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28 M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 7 W hen faced with the choice, would you rather have a scent labeled Old Books, Bacon or Santa's Pipe? If you think those options are too narrow, don't worry. The Candle Lab offers 120 fragrances for group members to create their own signature fragrance for a take-home candle. This popular experiential activity is just one of the many hands- on experiences available to groups in Columbus, Ohio. Ten years ago, Columbus convention and visitors bureau officials decided they didn't want groups to simply passively see the city's sites. Instead, they launched experiential activities that promote creative outlets, like the Candle Lab's hands-on candle making and BalletMet's dance workshop. Today, the local CVB is known as Experience Columbus, and the city offers experiential activities of all shapes and sizes, with new hands-on tours popping up all the time, among them a whoopie-pie- cooking class and a soap-making demonstration. Rather than another typical tour that lectures facts to groups, these activities give groups lasting memories as they become part of the experiences. CANDLE LAB Discover whether you prefer flower scents like lavender and hy- drangea, or culinary smells like grapefruit and cinnamon spice at the Candle Lab. Even nontraditional smells such as First Snow and Morning Dew can make wonderful candles. Opened in 2006, the Columbus-based fragrance brand specializes in custom scents and a workshop where groups can hand pour their own custom-scented candle. You can choose from Columbus' two lo- cations in the shopping districts of Worthington and the Short North. BUCKEYE I N G E N U I T Y COLUMBUS IS DEFINING EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL All photos courtesy Experience Columbus BY ELIZA MYERS EXPERIENTIAL travel ISSUE The Candle Lab

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