Any bride who places the perfect wedding scent up there with their own gown on the scale of nuptial importance will be thrilled with the opening of Kandl Artistique in Yorkville. The three-in-one shop—luxury candle boutique, cocktail-serving café and candle-making lab—is from longtime Mississauga manufacturers Premier Candle Corp, who have made candles for brands like Tom Ford and Estée Lauder. Kandl’s renovated Victorian semi is outfitted in marble countertops and modern wood furnishings, and filled with the brand’s own high-end collection of totally unique made-in-Canada scents, as well as a few other specially selected luxury brands like Jonathan Adler and Cire Trudon. They also collaborate with wedding planners and have a bridal section full of various vintage-y vessels that can be filled with a couple’s custom scent (crafted on-site, of course) and used to adorn tables.
Alternatively, the space’s candle-making lab makes an excellent non-traditional bachelorette or bridal shower activity. In the hour-and-a-half sessions, up to 12 guests can craft their own custom candle from scratch, from mixing top, middle and base notes together to create their ideal aroma (there are 1,500 options—all of which smell amazing), to choosing their vessel and pouring the wax. While they wait for the wax to set, bridal parties can snack on gourmet desserts and sip on swanky cocktails that were made specially to complement the brand’s own signature scents.
88 Avenue Rd., 416-215-2150, kandl-artistique.com