Candle making shop in Monmouth County, NJ

Brighter Days Co. is offering candle making workshops in its new studio space.

Diana is the owner and candle maker of Brighter Days. She founded the company in 2016 from the kitchen of her apartment, which quickly turned into the studio/warehouse she lives in today.

Photo courtesy of Brighter Days Company

Photo courtesy of Brighter Days Company

When Diana appeared on different markets and craft fairs, she saw that there was a desire and demand for a fun new DIY experience.

Their candle making workshops were first tested in wineries and house parties, before opening their workshops in Marlboro in March 2020. They now offer weekly workshops and space for private parties.

Diana will guide you with step-by-step instructions and help you make your own soy wax candle.

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Each person can make two wooden wick soy candles from start to finish. You can choose your own scents from about 25-30 scent choices. Then you’ll build your wicks, measure, pour, and create your labels.

Photo courtesy of Brighter Days Company

Photo courtesy of Brighter Days Company

Whether you are taking part in a relaxing and fun workshop or looking to learn the skill of candle making, you can ask owner Diana and her staff all your questions. BYOB is also welcome and encouraged.

In their open workshops they can accommodate 24 people and they can fill 32 seats for private parties. On average, they have around 12-18 people in each class.

They also sell their candles; they are all handmade and poured in New Jersey. They are vegan and non-toxic and made with 100% natural soy wax and fragrances without harmful chemicals.

Photo courtesy of Brighter Days Company

Photo courtesy of Brighter Days Company

The workshop ticket is $40 and includes two 8 oz. hand poured scented wooden wick soy candles that you will create. You can buy tickets HERE.

You can stop by Brighter Days Co. at 87 S Main St, Marlboro, NJ 07746, and follow them on Instagram.

Best Cafes and Cafes Near NJ Beaches

When it comes to food, New Jersey is known for many things such as pizza and pork roll. Don’t count us out when it comes to coffee.

With all the hustle and bustle of the average New Jersey resident’s day, coffee is essential. It doesn’t matter if you live in the towns of North Jersey or the vacation spots by the sea.

In fact, as the former owner of two Jersey Shore cafes, Coffee Dot Comedy in Sea Isle City and the Daily Grind in Ocean Grove, I know firsthand how much Jersey Shore people love their Coffee.

In that regard, I asked my social media to follow where the best cafes on the Jersey Shore were, especially since both of my locations no longer exist.

Here’s what they found. (And see this other article for their cafe and cafe recommendations for central Jersey.)

The Ultimate Guide to New Jersey Breweries

So what is a “brasserie”?

According to Thompson Island’s article on the differences between a craft brewery, microbrewery, craft brewery, and gastropub, it says:

“A craft brewery is a hybrid between a restaurant and a brewery. It sells at least 25% of its beer on site in combination with extensive catering services. In a craft brewery, beer is primarily brewed for sale to the inside the restaurant or bar. Where legally permitted, breweries may sell beer to take-out or distribute it to certain off-site destinations.”

New Jersey has tons of Brewpubs, some of which have been around for years and some that just opened last year.

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