In the past, I had bought candles at Blood & Bone Studios in Capitol Hill, after discovering them at a vendor show at the Wetspot. I loved those candles. The smooth clean burn, and the deep lush scents that were sweet but not cloying or penetrating. But they seem to have gone out of business. *pout* Yet another victim of the economic downturn.
Anyway, she told me about Sweet Spirit Candles in Renton. So we went there, only to find that they're gone too! But the tarot place next door was still open. And they had their new business card.
I called them (cellphone), and learned that they close at 5p, which is in fifteen minutes. But wait. She said that they will be there working late, and we can still come by. So I break out the map, and figure out how to drive from Renton to North Seattle. It should have been just a few minutes jaunt, but I'm not so good at driving while the ex is navigating, and she's not so good at reading a map, so it's almost six by the time we got there.
But true to their word, they were still there working. It was a nice little bohemian artist neighborhood, cleaned up but not yet gentrified. No local Starbucks/SBC/Tullys. Which will happen soon enough, with much ranting and teeth gnashing, I'm sure, but anyway...
I ended up buying fifty bucks worth of wicked and scented wax. Maybe I went a little bit overboard. Not all of it is for me, two of them are presents. And I got a tour of the waxworks, which was fun and educational. They focus on aromatherapy and magic, with "essential oils" and "crystals", which I don't have much use for, but the technology of candlemaking is very prosaic and the end products were good quality, with I do have a use for.
So now there's a lovely sweet white vanilla and almond Merlin burning in the living room. The fragrance is a bit sharp, but it's still nice.