A fragrant space decorated in dark blues and golds is nestled on the ground floor of what was once the Waynesburg Hotel and Lounge.
Hideaway Candle Bar opened on June 9 along South Morgan Street and offers locals and foreigners a dream space in which to break bread (accompanied, perhaps, by meats and cheeses, deli style), relax and create custom candle scents.
“I’m from Waynesburg. I love this town,” said Sarah Eddy, math teacher at Central Greene High School, owner of the Hideaway Candle Bar. “This place needs things to do.”
Eddy is a maker with a flair for craftsmanship and entrepreneurship. For years, Eddy has made candles by hand, which she gifts to the hard-to-buy people in her life. Years ago, she casually started selling her wares to friends and acquaintances.
Over the holidays last year, Eddy dusted off his candle making supplies and started pouring by hand.
While picking up her son Finn Cyprowski from school, one of Eddy’s candles caught the eye of another mother.
“She was like, ‘Oh, can you do that to me?'” Eddy recalled. “I’m like yeah, sure. One thing led to another and I had so many people wanting (candles). I ended up making about 500 over Christmas. And then I did another round for Valentine’s Day. I made another round for Mother’s Day.”
The sales were a success and Eddy smelled a bright future.
“The idea for a candle bar came to me,” she said, noting that similar businesses exist elsewhere, but there’s nothing quite like Hideaway in Greene County.
Eddy came up with the company name and logo before he started scouting. She and her husband, Nick Eddy, toured a handful of available storefronts, but they didn’t quite match the schoolteacher’s vision.
“My husband was like, whatever you want to do, I’ll support you. I’m like, I don’t want to do it in a random place. I wanted to find, like, a cool place.”
In January, Eddy visited a property owned by judge and family friend Farley Toothman. Toothman had rearranged much of the ground-level space along South Morgan. Eddy stepped inside, onto black and white checkerboard floors and fell in love at first sight with the wraparound bar and street-level windows.
She and her husband spent a few months transforming the beautiful bones of the space into a stylish hangout. Nick leveled the bar and the couple added a copper surface to the candle-making area (a nod to Hideaway’s original ceiling, now crisp white).
“I bought both sofas before buying anything else. I love this style of furniture and I love velvet, but it would never work in my house,” she said. “My mom actually found this wallpaper, and then everything else followed suit as far as the artwork and the whole look. I guess it hasn’t been a speakeasy, but more glam.”
Glamour, indeed. Edison light fixtures, marble countertop, and wispy floral arrangements provide guests with a relaxed and creative atmosphere. Already, Eddy has welcomed returning customers and loves guiding new visitors through the fragrance creation process.
“A lot of people will come with an idea of what they want, and I will guide them. But some people have no idea. No matter what I do, I feel like I always come back to teaching in in a way,” smiled Eddy. “It’s important to me to be a teacher, and to sit here and teach people how to make a candle that’s never made a candle, that’s good.”
People are encouraged to bring snacks and beverages, including wine, soda, and beer. In addition to candles, guests can create their own aromatic beads, melted wax, and room sprays. Creators choose up to three scents from the scent wall, sit at the bar, and do some magic.
The magic is in adding a splash of color to the wax and sprinkling the candles with glitter.
Eddy takes reservations and greets visitors, and people are encouraged to spend time lounging on the velvet Chesterfield sofas waiting for a ride to the bar to mix or have their perfumes turned into air fresheners.
“The atmosphere I wanted… was like a super soothing, relaxing place where you could hang out. People need that because we’re always really busy,” Eddy said.
Hideaway is certainly inviting, and the vibe changes depending on who is creating.
“I brought in a Girl Scout troop with 12 second graders, so the atmosphere was very electric and lively,” Eddy said. “I had a group come over for a bachelorette party and they brought food and wine and they hung out. It was more of a relaxed kind of thing.”
When school begins in the fall, Hideaway’s hours of operation will change to better serve the community, including Waynesburg University students seeking weekend entertainment and surrounding areas.
What won’t change is the excellent customer service, the fun of making your own candle, or the joy of relaxing with friends in a luxurious space.
“It brings people together. So many customers have said it’s so nice to have something different to do. I think that’s exactly what people are looking for: they want some kind of entertainment, but at the same time time, it is their personal creation.” said Eddy. “I always tell people like, make yourself at home, take all the time you need. And I’ve had people come back many times, so that’s good. That’s always the best compliment possible, return customers.”