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OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio – When you face a challenge, you find a solution. That’s exactly what Stephanie Smith did.

Stephanie, who owns the Ohio Wick House in downtown Olmsted Falls, has always been a candle lover. She constantly lit candles all over her house. However, she got a very bad headache. She felt the culprit was the store-bought candles she was burning.

She became engrossed in the makeup of the candles and didn’t like what she saw. They are not made with healthy and natural ingredients.

The Ohio Wick House offers fragrances and products that would make any Ohioan proud. Their shop is located in downtown Olmsted Falls. (Joanne Berger DuMound, specially for cleveland.com)

“I was doing some research about making candles, watched some videos and decided to dabble a bit,” she said. “I started with a water bath on my kitchen stove. I found the natural ingredients I was using made all the difference.”

She started making it in June 2017 when friends bought her. Then she opened her online shop and did craft shows. It uses all-natural soy wax that burns with a non-toxic 100% cotton wick. She also uses all-natural fragrance oil. Her first candle was lavender rosemary. Her husband Justin built a studio in the basement of their home, but she soon outgrew it. She knew she needed a storefront.

Stephanie, who lives in North Ridgeville, said she always loved Grand Pacific Junction.

“It’s the cutest and most quaint little space,” she said. “When I saw that this showcase was available I was thrilled. I felt this location would make the most sense for my candles and brand.”

She spoke to some shopkeepers in the Junction and liked what she heard. In March she opened her store on Columbia Road.

lots of summer related candles

Stephanie Smith, owner of Ohio Wick House, creates all of the scents for the candles she sells in her shop, including those from her summer collection. The shop is located in Olmsted Falls. (Joanne Berger DuMound, specially for cleveland.com)

Business is thriving. The bestseller is her first creation in candle making – Lavender Rosemary. Other popular scents include Orange Patchouli; eucalyptus mint; But First, Coffee and This House is Clean, the latter has a lemony scent. Local favorites include The Jake, which smells like Cracker Jack, Cleveland Rocks and Going Buckin’ Nut.

She creates seasonal and fun fragrances like It’s Fine, I’m Fine, Everything’s Fine; This senorita needs a margarita; Nobody puts baby in a corner; It’s just forever, not long at all and you had me on Merlot.

When she is inspired by a specific scent, she starts creating it. Stephanie tests each new fragrance in her own home.

“I want to make sure there’s a good throw and smells good. I’ll burn them at home and ask my husband if he can smell them. I light a candle in every room of my house. I no longer have headaches or problems. You have to consider what you, your family and your pets are inhaling when you light a candle,” she said.

a skeleton candle

Stephanie Smith, owner of the Ohio Wick House in Olmsted Falls, tries her hand at making fun candles for the holiday season. (Joanne Berger DuMound, specially for cleveland.com)

Stephanie also uses as much local produce as possible and tries to keep it in the ‘community’. Your standard 9 ounce jars will burn for around 40 to 45 hours. How does she know?

“When people were working from home during the COVID shutdown, they told me they were burning the candles all week — a 40-hour work week,” she said.

Candles are also available online at ohiowickhouse.com. Their store at 8070 Columbia Road has summer hours. They are Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am to 5pm; Thursday and Friday 11am to 6pm, Saturday 11am to 5pm and Sunday 12pm to 4pm. Monday is closed.

The Ohio Wick House also offers bath bombs and candle supplies. It’s another local stop that offers the perfect product or gift – for yourself or a friend. Stop by the store and check out the many intriguing and fun scents. And welcome Stephanie to the community.

Antiques galore: This Sunday (July 30) it’s time for the Vintage Marketplace in Grand Pacific Junction and downtown.

It runs from noon to 5 p.m. with more than 60 providers in this area. You’ll find plenty of reusable and vintage pieces here, as well as food trucks and local shops selling their wares.

The last Vintage Marketplace will take place on August 28th.

music in the park: Visit East River Park on Sunday (July 31) for another summer concert. The RayBands will perform from 6pm to 8pm. The group plays contemporary, Motown, island and beach sounds.

Be sure to bring a chair or blanket to continue enjoying the music. A few food choices may also be available.

CLE market: The CLE Market will be held at the Cook Road Convenience Food Mart on July 31 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. The event is free and includes many vendors. After visiting the Vintage Marketplace in downtown Olmsted Falls, why not stop by.

fun for kids: As part of Olmsted People’s Heritage Days, Grace Church is sponsoring their Bulldog Summer Bash. The free event is fun for kids of all ages from 10am to 3pm on August 6th. Enjoy games, crafts, face painting, prizes, raffle baskets and food. A popular game is the Dunking Machine – and you never know who will be sitting on this chair!

The church is located at 6941 Columbia Road.

campus praise: Local residents Kevin Allan and Julia Ellerbruch have been named to the list of deans of John Carroll University’s Boler College of Business for the spring semester of 2022. Congratulations Julia and Kevin.

days of heritage: Just a friendly reminder that Olmsted People’s Heritage Days are coming soon.

The Grassroots event runs from August 4th to 7th. As mentioned above, the Bulldog Summer Bash will take place on August 6th. There is also a historical tour of David Fortier Park and downtown Olmsted Falls at 10:30am that day. Meet at the park parking lot by the covered pedestrian bridge.

Bulldog graduates from Classes 1969 through 1975 can attend the 50th Class of 1972 reunion in four days of activities. Contact Jim Wallace at wallacestar@hotmail.com if you wish to do so.

The Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club hosts its annual Breakfast on the Bridge on August 7th.

There will be some collectible flea markets there on August 4th. We’ll try to help you find it. So if anyone would like theirs published just email me at jdumound@yahoo.com.

BuffettFest: There are still tickets available for the Fat Little BuffettFest on August 6th.

The event will be hosted by the Fat Little Buddies Tavern. Tickets are $10 at the tavern or online and $15 on the day of the event. The music starts at 2pm with two great bands. Proceeds from the event benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

To purchase tickets, visit the tavern’s website, fatlittlebuddies.com. and click on “Buy Tickets”.

Information, please: To include news, tidbits, tributes or activities in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, contact Joanne DuMound at jdumound@yahoo.com. She’s also on Twitter, @JoanneDuMound. The online version of the column at cleveland.com/olmsted has direct links to many news items.

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