Timothy Jay Candles, the fragrance and candle studio located at 1107 N Harper Avenue, is being evicted and is looking for a new home. The small business opened in 1998. Owner Tim Sullivan is reaching out to the community for leads to any spaces available in the area, preferably a space that’s about 900 square feet.
“I founded Timothy Jay Candles right here on this very spot 24 years ago,” Sullivan said in a video posted on the studio’s Facebook page.” Now I’m being told that I must vacate my store because someone else has taken the entire property over. If you hear of any stores available or space available please contact me. I appreciate it. Thank you so much.’
The famed artisan studio in West Hollywood is known for creating handmade fragrance candles for private label and international clients. “An intricate process, but everything is done by hand,” reads a post on their website. “We work in stages melting and pouring the wax hand-placing the wicks and letting them dry properly for 24 hours”
Sullivan is also known for helping a list of members in the recovery community earn living wages throughout the run of his business in West Hollywood. “Ok time to call in the calvary,” said Bill McDermott in a Facebook post. “Anyone who can help here or in a new space with reap the rewards of karma helping Tim Sullivan who has helped rebuild the lives of hundreds of those in recovery. Including me. Oh and awesome candles!!!!”
The early days of Timothy Jay Candles can be found in their About Page:
“It’s a phenomenon…a little studio tucked away on a side street in West Hollywood producing thousands and thousands of candles for stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, landmarks like the Beverly Hills Hotel and the famous clothing designer Dana Buchman!
In 1998, when I moved in, we had to clear out the remnants of a dry cleaner that had been in the location for years. Slowly, garment trolleys disappeared and long tables were installed to hold the products and materials needed to produce our candles. Soon “locals” were wandering in, following the trail of fantastic fragrances that had wafted into the air. They stayed to watch us hand pouring and the entire process and were fascinated and amazed that we were able to handle such quantities. Orders and Private Labels started rolling in. We needed a “front” to keep in tune with the changing neighborhood, so I designed a small “Studio” space that worked for both clients and the walk-ins.
You might say the whole process is of another time … a time when artisans we’re proud of their work and when finished products were the direct result of hand work rather than machines. I like it that way and I must say … so do my customers!”
According to a source the store was given till the end of January 2022 to find a new home.