Candle store lights up in Cayman

Pam Mitchell is simply aglow with her latest business venture.

The Caymanian entrepreneur has launched Candles Unlimited, a speciality store featuring a selection of the world-famous Yankee candles and accessories.

Pam and Leroy Mitchell

Pam and Leroy Mitchell welcome customers to the grand opening of Candles Unlimited Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Photos: Jenny Gabruch

‘I’m very excited about it,’ she said. ‘I’ve always loved candles and my favourite is the Yankee candle. They’re famous for their fragrance.’

Candles Unlimited, which celebrates its grand opening this Saturday, is at #12 Plaza Venezia, across from the Compass Centre. It’s just a few doors down from Blinds Unlimited, a window treatment and custom blinds store, which Pam also owns along with her husband Leroy. They began bringing in a small selection of candles about four years as a complement to the business, eventually deciding to make it a full-time venture.

‘I always thought a separate candle store would go over well in Cayman,’ she said. ‘Candles have become very popular as gifts and for pretty much every occasion.’

The candles come in a spectrum of colours and scents, and in all shapes and sizes.

Jar and pillar candles are popular choices, along with tea lights, tarts and votives. There’s also potpourri, room sprays, plug-ins, sachets and car fresheners.

Candle scents include everything from floral to fruit to food fragrances. Among the tempting treats are Ginger Spice Cookie, Spiced Pumpkin, Blueberry, Mandarin Cranberry, Lilac Blossoms, Lavender, Caribbean Fruit and Vanilla Cookie.

Others take their fragrances from nature such as Meadow Mist, Ocean Water, Splash of Rain, Midsummer’s Night and Amber Sunset.

There’s even a candle that gives off the scent of freshly-done laundry called Clean Cotton.

A unique line is designed for the outdoors. These candles contain citronella – which keep mosquitoes at bay – but mix in enticing fragrances to mask its harsh smell.

Pam said the company regularly comes out with new scents – such as its line of vintage wine candles – along with seasonal fragrances and styles.

Starting in August, Candles Unlimited will feature a candle-of-the-month at a special price.

Pam noted Yankee’s line of home décor candle holders and accessories are also popular.

‘The Yankee candle is not just famous for their scents but the accessories that go with them. A lot of them become collector’s items.’

Candles Unlimited is open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays and from 10am to 4pm Saturdays. Telephone: 943-2263.

Candles Unlimited celebrates its grand opening on Saturday from 10am to 4pm with a variety of specials. The boutique is at #12 Plaza Venezia.