HANOVER, Pa. (WHTM) — A new candle-making studio recently made its debut in Hanover, Pa. this past weekend.

The new Cultivated Essentials Co. is owned and operated by Maryland native Heather Weyforth Caple, who first moved to Pennsylvania back in 2013. According to Heather, this will be the first brick-and-mortar business that she has owned and operated herself.

What began as a small at-home business that sold self-care products on Esty has since transformed into a storefront location that offers customers the opportunity to come and make their own personalized candles from scratch. According to Heather, customers will have the chance to pick from 50 different vessels (candle jars) and 50 different fragrances when they come in to create their candle.

“I was working from home for a few years and I had an Etsy shop where I sold my self-care products,” Heather explained. “I kept getting positive feedback from my buyers and it motivated me – it just kept pushing me to want to open a store of my own.”

Heather has 10 years of experience making hand-crafted candles and customers will be able to receive as much or as little guidance as they desire.

A candle-making session at Cultivated Essentials Co. takes about 45 minutes to an hour, and the cost of making a custom candle is between $25-$40, depending on what vessel you choose.

It should be noted that upon finishing your candle, it will take about three hours for it to cool – customers can then come by the storefront at a later time or date to pick up their cultivated creations.

According to Heather, she will be able to seat up to 35 customers at a time during these candle-making sessions.

“It feels great to be able to share this experience with others,” Heather added. “Now they have a place that they can go to make their own special candles.”

In addition to offering custom candle-making for her customers, the new Cultivated Essentials Co. also features a small retail section full of handcrafted self-care products created by Heather. Some of these natural hand-crafted products include:

  • Body butters
  • Soaps
  • Pre-made candles
  • Serums

To view the online store of products from Cultivated Essentials Co., you can click here.

According to Heather, she first acquired her storefront in York back on February 1, 2023, and since then has been working on renovations to the former home of the Pretzel Pizza Cafe.

The new Cultivated Essentials Co. is located at 28 Frederick Street and their hours of operation are:

  • Mondays & Tuesdays // (Reserved for private events)
  • Wednesdays – Saturdays // 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sundays // 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“It’s very exciting, I am nervous and excited at the same time [about opening],” Heather stated. “I am getting a lot of awesome feedback and it makes me excited. I feel like I am finally taking the next step.”

Cultivated Essentials held its grand opening on Saturday, May 27.