City Candle Merch Giveaway!

We've got an awesome market coming up this Saturday and we hope to see you there!  We'll be at the Night Market at Cahaba Brewery this Saturday from 4pm - 9pm.  We'll have all of our new Summer Seasonals on display, plus a new Luxury Candle, Azul!  We'll also have all of our Everyday Favorites, The Tea Series, the Spring Seasonals, and a special summer themed June Small Batch.  Hope to see you there.  For the first time, we'll be doing a giveaway at this market - with every order, you'll get a free City Candle Company koozie!  But wait, there's more - with every order over $50, you'll also get a City Candle Company canvas tote bag.  Don't miss out on these awesome pieces of merch.  Hope to see you there Saturday! 

Before we get to the rest of the City Candle update, we've got a few candle giveaway winners to announce:

May Pepper Place Winner - Kaitlyn Hitchcock!

June Pepper Place - Riley Davis!

Congrats to you two!  I'll reach out to you each individually to get your choice of free candle and ensure we get those over to you pronto!

What I'm reading - American Caesar by William Manchester. I've had this on my actual bookshelf for a few years but its massive and I knew it would take a while to read.  But I was listening to a podcast (listed below) and the hosts were talking about General Douglas MacArthur.  I was fascinated. I was gripped.  I've been reading for about 2 weeks.  I'm still only around 200 pages into this one so its going to be a long burn.  But I'm thoroughly enjoying it thus far.

What I'm watching - Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Peacock. I watched a little bit of this show in the early 2010s when it came out.  However, my wife has restarted it and I'm tagging along for the ride.  It's silly and ridiculous and the perfect show to fall asleep to.

What I'm burning - GULF.  I always keep a candle in my office to burn during work hours.  Gulf is the quintessential beach candle.  Sea salt mixes with musk and woods to recreate a scent that's 100% gulf coast.

What I'm listening to - Wright Thompson on The Costs of Greatness Throughout History by Ryan Holiday via the Daily Stoic podcast. I listen to a fair amount of podcasts each week.  Somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 hours a week.  This single episode was probably the best hour I've listened to this year.  Wright Thompson and Ryan Holiday are two of my favorite authors going and to have them on the same podcast was a real delight.  The discussions around Reconstruction in the South were fascinating. The anecdotes around the aforementioned Gen. MacArthur were outstanding (in particular, the one about his son was next-level awesome). 10/10 recommend.

What I'm thinking about - This excerpt from an interview with James Franco on a conversation he had with late author, Cormac McCarthy.  McCarthy, for my money the greatest American fiction writer of the past 50 years, passed away this week.  He wrote some incredible pieces that have been turned into insanely awesome movies.  He was notoriously simple and famously uninterested in living a famous, fawned-over life.  James Franco made a movie out of one of Cormac's books, Child of God.  The book is about a loner simpleton deviant living in the Tennessee hills in the 1960s who wreaks havoc on the nearby town.  I'll let Franco take it from here:

In 2013, Franco told the Wall Street Journal this about his discussion regarding the adaptation with McCarthy: "I didn't talk to him until we were in the middle of production and I had a clear idea about how we wanted to do it. In the first phone conversation I said, 'Cormac, people asked me why I wanted to make a movie about this subject, so I'm going to ask you the same question. Why did you write a book about this subject?' He said, verbatim, 'I don't know, James, probably some dumb ass reason.'

Upcoming Markets:

Pepper Place - Saturday, July 8th from 7am - Noon

Pepper Place - Saturday, August 5th from 7am - Noon

Woodlawn Street Market - Saturday, August 12th from 5pm - 9pm

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at, or via any of our social media channels.  Also, for any local Birmingham folks, we offer local pickup in Crestwood so we can meet all of your candle needs at a moment's notice.  Hit us up!

-Seth, City Candle Co.

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