For the owners of MatchBox Candle Co., expanding into Steamboat Springs just made scents
The MatchBox Candle Co. is coming to Steamboat Springs this December with a lineup of 30 candle scents including the Colorado Blue Spruce, Flannel Sheets and Snickerdoodle collections.
“We like to say we’ve got a very eclectic collection,” said Jeremy Nosbush, who founded MatchBox Candle Co. and opened the first store in Monument in June 2021 with partner Tyler Pate. “We’ve got a line of about 30 or so, and they range everywhere from citrusy and fruity to earthy and woodsy, to mountainy and baking and everything in between.”
All the candles at MatchBox Candle Co. are made from 100% soy wax at the store, which is in the lower level of the Old Town Square Building at 635 Lincoln Ave. Nosbush said MatchBox Candle Co.’s products are made from soy wax, which is a more natural and clean burning than many other candles on the market.
The company was created and driven by Nosbush and Pate, who started making candles as a hobby and giving their creations to family and friends as gifts. They launched MatchBox Candle Co. online in late 2019 and at farmers markets, and the company has been growing ever since.
“We really started revving it up the beginning of 2020 for like craft shows and farmers markets,” Nosbush said. “That was of course right in March, April and May at the beginning of COVID-19. We stuck it through, and the hobby, which just started with us giving them for gifts for family and friends, grew from farmers markets into the stores. We like to say, ‘We’re spreading the candle love.'”
Today Nosbush and Pate own two stores in the Colorado Springs area, another in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Nosbush’s home town), and now a fourth location in Steamboat Springs.
MatchBox Candles also has a strong online presence and offers free shipping nationwide. The men also own a sister company, Hunt & Gather, which is a specialty food and artisan market in Colorado Springs.
The Steamboat Springs store is expected to open Dec. 4 and will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily with expanded hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
But MatchBox Candle Co. is about more than great smelling candles, as the new store will also offer workshops where people and groups can learn more about the candle-making process.
“The candle workshops are a big part of it too,” Nosbush said. “So, getting people into the store and having an experience or, you know, something that they create and is something that people really like.”
The candle-pouring workshops will be led by one of the men or their staff, who will also work in the studio inside the store to create all of the candles that they sell.
“We do lots of birthday parties for like younger crowds, a lot of bachelorette parties and things like that,” Pate said. “So, there is definitely a versatile group that comes through.”
Those interested in participating in a workshop can go to the company’s website for more information or to book a time for themself or a group. The workshops will be held daily, and people can reserve a spot at MatchBoxCandleCo.com/collections/candle-pouring-workshops.
In addition to their own products, the two partners said they are also looking for local artists who would be interested in selling their products at the MatchBox Candle Co. store. In their Colorado Springs shops, they have about 40-50 different local vendors.
“We will bring some of them up here, but we’re also looking for Steamboat artists as well,” Pate said. “We will kind of curate the list of vendors coming in and kind of go through their work and see what really fits well with the theme and … then kind of match that with quality.”
Nosbush and Pate said it was a business decision to add another store in Steamboat Springs, and it’s one that has been well-received by many people they’ve spoken with.
“Everyone we asked from Colorado Springs and a lot of our Denver friends said that they have always loved Steamboat Springs,” Nosbush said.
John F. Russell is the business reporter at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. To reach him, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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