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Sunday, November 8, 2015
Candle Nook Cafe offers candles in a variety of shapes, sizes and scents -- including bacon. (PHOTOS BY SCOTT LEFFLER / ENP STAFF)

BY +Scott Leffler

Specially scented melts start as low as 35 cents each. 
Lockport's newest cafe offers bacon and beer, cola and cornbread, egg nog and popcorn. And those are just the candle scents.

Candle Nook Cafe, owned by Mark and Donna McDaniel, brings scores of special scented candles -- in addition to the traditional varieties -- to 16 West Main St. Aside from the food varieties, there's also such creations as "elf sweat" and "Christmas cravings."

The candles are made in the basement of the store, specially crafted by Mark McDaniel, who got into candle making after he had a stroke and was unable to return to work. What began as a therapeutic hobby has now turned into a lucrative business. They originally opened their first shop seven years ago in Albion, then moved to Medina. Health issues forced them to close their Medina location in 2013.

"Candle Man" Mark McDaniel makes scores of
varieties of candles in the basement of Candle Nook
Cafe, 16 Main St.
“I am now known as the Candle Man,” Mark said. “When we moved to Lockport recently and my health improved, we decided we wanted to open in the town where we now live.  We built quite a following and wanted to reopen for all of our loyal customers.”

Mark will custom design candles at a customer's request, as well. “‘Your color, your scent, your choice. Let’s build you a candle.’ That’s our motto. That means if you want a vanilla candle, which is typically white, but the room you want it in is blue, we can make you a blue candle that is vanilla

"We've had people come in and ask for certain scents," Donna McDaniel said. As a full-service company, of course they create them.

With melts as low at 35 cents and votives for 58 cents, customers can try as many varieties as they like without breaking the bank. They also offer larger candles in various shapes and sizes -- including candles shaped like pies and pop bottles.

In addition to the custom candles, the café offers homemade soups, sandwiches and baked goods.

The Candle Nook Cafe is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The store is closed Sundays and Mondays.

The food at Candle Nook Cafe is edible. The candles are just for smelling.

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