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Couple's Candle-Making Business Moves into Farmington

Jason and Lisa Stoops have moved their home-based business into the Village Mall.

The Scented Bean owner Jason Stoops has found success with his hobby of making soy candles. Photo credit: Joni Hubred-Golden
The Scented Bean owner Jason Stoops has found success with his hobby of making soy candles. Photo credit: Joni Hubred-Golden
Farmington Hills resident Jason Stoops still remembers using the first soy candle he made five years ago.

"We burned it, and the whole living room smelled like coconuts," said Stoops, who has moved the home-based business he operates with his wife, Lisa, into the Village Mall on Grand River in downtown Farmington. They started in the building's basement, but recently moved into new digs on the first floor. 

Jason started making candles for family and friends, getting nothing but rave reviews. Finally, the Stoops set up a website and started selling them. Their business, called The Scented Bean, was soon shipping Jason's hand-made candles across the country. 

"Bringing the business to Farmington was something my wife thought would be a good thing," Jason said. "We have three kids, and it gets a little crazy making candles in the house." 

Scented Bean candles don't contain any harmful chemicals, and the candles melt into a clear liquid that is completely consumed. The soy melts at a lukewarm temperature, Jason said, so you can dip your finger into it and use it as a moisturizer. 

"All of our fragrances are body-safe," he said. "We've dripped a lot of soy wax on floors and counters, and it wipes off easy." 

The candles come in Mason jars or small, hexagon glass containers, and Jason is experimenting with gift items. Lisa makes customized labels, so the candles can be used as wedding or party favors. The store also carries soy-based body lotions and soaps. 

Look for The Scented Bean at the Farmington Area Farmers and Artisans Market in September. The store also offers a local delivery service. 

Store hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday. You can follow The Scented Bean on Facebook and find them online at thescentedbean.com
Kristy Dunnigan August 27, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Best wishes and much success!
Lisa Stoops August 27, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Thanks Kristy!
stacy Wallach August 27, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Welcome to downtown Farmington! We are right across the street at Clothes Encounters and have been here for 27 years! If either of you need anything come on over and Larry and I would be happy to talk to you. We would love to meet you and wish you much success!
Lisa Stoops August 27, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome to the neighborhood! I will definitely be over to meet you soon.

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