Why Sanibel Candles Are Made in Ft.Myers
The Sanibel Candle Company is the first store of its kind in Southwest Florida. We offer an experience that allows for you to take home the smells of the islands of Sanibel and Captive, and will transport you back to SW Florida, no matter where you may be in the world. We are excited to share this unique experience with you and hope that you take away a lifetime of memories from your time spent with us at Sanibel Candle Company.
So why are we called Sanibel Candle Company when we are located in Ft. Myers?
In May of 2022, we began the process of building out and renovating the existing store, Sand Castle Gifts and Gourmet in hopes of opening a sister store, Sanibel Candle Company on Sanibel Island. Sand Castle Gifts and Gourmet was getting ready to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary and then came Hurricane Ian in September 2022.
Sanibel Island and Captiva Island, Ft. Myers Beach and much of Southwest Florida were devastated by the hurricane. Rebuild and restoration began just days after Ian made landfall and as it made its way through the area. The community came together in support of one another as the cleanup and process to restore power to the island was in full swing.
In January of 2023, we were in search for a new home. We, like many of the businesses on Sanibel Island and Captiva Island, were displaced after hurricane Ian devastated the area.
The process began as we were in search of a shop to call home for Sanibel Candle Company, and that is when we found Bell Tower. The open air shopping space was a perfect landing spot for our store. It mixes the vibrance of the area with the beautiful Ft. Myers weather and sunshine, which really captures the feelings of visiting the area and that you will be able to mix into the candles you make when visiting our store.
We, like many of you, miss the island that we once called home for our shops. The people, the smells, the beauty that made it a top travel destination in Florida. We hope that as the island comes alive once again, that we are able to help in the restoration and rebuilding of the island back to the time before the hurricane, and help the island we all loved get back to what it used to be.
Because of our connection to the island, we wanted to bring as much of the island to our new location in Ft. Myers as possible.
While most of the two shops were destroyed in hurricane, we felt that we were able to capture that same island feel in our new store at Bell Tower. The shop alone will give you the feeling of being in the tropical paradise that can be found on the islands here in Southwest Florida.
So until the time comes, when the island has returned to the beautiful place it once was, we will continue to bring little pieces of the island to you at our new location. We hope to see you soon!