Simply scent-sational!

candela shopWho doesn’t love a pretty perfumed candle?

There’s nothing quite like the combination of softly flickering light and a heavenly scent to help you unwind after a stressful day or set the scene for romantic meal – after all, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!

With its range of hand-poured soy wax candles and melts, complemented by diffusers and room sprays, The Candela Shop in Beeston opened for business in the middle of December, just in time to take advantage of the last-minute rush for Christmas gifts.

cognac and orange candleOwner Saffron Bradshaw sources her stock from small artisan producers across the UK. Toxin-free and totally natural, the candles come in a wide choice of fragrances – how about Cognac and Orange from Cambridge, Sparkling Mint Massage or Irish Winter (both from Belfast) or Saffron’s own current favourite Strudel, from Smouldering Wicks in nearby Nottingham?

After a busy first few weeks in the run-up to Christmas, Saffron is now getting ready for the shop’s official launch on Saturday 31 January.

Details are still being finalised but expect goody bags packed with luscious treats and offers, a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Mayor and celebratory fizz of course! Put the date in your diaries and watch this space for updates…

You’ll find The Candela Shop at 1 Stoney Street in Beeston. Opening hours are 10am to 5.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10am to 5pm on Wednesday; 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday; and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

A new website is currently under construction – in the meantime, head over to Facebook for more pictures and the latest information…


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GracegentleIf you’re looking for lovely things for your home, your friends or yourself, Gracegentle in Newark is a real find!

This pretty little shop is packed with gorgeous home and giftware for you to adorn and adore – I’m definitely loving the Dansk Smykkekunst bracelet that was nestling among my presents on Christmas Day…

gracegentle braceletIf you’re reading this in early January and want to be in with a chance to win this red leather and silver bracelet from the same range, all you need to do is enter the Gracegentle competition on Facebook.

Just ‘like’ their page and share the post about their Valentine competition – the closing date is Friday 17 January so head over to Facebook now!

But if not, you can always shop their collection online at or better yet, drop by 25a Castlegate and browse among the goodies on offer – they’re open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday (Sunday opening resumes in the spring).

I guarantee you won’t come away empty-handed!!