Get to know us... Islander Ben Smith
Victoria-by-the-Sea, as the name makes clear, is located on Northumberland Strait just a mile from the TransCanada Highway. Ben first moved to Victoria after brother Erskine became involved in the summer theatre, Victoria Playhouse. Ben's family is now active in the candle business, and as "greeter" he may be found, in his words, "dawdling and making more friends." People come back year after year, and one customer last season even transported her five-year-old candle all the way from Alberta for some minor repairs. Maybe the candles really are enchanted...
Well, I would recommend a visit to Victoria-by-the-Sea. It really is a fine place to just park your car and take a walk around town, and of course visit me in the candle shop! Also take in a show at the Playhouse – you can easily spend a whole day in the village. How to Make an Enchanted Candle: It's possible to create your own candle at Ben's shop. By "a mysterious power of physics" (in Ben's words) the blanks are created from hot wax fused with red sand from the Victoria shore. Customers carve their own designs, then pick their filler wax colour and scent to create a candle that can be repeatedly refilled and last forever.