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About Pittsburgh Candle Works

The Company

Hi. I’m Jenni Ingram.  Owner and creator of Pittsburgh Candle Works. You may know me from Roots & Wings Furniture – that’s the online business I started in 2013. Well, as life goes, this new company is a joy project for me.  The shop I work in was given a box of vintage mason jars, I kept staring at the box wondering what to do with those jars, when I thought – why not make them candles?! I had never made a candle before, but with a little investigation figured out how.  It was a fun process that made my whole kitchen smell delightful.  It was a fun process that I wanted to share. That first batch of candles sold quickly and I decided to continue making candles for each season. After a year of selling candles under Roots & Wings Furniture, I decided to re-brand and give the candles their own brand, that’s when Pittsburgh Candle Works was born.

I love Pittsburgh, it’s a town with a big heart, and we wish to celebrate it with these candles made right here in Pittsburgh, PA. Our candles are made with all natural soy wax (cleaner and healthier to burn in your home) cotton and paper braided wicks, and fine fragrance oils.Our goal is to make home smell good.  We know smells create and invoke memories, dreams, and a life shared.

The Mission

Proceeds from candle sales support Light of Life Rescue Mission.

Light of Life Rescue Mission: Established in 1952, Light of Life Rescue Mission is a Christian nonprofit organization providing life changing recovery programs and food and shelter for Pittsburgh’s poor and homeless.  Men, women and children are provided case management and programs designed to meet diverse needs, including recovery from substance addiction, help for mental health issues, and educational courses to prepare them for careers and independent living.  The Mission is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  No one is denied services based on race, creed, gender, religion, age or national origin.  Light of Life is supported largely by private donations.  To learn more visit

The Artist

Shelbey Tharpe is a fine artist and native of Pennsylvania living and working in Pittsburgh. She is a student a CCAC, a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and has recently received the Meshanko Memorial Art Scholarship. Her interest in art has been life long. Growing up among woods, creeks, and fields gave her space for exploration and imagination. An avid hiker, the natural world and trails have heavily influenced her work. “We can’t always see the beautiful things that lie ahead of us. We must keep moving, head up and eyes open, and find our own way.” Shelbey is currently exploring essence in her coursework en plein air and in her studio.

The Collaboration

This business was built on collaboration – local business are what make this town so special. with local artists, photographers, printers, and more this business has come together and has that special, local small town feel.