Do I need a reservation?
YES! Each person needs a chandler workspace set up along with supplies to craft and pour candles. Reservations are required 72 hours prior to the workshop.
Can I bring my daughter to a workshop?

Tricky question, here’s the best way for us to answer it. Our workshops are designed for grown-up (18+) fun and our studio is very much an adult DIY studio. If your daughter, niece, nephew, granddaughter or favorite kiddo is 13 – 17 years old, they are permitted as registered makers in our morning and afternoon workshops. Please note, they must be accompanied by a registered adult unless prior, explicit arrangements have been made.

Our evening workshops are reserved for adults, ages 18 and over. IF you have scheduled a private event in the evening, the age policy is up to you, though we do ask that all guests are at least 13 years old. We are blending and pouring hot wax, this is primarily an adult DIY experience.

What if I don’t have anyone to join with me?

Oh my goodness – no worries! Our open workshops are perfect for situations like this. Our staff and makers are always friendly and happy to meet new faces.

What if I have a group that wants to join a workshop, can we sit together?

Yes, in most cases! Our tables hold 6 – 8 people. If your group is larger, they may be split between two tables. During the check-out process, there is a question of who do you want to sit next to. If you list everyone’s name, or better yet – everyone references one name, we’ll get you seated as close together as we can.

What days of the week are your open workshops?
Open workshops are scattered throughout the calendar and will be scheduled on various days, at various times. Take a look to find out what will work best with your schedule.
What if I can’t find an open workshop that fits my schedule?
No worries, we have two more options for you! You can reserve a Table for 6 (Sunday – Thursday) or a Private Event (minimum of 10 people). You’ll find morning, afternoon and evening slots available 7 days a week.
What time should we arrive?
We ask our makers to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the workshop. This gives you time to find parking, check-in and start exploring the available scents so that we are ready to start right on time.
I have already joined a workshop but now a friend wants to join, can they?
Sure! The more the merrier, as long as there is availability. Please advise your friends to look at our calendar of events for the open workshop listed for your date and time. During the checkout process, they will be asked who they want to sit near, have them mention your name and we’ll do our best to get you seated together.
What if I am running late?

Please call us or if you have a friend already at the workshop – notify them!

Our workshops follow a tight, instructor-led schedule for your enjoyment and the safety of those around you. Additionally, soy wax typically needs at least an hour to rest and set after it is poured and this can change depending on temperatures and humidity. A timely start is the key to taking your candles home the same day!

We start promptly at the time stated at registration. Guests arriving up to 15 minutes late will join the group at whatever point the workshop has progressed to and will be asked to make a quick scent selection. Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be allowed to work on their project and will forfeit their registration. As with any scheduled situation, if you are running late, it is best to notify our staff or a friend, so that we are prepared.

What happens if I have to cancel?

We are very upfront and honest about our refund policy in that we do not offer refunds at anytime. If we are given at least 24 hours notice from the person who cannot attend, we will apply a 100% credit to their account. Credits can be used at any workshop, providing there is availability and they never expire. If we receive less than 24 hours notice, a 50% credit will be applied to their accounts.

NO shows will not receive and credit or refund.

We understand that life happens and sometimes unforeseen circumstances pop up. You are always welcome to send someone in your place – though we don’t get involved in the finances of this transaction. Collecting from your replacement will be your responsibility.

I understand that each person gets to make two candles, can we share a project and workspace?
YES, each person makes two candles. And NO, you cannot share projects and here’s why… Each person will choose 1 scent to fill a 12oz and 4 oz jar. The metal stamping project is for the 12oz candle, so the person getting the 4oz candle isn’t getting much of an experience and that’s no fun. In addition, we are not equipped for sharing and to preserve the experience for all of our chandlers, we require a registration for each person in attendance.
Can I bring alcohol?
Yes, you are welcome to partake in adult libations, providing you are at least 21 years of age and understand our alcohol policy and TABC laws. You may not cross the threshold (go outside) with an open container of alcohol at any time or for any length of time, including a quick phone call.
We have a cork opener and cups for your convenience.
Can I bring food? Snacks? Pizza? Birthday cake?

Sure! We want you to make the most of your 2-hour creative escape at our workshop. While food is not necessary, you are welcome to bring in light snacks. There will not be time for a sit-down meal, but there will be time while our candles are setting to grab something to eat – or celebrate a special occasion with cake and or cupcakes.

If you opt to buy pizza from one of our local pizza restaurants (Cadillac Pizza or Mellow Mushroom), please note that often there is a 45 – 60 minute wait during peak times and they do not deliver. If you need to pick up pizza, please plan accordingly and bring it will you when you arrive (to be eaten after we pour wax, the 2nd hour of the workshop) or pick up after wax is poured. Our number one priority is to stay on schedule and pour wax earlier enough so that you can take your candles home.

What else do I need to bring?
Yourself, your enthusiasm and your willingness to relax, learn and create. This is truly a handcrafted, hand-poured project and there will be imperfections – especially using a natural wax, like soy wax. Take a deep breath, it’s ok.
What tools and supplies will I be using?

Hot wax! Our soy wax is heated to 180+ degrees, so it’s hot! We are also working with fragrance oils and chandler tools such as glass beakers, scales, thermometers and glue guns. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to work with metal stamping tools, such as metal stamps and a hammer.
Please note that studio shares a space with our sister studio, The Board Bar. While we are not directly working with The Board Bar tools, you may be exposed to sawdust (natural pine), water-based stains and latex paint.

If you have allergies to soy and or latex, please consult a physician before crafting in our space.

How long is the workshop?

Our workshops are scheduled for two hours and we ask everyone to arrive 15 minutes early.  The first 30 – 45 minutes is the “creative” portion of the workshop with the last 90 minutes being the “social” part of the experience.  It is important to know that due to humidity levels, ambient temperatures, certain fragrances used and actual start time, candles take 90+ minutes to set once they are poured.  While waiting for candles to solidify, this downtime is ideal for relaxing, socializing, enjoying a sip or two, mingling with new friends and old and of course, you are welcome to walk around downtown McKinney. 

McKinney is chock-full of boutiques, eateries, wineries & more.  If you need a recommendation, please ask a {CRUSH} Creatologist, we love playing tour-guide and we’ve got the downtown scoop!

If your candle is not ready for the journey home at the end of the workshop or you wish to leave early, we will provide instructions for picking it up a later date.

I have a favorite essential oil, can I bring it with me to use in my candle?

Great idea. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance it will not work so we ask that you only use the approved fragrance oils we have in the studio. The burn and melt pool is often unpredictable with essential oils and varies greatly from oil to oil. In addition, the hot throw (scent of a burning candle) is often unpredictable or poor at best, with essential oils.

I am sensitive to fragrances, do you have any options for me?

We sure do!  We understand that fragrant candles may not be everyone’s cup of tea and some people are more sensitive to smells than others.  With this in mind, we encourage attending a workshop and making a scentless soy candle.  Yes!  There is such a beast.  You will have the same experience, with the exception of the scent exploration.  We use 100% soy for wax along with cotton wicks, so it’s a clean burn.  If you omit the fragrance, you can still enjoy the ambiance of a burning candle.

I have my own vessel (or jars from a previous workshop), can I bring them with me to use?
At this time, we are only using the new jars that come with each workshop. However, as we grow – we will incorporate a recycle program that allows you to come in and refill your wax. We’re just not there yet.

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The Board Bar Studio

213 N Kentucky St
McKinney, TX 75069

Hours

DROP-IN & DIY | OPEN SESSIONS
Thursday 12:00 - 6:00*
Friday 12:00 - 6:00*
Saturday 12:00 - 6:00*
Sunday 12:00 - 6:00*
*Projects take 30 minutes - 3 hours, please plan your visit accordingly.  If no one is seated by 5:00, our studio will close 1 hour early.

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