About Us

Colonial Candlecrafters' candle shop was started on top of a family's kitchen stove. Now owned by Patricia and Gregory Hess, the business was the brainchild of Pat's mother and father, Beverly and Howard Bird.

"We had this tiny kitchen," Pat recalls. "One candle mold grew to three molds; three molds grew to five and before long mom and dad moved operations to the basement and were making 100 candles at a time. They arrived at a juncture: either do something with this so-called hobby or quit." In 1971, the Birds purchased property two miles south of Lewisburg on Route 15, the current site of the existing Colonial Candlecrafters shop. They officially opened the store on March 3, 1972 in one long room on the first floor and two years later enlarged the space.

"This has been my only job."

Pat HessPat literally grew up with the business of candle-making. She started working at the shop at 14. After high school, she graduated from Bloomsburg State University and came back to Lewisburg in 1979. She managed the business from 1979 to 1982.

"In 1982 mom and dad decided to sell the business. Greg and I had been married three years. I said 'Letís either buy it, or move to Florida.' I couldn't stand by and let someone else buy the business I had not only grown up with, but also one I had truly grown to love."

Over the years many changes have taken place in the candle-making industry, but one factor has remained the same: At a time when most candle makers have switched to an automated manufacturing process, Colonial Candlecrafters has stayed with its tradition of hand-pouring its candles, despite the lengthy process.

"We have spent many hours deciphering why certain candles burn differently than others. There are numerous variables which help to develop the way a candle performs. We put everything we have learned over the past 35 years into making our candles, which makes them a very special product."

Pat Hess
Candle making has been part of our family tradition for over a third of a century. We take pride in the fact that all our candles are of the highest quality standards, ensuring great fragrance impacts and long burning times. Our candle makers hand poured about 80,000 pounds of wax last year alone!

From our humble beginnings, we have grown into a multifaceted candle business offering candles of many sizes and shapes as well as other candle related products.

Catering to guests near and far, Colonial Candlecrafters has grown from a family hobby to a full-time business. Whether you are drawn to color or fragrance in a candle, Colonial Candlecrafters has a variety of both from which

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Pat Hess receives award

Visitors Bureau Names Award in Honor of Pat Hess

This year, the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau has created a new award, the Pat Hess Award, to be presented to an individual who understands the "big picture" of the economic importance of tourism's role in the Susquehanna River Valley Ė and most importantly Ė is an informed, impassioned, advocate and tourism ambassador at the highest level. The inaugural award was presented to the tourism ambassador for whom it was named, Pat Hess.

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Celebrating 40 Years!

40th Anniversary

The sun broke through an otherwise cloudy day as the GSVCC sponsored a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 2 to commemorate the beginning of Colonial Candlecrafters’ 40th year in business


Colonial Candlecrafters at the KISS FM Fall Bridal Show

Colonial Candlecrafters' display at the KISS FM Fall Bridal Show



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3848 Westbranch Highway
Route 15 South
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 524-4556
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Shop Hours:
Sunday thru Saturday 10:00 - 5:30, Fridays 10:00 - 9:00
From Thanksgiving until Christmas 10:00 - 9:00
Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day.

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