Candlefish Boutique: Candles, Gifts and Creative Classes

They've got more than just the smelly stuff at this Charleston shop

By Clare Sweeney,

Candlefish has the candle you're looking for (or didn't even know you wanted) in every style and color — Photo courtesy of Clare Sweeney

Located on Wentworth Street, just around the corner from King Street in the center of Charleston's downtown shopping district, you'll find Candlefish, a boutique shop that's as unique as its intriguing name.

As you might guess, Candlefish does specialize in candles, selling a wide variety of candles in all styles, shapes, sizes and scents. Once you're inside the store, a true sense of the brand's dedication to candles is evident in the ladder-accessible wall of candle scent varieties.

But Candlefish also serves up more than just candles! Here, you'll find a cute and colorful collection of handmade art, whimsical office organizers and supplies, calendars, clutches and bags, jewelry, soaps and an assortment of food and drink accessories.

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At Candlefish, the locally made products in stock share a spotlight with bigger brand names in the candle and home decor market. The best known candle brand names are in stock at Candlefish, alongside international and regional products. 

Visitors to Charleston can take advantage of Candlefish's selection of handmade wares in order to bring back a Charleston souvenir from local favorites like Rewined Candles, Perla Anne Press, King Bean Coffee Roasters, Slideshow Press, Old Whaling Company soaps, Produce Candles or mixers from the famed Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.

Candlefish chandlers make their own candles in-house! — Photo courtesy of Candlefish

The chandlers at Candlefish do more than just stock candles for sale. "The Library" at Candlefish serves to identify your perfect scent by matching you with a special number identifier. Let the Candlefish staff guide you towards your new signature scent!

Candlefish regularly holds candle-making classes, each with a seasonal theme or style, that are open to the public and reasonably priced. Previous Candlefish candle-making classes have taught many eager students the art of making pillars, votives and/or scented and decorative candles.

Learn to make your own candles at one of Candlefish's regular classes or workshops — Photo courtesy of Candlefish

In addition to candle-making classes, Candlefish also hosts regular "Maker Break" workshops, where attendees can learn the secrets of the trade from a creative local Charleston company or artist. Past Maker Break sessions have featured artisan-led jewelry, letterpress, soap and floral arrangement lessons and instruction.

Candlefish events take place once or twice a month, and they're posted in advance on their website and social media profiles.

Candlefish boasts more than just candles! Shop office accessories, home decor and other colorful gifts here — Photo courtesy of Candlefish

Fun, holiday-themed gifts and frequent seasonal sales make Candlefish a must for anyone shopping in downtown Charleston, for themselves or for others!

Planning a return visit to Charleston? Be sure to sign up for the Candlefish newsletter to keep up with in-store events and candle-making classes, along with Maker Break local artisan spotlight workshops.