Penn & Beech Candle Company was maybe a hidden gem at one point. Now, you will need a reservation to get in. There are locations in Broad Ripple and Carmel, and in the last month, I visited both locations, and both are equally amazing. \u00a0 When we visited, we were given a tour of the shop and directions for our in-store candle pouring experience. Then we were handed a notepad and pencil and directed to the Wall of Scents.\u00a0\u00a0 We spent a good 20 minutes exploring the wall through our noses. My son, George, and his friend had to be pulled away from the wall.\u00a0\u00a0 \u201cBut one more! Look, it says it smells like OLD BOOKS!\u201d he pleaded.\u00a0 \u201cBut we need to make a candle, not just smell them.\u201d I pulled his mittened hand.\u00a0 Ignoring me, he plunged his nose into the candle and inhaled. His eyes grew wide. \u201cIt does smell like old books! Smell it, mom!\u201d\u00a0 Candle under my nose accompanied by my boy\u2019s sparkling eyes, I took a big whiff, \u201cOh my gosh! It totally does!\u201d\u00a0\u00a0 This scene played itself out multiple times \u2014 insert a new scent each time. Santa\u2019s Pipe. Mulled Cider. Rosemary. Lily of the Valley. Cucumber. Pear. Yuzu? (It smelled like an orange.)\u00a0 When we finally pulled ourselves away and made it to our table, we were met by our server with a near impossible task: narrow your favorite scents down to three.\u00a0\u00a0 Once we decided, she brought out the ingredients for our candle. We began to mix and pour. And sniff. Until we reached the perfect, unique-to-us candle.\u00a0 George decided on a combination of Santa\u2019s Pipe (a scent that will be retired in the spring until next winter) and Old Books. We were given a label for our candle and encouraged to make up our own name. George called his \u201cOld Pipe.\u201d\u00a0\u00a0 George\u2019s friend, Melania, chose a lovely combination of Cucumber, Pear and Yuzu which she named \u201cMermaid.\u201d\u00a0 Since we went to the shop, George has said several times that was one of the most fun outings we have been on together. I\u2019m looking forward to a visit in the spring to see what new fragrances line the shelf.\u00a0 Penn & Beech Candle Company is located at 747 N. College Ave. in Indianapolis, and at 145 Elm St. in Carmel.