, bringing more life to the emerging retail and restaurant developments off Illinois Road. Dogwoods Home Decor stocks a gracious array of gifts, home decor, accents and furnishings. The walls are adorned with framed art prints and beautiful mirrors, and the many shelves hold barware, frames, small accents, candles, soaps and paper goods. Plush pillows, soft throw blankets and small furniture pieces are elegant additions to contemporary and traditional homes alike. Dogwoods stocks lovely kitchen, dining and entertaining pieces from brands like Simon Pearce and Mariposa, chic jewelry from Julie Vos and body care products by Barr-Co, Spongelle and Finchberry. Dogwoods Home Decor is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. at 9805 Illinois Road. To learn more, call (260) 459-2110 and to see their full list of vendors, visit www.dogwoodsdecor.com.

First appeared in the April 2017 issue of Fort Wayne Magazine.

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