Craft Candles and More at Chandlery


Photo credit: Mike Prince

Stanford Ponson wasn’t going to let the pandemic destroy one of his dreams.

The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native got his start in the candle industry, opening Chandlery Scent Studio at 1533 South St. in November 2020. But supply chain issues and staffing shortages forced the small company to close only 14 months later.

Now the 700 square foot space gives it another shot with everything from handmade candles to scented sprays, soaps, gifts and accessories from local artisans.

But instead of trying to make an immediate return on his investment, Ponson actually reopens his store with prices about 20% lower than the retail average at a time when inflation continues to soar. “I want to stay as accessible and affordable as possible for everyone who walks through the door,” said Ponson, who started Old City Canning Co. in 2017 and has lived in Philadelphia for about a decade. “I work with artisans and suppliers so that we can be profitable without raising our prices, despite the costs of goods, shipping and almost everything going up since we opened our doors less ago. two years. And because we make most of our products from scratch, we can cut out the middleman and pass those savings on to customers.”

The Chandlery reopened on South Street on November 11 with opening hours Thursday through Sunday. Although the University Hospital location serves as brick and mortar, the candles are created from scratch at Jasper Studios in Kensington. Over the past few years, Old City Canning Co. has become one of the city’s leading candle manufacturers, producing nearly 20,000 candles a year.

The interior of the store has been revamped and Ponson is adding themed candle-making experiences to the store’s offerings.

“Smell is the least valued sense, and our candle-making workshops are designed to highlight the similarities between candle scents and other sensory activities like wine tasting, flower arranging or blending. of tea,” he said. “It’s a different approach to your typical candle-making class.”

The Chandlery also sells cutting boards, rugs, pillows, home decor, and gifts from local florists and artisans. Ponson also consults with customers to produce custom scents through his contract manufacturing company, Philadelphia Scent Studio.

“Our mission is really geared towards bringing premium scents and experiences to everyday Philadelphians,” Ponson said. “Ultimately, we try to highlight ‘haute couture’ scents and make them accessible to everyone. We opened with the intention of being a modern supply store for your home. I learned a lot about this neighborhood when I opened my shop in 2020, and I know people here are looking for a cool, fun, and positive space to shop for gifts. Adding classes and more experiences to the store is exciting, and I can’t wait to open the doors again.

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