SOUTH BURLINGTON The Blue Mall, located at 150 Dorset Street, is proud to welcome a new business to its plaza, Candles and Creations. Although the business, which is owned and operated by Heather Paine and Casey Stabile, has been open for several weeks, Candles and Creations held its largely successful grand opening on Saturday, October 13. The first four weeks of business are what is referred to as a soft opening, so that Paine and Stabile can work out the inevitable kinks that come with owning a business. Good thing, too. Business was so good on Saturday, Paine said, that the preparation time was invaluable. We wouldnt have been ready for this three weeks ago, she said. Candles and Creations offers customers a wide variety of candles, jewelry, arts and crafts, most of which are custom made by Paine and Stabile as well as other Vermont artists. The business was born out of two separate stories that share a common grain. Several years ago, I lost my only brother to a suicide, said Paine. I began making candles as a gift to anyone who helped me along in the process. Then we sold them at a craft fair, and someone told me that they had never seen so many candles sell so quickly. I said, wow, I can do this. However, Paine said that she had to honor her brother somehow in her new business venture, and she vowed to donate %15 of her profits to a community project for the prevention of suicide. The cause expanded to include a product called the candle of H.O.P.E., or, helping other people eternally. A variety of Cause candles are also available at Candles and Creations, and two dollars of the cost of each candle is donated to the specific cause it relates to. The shop features candles dedicated to the following organizations and the cause for which they stand: Cancer Awareness, Out of the Darkness, Project Family, Recovery for Life, Silver Towers, the Simon Project, Women Helping Battered Women, and YMCA Camp Hochelaga. Paine is originally from Barre, but now resides in South Burlington, and began her career in business with Dragonfly gifts of Vermont. Stabile, of Hinesburg, has been making jewelry for at least five years, and got her start when she created jewelry sets for her own wedding. When I got married, said Stabile. I made jewelry for my wedding and realized there was a market for it. Customers at Candles and Creations might recognize Stabile and her work as being similar to that of CW Creations. Thats because the business is hers as well. Past business experience isnt the only thing Stabile has in common with Paine, though. Several years ago, said Stabile. I lost my father and my grandfather. The only thing that made sense was to keep making more art. Stabile specializes in working with dichroic glass and is constantly expanding her knowledge of how to work with various art forms and substances, including precious medal clay and sterling silver. Helping others with the process of emotional healing isnt Stabiles only concern. I also come from a position where I believe women are beautiful and they need to feel beautiful, she added. I love watching someone come in and by something they like and ask to put it on before they leave the shop. For more information, visit Stabile and Paine at Candles and Creations or call 802-660-8021.