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City Beat - Best of Cincinnati 2022 'Best Place for an Adult's Birthday'

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We are honored to be one of the Top 10 places in Cincinnati to celebrate your birthday in the city! Reach out to to schedule a candle making class to celebrate anything with a group! We host many team building events, birthday parties, girls nights out, couple events, book club meetings, you name it! 

CityBeat has been in the business of curating the Best Of Cincinnati® for more than 25 years, highlighting the city’s most outstanding selections in Arts & Culture, Eats, Shops & Services, Music & Nightlife, City Life and Sports & Recreation.

Tour De Cincinnati - Local Gift Guide

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In addition to likely improving your overall health, shopping locally ensures that nearly 70 cents on every dollar remains in the local economy. When you shop small, you help to build a better local economy, reduce environmental impact, put your taxes to good use, create jobs, get better customer service, keep the community unique, and you encourage local prosperity. Whew—that’s a lot of good!

It is extremely important to me to share some of my favorite local businesses and gift ideas, as well as encourage everyone to Shop Small on Small Business Saturday* and beyond (holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, and more).

25 Cincinnati Small Businesses to Buy From This Holiday Season

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Another personalized gift option, this time for your candle-loving friends and family! Manitou offers personalized candle making, small-batch candles, and more. They have amazing scents, and I just love that they offer candle making classes, too.

Everything Local Gift Guide
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Avoid parking lots and shopping malls for Black Friday and beyond. Instead, preserve your mental and physical health by shopping small and contributing to your local economy for the holidays this year.In addition to presumed health benefits, shopping local ensures that nearly 70 cents on every dollar remains in the local economy.

When you shop small, you help to build a better local economy, reduce environmental impact, put your taxes to good use, create jobs, get better customer service, keep the community unique, and you encourage local prosperity. Whew—that’s a lot of good!

Simplify in Style - Gifts That Won't Cause Clutter


Do I love the holidays? Of course! But sometimes just the thought of all the new gifts coming into my house causes me more stress during the holiday season. We’ve put together a gift guide of gifts that won’t add clutter or mess in your home. Even better, you can shop local in Cincinnati for most of these gifts!

US News & World Report - 25 Top Romantic Getaways in Ohio

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Delight in many of Cincinnati's top attractions with your significant other by your side. You can peruse the beautiful paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings and more on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and you'll certainly want to spend some time in Eden Park – whether by ambling along the walking paths or admiring flowers, plants and butterflies at Krohn Conservatory within the park. Other exciting things to do include a food tour of the city, brewery hopping to sample some of the area's craft beers and making customized candles at Manitou Candle Co. Romantic dining options abound in this city, from underground Italian eatery Sotto to cozy steakhouse The Precinct to tapas restaurant Mita's.

Jackie Barnes Design - 14 Cincinnati Small Businesses Offering Amazing Gifts for the Holiday Season

14 Cincinnati Small Businesses Offering Amazing Gifts for the Holiday Season

Who doesn’t love candles? That’s what makes them the perfect holiday gift! Any candle can change the entire atmosphere of a room. But there’s something really special about a locally-made candle crafted by someone who is truly passionate about its creation and how you feel about that product when you take it home.

At Manitou Candle Co., you can purchase incredible candles with unique scents, make your own candles and even participate in candle making classes! This shop offers more than candles, offering products for babies and kids, home décor and much more! 

Pursuit of Delights - Celebrate the Holidays in Ohio

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It is the cutest candle shop that offers candles, stationery, home décor, lifestyle, kitchen and bar, bath and beauty, prints, jewelry, children’s items, and men’s wear. This is a super cute place to buy that female in your life the perfect gift. They offer 100 scents of pre-made candles. They also offer candle making classes held right in their studio. The candle class is so much fun and is the perfect holiday activity for yourself or with a friend. I went by myself but there were a few smaller groups of friends (2-3) or mom and daughter duos. The studio and candle making room is super picturesque. 

Cincinnati Mom Collective - 25 Cincinnati Experiences to Gift This Year

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If your house is anything like ours, the last thing you need this holiday season is more stuff. More toys, more gadgets, more anything! If we had to guess, our friends and family would most likely say the same thing.

Presenting the CMC TOP 25 Cincinnati gift experience recommendations below: Make your own candle at Manitou Candle Co.

(CMB Mom Tip: This is a great excuse to plan a night out with your tween/teenager) 

Hey, Michelle - Holiday Gift Guide

I have created this guide in hopes that you can find everything you need for your gift-giving right here in Cincy! Please shop local, they’re working hard and offering curbside pick up and shipping to make things safe and easy. We have so many wonderful shops in Cincinnati selling everything you need to make someone smile during the holidays… Here are some of my favorites:

Manitou Candle Co ~Candles for sale or give the gift of fun and go make your own

Adventure Mom: Ultimate List of Experience Gift Ideas Around Cincinnati

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Are you looking for a special experience gift for family or friends? It can be challenging when you are buying for the person who has everything or if you don’t want to add more clutter with a gift that may or may not be used.

When you purchase a fun experience gift around Cincinnati you are helping put dollars back in the community by supporting small businesses, local restaurants, attractions and museums.

Experience gifts are a great gift idea around the holiday season, special occasion, birthdays and/or mother’s or father’s day.

YELP - Hobby #Goals: Ten DIY Workshops Across the U.S.

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With the holidays over and summertime in the distant future, the time is right to dig deep into a cool new hobby. Ever thought of giving DIY a try? Whether you’re wanting to macrame your way to total relaxation or low-key weld your own car parts, there’s a hands-on workshop out there for just about everyone. Check out these ten crafty classes around the U.S. for some serious schooling in all things DIY!

What to expect: Mix and pour your own custom candle in a dreamy mid-century workshop. Make it a date night with BYO snacks and wine!

“What makes it really cool is that if you buy a candle in-store, it is just a single scent (they have 100), but if you make your own, you can combine scents.  Also, two candles of this high a quality for $40 is a great deal!  The class was really fun and the candles smell so good.” – Elizabeth N

Ohio Explored

Today we ventured along the Ohio River in Cincinnati to find the cutest little candle shop, Manitou Candle Co.! We had a wonderful time making our own candles during their Weekend Candle Making Workshop! Manitou is a unique Ohio-based shop that sells their own small batch handmade candles along with beautiful jewelry, accessories and locally made art work.

Go There! Try That! - Manitou Candle Co.

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The environment at Manitou Candle Co. is bright, clean and welcoming. This simplicity makes picking from the nearly 100 scents less daunting. We also found the staff sweet and enthusiastic.

The Cincy Weekend - We Tried It: Candle Making At Manitou Candle Company

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With more than 100 scents on hand, get ready to create something awesome. Who doesn’t love candles? We definitely do, and we love making things. That’s why we decided to head over to Columbia Tusculum to check out Manitou Candle Company, who in addition to selling amazing candles, also offers classes where you can make your own. From scents like Fraser Fir to Whiskey, you can truly make something unique here and have an awesome time while doing it.

Yelp's Cincy Made: Manitou Candle Co.

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We can't stop smiling after this event. Kate and her team at Manitou Candle Co. welcomed us into their space for a hands on candle making class where were chose from over 100+ different scents, made and hand labeled our own candles. And what an experience it was! Check out all the 5-star reviews!


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This shop on Eastern Avenue is so serene and spare; it is the maker embodiment of “Calgon take me away!” You might not want to leave. Manitou provides everything you need make and scent your own custom soy candles.

It's Always Ohio - Unplug and Create Scented Soy Candles at Manitou Candle Co. 

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This mellow, yet somehow vibrant space in the Columbia Tusculum neighborhood of Cincinnati is the perfect spot to shut off your phone and just do something different. Not only will your learn the art of making scented soy candles at Manitou, but leave with some really unique tangible memories. Learn well and smell good my friends.

Cincinnati Mom's Blog - Moms Night Out with Manitou Candle Co.

Cincinnati Mom's Blog - Moms Night Out with Manitou Candle Co.

Consider yourself warned: I am about to gush. And I am not a gusher. Tonight, the Cincinnati Moms Blog executive team was able to meet for a little bit of business and a lot of laughter at Manitou Candle Co. If you have never had the chance to make your own candle, you NEED to do this! If you have already participated in a candle making class, you also NEED to do this.

The Manitou Candle Co. is located on Eastern Ave in an area of town that is still on the front end of revitalization. The space is beautiful. Manitou Candle Co. is located in an old bank and the windows let in gorgeous natural light and the event space is so incredibly peaceful.

Hey Michelle! - Let's Get Lit!!

Hey Michelle! Let's Get Lit

My friend Amy and I had so much fun making candles and new friends at Manitou Candle Co. When you pull up to Manitou your interest will be piqued! It is absolutely adorbs! Then you’ll go inside and meet the owner Kate Fey and her staff, and you will––right then and there––decide “I want to hangout here!” Now, if you don’t have time to make one, you can also purchase pre-made candles.

The DIELINE - Manitou Candle Co: Hand Poured With Love

Durham Brand & Co. created the contemporary yet minimal packaging for Manitou Candle Co., a hand-crafted candle company that pours their wax with love.



Making wedding favors is usually a cause for stress, but Manitou Candle Co's Kate Fey decided to make the candles she had created for her wedding guests into a business. Now those candles have a home in Manitou’s bright and airy shop, located in a former bank on Eastern Avenue. The boutique is filled with a selection of scented candles—100 distinct scents to be exact—from traditional rose to boozy mint mojito. 

Cincinnati Refined - Create Custom Candles In This Chic Little Spot On Eastern Avenue

Create Custom Candles In This Chic Little Spot On Eastern Avenue
Located in a beautiful space in Columbia-Tusculum, Manitou Candle Co. lets you create the perfect candle. And it’s one that has a 70-hour burn, in case you’re counting.

Cincy Chic - Manitou Candle Co.

Is your New Year’s resolution to learn a new hobby or try something new? Read on to learn about a new Columbia-Tusculum business offering candle making, classes and unique gift items that’ll light your flame.