The Candle Bar, a Nashville-based retail store providing patrons the opportunity to craft candles firsthand, is making their way to the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan region with two new locations in Georgetown and Reston. The experiential retail concept creates a personalized experience from start to finish: choosing the vessel that will hold the finished product, picking from 40 different fragrances and then finally pouring the wax into its ultimate form in under 60 minutes.
The Candle Bar currently has three successful locations, two in Nashville and one in Charlotte, North Carolina, on track to open another in Boston. Rappaport’s Melissa Webb began working with The Candle Bar in the fall, finding two perfect spaces for their D.C. market rollout and fourth and fifth permanent stores within just a few months. Georgetown’s bustling urban retail environment created the ideal kickoff point for the retailer through its diverse mix of college students seeking a weekend go-to, professionals looking for a happy hour alternative and visitors and residents on the hunt for an entertaining experience in the city. Reston Town Center, with the area’s booming growth, was also well-suited for the retailer seeking locations in urban and suburban areas. “The Candle Bar is an ideal tenant for Reston Town Center. Their ability to bring people together to create meaningful experiences and new memories is exceptional. We cannot wait for their grand opening,” says Stephanie Friedman, Vice President of Leasing for Boston Properties who represented the landlord in the lease transaction.
Opting for a 2,111-square-foot second-level space at 1065 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest as well as 943 square feet at 1816 Library Street in Reston, The Candle Bar anticipates the Georgetown opening date in early fall 2019 while the Reston location opening is still to be determined. The candle-pouring retailer continues pursue new opportunities in the area, seeking sites preferably between 900 to 1,800 square feet in the suburban and urban markets of Northern Virginia.