If you’d rather spend your time shopping at the best candle shops in NYC than at happy hours—well, it’s time to admit you’re a true candle freak. It’s okay; embrace it. Let it ignite you! There’s no shame in loving home décor stores. But if you’re going to going to be a devoted candle kook, you need to support your local wax workers. That’s why we’ve collected some of the best brands and boutiques in New York peddling their smelly masterpieces around the city, from architectural works of art to earthy spirit boosters to mason jars of simplicity.
Teri Johnson is a Harlem history buff who wants to go back and witness the class and creativity of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance for just one day. But since time travel does not yet exist, she uses scent to take her back in time. Harlem Candle Company touts candles like Lenox, a light, floral imagining of Lenox Ave’s florists once upon a time, and Ellington, a swatch of bergamot, amber and patchouli representative of Duke Ellington’s gentlemanliness. Each candle box is printed with an authentic ‘20s cartoon map of Harlem’s hoppin’ clubs, so slide into that olfactory time machine and go, go, go.
Our candle pick: Holiday: green pine, eucalyptus, cedarwood ($42)
Various locations (harlemcandlecompany.com)
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