Bradenton’s Newest Candle Makers are Upcycling in a Fun New Way!

Local residents Patrick Allen and Gina Collaud are upcycling and creating fun, unique candles right here in Bradenton! Here's what you need to know.

Like most of us, Patrick Allen found himself looking for ways to pass the time during the COVID-19 shut-downs. This is when he and his wife, Gina Collaud, began experimenting with candle making. They quickly learned that one of biggest challenges with candle making is finding great vessels to put them in.

That’s when they had a great idea! By upcycling items like liquor, wine, and champagne bottles, they’re able to create fun, trendy candles while also keeping glass out of the landfills. It’s a win-win!

The candles come in incredible scents including Strawberries & Champagne, Cactus Flower & Jade, Butter Beer, Seaside Villa, The Forbidden Forest, Beach Vibes, Creme Brule, and more. The scents often change with the seasons, so you never know what you’re going to find. These soy candles are made with essential oils and are free from the toxins and carcinogens that you’ll often find in mass-produced candles. They also upcycle bottles into hanging lights, windchimes, succulent holders, and more.

You can find Sip N Wick candles at Ginny and Jane E’s Cafe and Gift Store (9807 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216) and at The Beach Shop (11904 Cortez Rd W Box 803, Cortez, FL 34215). You may have also seen Sip N Wick at the Bradenton Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. You can still catch them there from 9 am until 2 pm until the last Farmer’s Market of the season, on May 29th.

Coming soon!

You’ll be able to enjoy Sip N Wick Classes, held at the Cortez Beach Shop. Part interactive class, part social event, during this BYOB experience you can expect to learn a little bit about the history of the candle, receive instruction on how to make your own candle, then go to town choosing your candle container, color, scent, decoration, and more — all while sipping on your favorite glass of wine. You can learn more and sign up here!

Also, don’t forget to check out Sip N Wick’s Facebook page and Discover Bradenton’s event calendar for more fun events as they become available! When you call to reserve your spot (and we hope you will!) be sure to tell them you heard about it on Discover Bradenton!

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