Crafts couple opens local shop

When you’re looking for something to add to the décor and ambiance of your home, details like shelf life, safety and smell are important to consider, which is why one new area retailer offers optimum results with its products.

First opening its doors at the end of June, Cedar Mountain Candles, 501 Russell St., provides customers with the ideal alternate lighting with candles made from 100-percent soy wax.

Owner Troy Craig said the soy is superior to paraffin wax in many ways, especially with the added benefit of wicks made of cotton, hemp and wood, which all of Cedar Mountain’s inventory features.

“They burn cleaner, cooler, they last about as three times as long as paraffin candles and they’re a lot more eco-friendly,” he said. “We make everything right here in the store. We use electric melters instead of double boilers and stuff like that, so it’s a lot safer.”

Soy wax is also easier to clean with soap and water and is beneficial for skin.

Troy said he and his wife, Robin, began making hand-poured candles about a year ago.

“We were just doing it out of our kitchen as a little hobby, and my wife’s friends at work just loved the candles we were making, but we grew out of the kitchen and started looking for a shop,” he said.

In addition to making candles with long life, the Craigs pride themselves on being able to come up with a variety of scents, among them pleasant aromas like coconut lime, blueberry crumb cake, cinnamon sticky buns or sun-ripened raspberry.

“They’re pretty realistic, and I had one who asked if he could have a spoon so he could see if it tasted as good as it smelled,” Troy said. “If we don’t have a sent that a customer’s looking for, we’ll go find it and find some way to make it.”

The store also features incense and air fresheners, as well as an etching service for candle jars or any other glass surfaces.

“Pretty much anything people want etched, nine times out of 10, we can make it happen for them,” Troy said.

For more information on Cedar Mountain Candles or to place an order, call 620-2490.

Restaurant chain promotes charitable endeavors within state

With the Colorado wildfire season at some of its highest levels ever this summer, numerous people around the state have felt the impact. In order to pitch in with the relief effort, a company which got its start within the Centennial State will be giving back to those still needing help.

Qdoba Mexican Grill will host a benefit for the American Red Cross Colorado Wildfires 2012 all day Tuesday at its 72 locations around the state. Customers can donate funds to the cause, and the restaurant will match money raised up to $50,000, with the ultimate goal being to bring in $100,000 by the end of the day.

“It’ll go toward food, shelter and helping people who have lost their homes working with the insurance companies, things like that,” Qdoba media contact Ashley Cohen said. “It’s a whole variety of things, and it just depends on what their needs are.”

Additionally, all customers who donate at least $1 will receive a coupon for a free order of the eatery’s chips and three-cheese queso dip. The coupon will be valid through the end of the month.

Cohen said the company, which was founded in Denver in 1995, was quick to jump in and help with fundraising efforts.

“It was all kind of thrown together at the last minute, reaching out to the Red Cross and everything,” she said. “A lot of us, especially people in Colorado Springs, have been touched by this in some way, and we can understand how nerve-wracking it can be, so we wanted to give back to our home state.”

Nearby Qdoba stores include Glenwood Springs, Vail, Grand Junction and Dillon, as well as in Steamboat Springs, 1755 Central Park Drive. For more information about the restaurant, visit qdoba.com.

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