Corridor Candle Co.: A San Diego-inspired small business that makes a lot of scents

The City Heights-based company specializes in candles inspired by beautiful places in SD — like Sunset Cliffs, Torrey Pines, and Anza-Borrego.

SD Corridor Candle Co.

There’s just something about San Diego.

Photo via Corridor Candle Co. + Chelsea Loren

During the peak of the pandemic, San Diego native Megan Wood took up candle-making. She wanted to create a natural, long-burning candle — and she got pretty darn good at her hobby.

The flame was lit. The City Heights resident sparked her own business — Corridor Candle Co. — crafting small-batch scents inspired by her favorite local places like Sunset Cliffs (sea salt, jasmine, lily of the valley, tonka), Torrey Pines (lemon, red currant, juniper, geranium), and Anza-Borrego (fresh flowers, coconut, lemon, sandalwood).

The products are available in our online shop, Six & Main. We chatted with Meg about her biz.

SD Corridor Candle Co. Megan Wood

City Heights resident Megan Wood took a creative spark and ran with it.

Photo via Corridor Candle Co. + Chelsea Loren

Q: How did you choose your scents?
A: I wanted to create candles that just brought back memories for people because I have my favorite places in San Diego. At first I thought everything needed to smell like the beach, but now I think more about how these places make me feel and base my scents off that.

Q: Who is buying your candles?
A: I get a mix of locals and visitors. San Diego is such a special place because it really has it all. People come here to make memories.

Q: Walk us through your candle-making process.
A: I make every candle by hand in my studio with 100% soy wax so they burn cleanly and slowly. I blend my fragrance oils — it’s all about pouring at the right temperature, with the right ingredients. It’s a two-week curing process for each candle. I box them, label them, and take them to local stores.

SD Corridor Candle Co.

Sunset Cliffs combines sea salt, jasmine, lily of the valley, and tonka.

Photo via Corridor Candle Co. + Chelsea Loren

Q: What’s next for your business?
A: I’ll be releasing five new scents on my website next month — Coronado, Windansea, La Jolla Shores, Solana Beach, and Moonlight Beach.”

Q: Which local stores sell your products?
A: I’ve been selling at Sea Hive Station at Liberty Station for about a year-and-a-half. They’re just the best — super supportive of small businesses. I’m also at their La Jolla and Mission Valley stores. I’m also at Small Batch in La Mesa and Thread + Seed in Bankers Hill and South Park.

Meg is offering a coupon code for SDtoday readers via Six & Main. Use SDTODAY at checkout for 15% off your order through this Sunday, Aug. 27.

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