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Candle-making business becomes a family affair

Family waxes eloquent about lessons learned


Before they even enroll in college, the Molnar teens will know the ins-and-outs of running a business.

The Molnars opened Mountain Lux Candles, a make-your-own candle shop, in downtown Golden on Nov. 10.

“It has helped our family grow and become stronger,” said Sharon Molnar. And “it allows the teens to step into roles they hadn’t been exposed to before.”

Sharon and Mark Molnar of Morrison are raising five children — Roman, 19, and quadruplets Luke, Abby, Julia and Rachael, who are 17. They are all homeschooled and at least one of the family members is at the shop at any given time.

All of the teens will be going to college at the same time, Mark Molnar said. And no matter what they decide to pursue, running Mountain Lux Candles will teach them some valuable skills such as customer service, inventory and point-of-sale.

“It’s great to be able to work as a family,” Julia Molnar said. “We all contribute and we all work really well together.”

Chelsea Panos, a PhD student at the Colorado School of Mines, organized a visit to the shop with six friends on March 21. It was Panos’ second visit, and she is already planning a third one in the near future when her mother is in town from Colorado Springs.

“They have a great variety of scents so you can make something different each time you come,” Panos said. “It’s really fun, but also really relaxing.”

About three weeks ago, Kara Marsac of Arvada, also a PhD student at Mines, chose Mountain Lux as a date night destination for her and her husband.

“He wasn’t that excited about it at first,” Marsac said, “but then he discovered how fun it was.”

And he decided he wanted to bring his parents to the candle shop when they visit from Las Vegas this July.

A make-your-own candle shop is not an original idea, Mark Molnar said, but the shop is unique to Colorado and surrounding states. A businessman in Ohio came up with the idea and helped the family start the business.

Mark Molnar has a database consulting company based in Littleton and will return to that work fulltime once the shop is established. Sharon Molnar comes from a long line of small business owners, but has a background as a nurse practitioner and also spent time as a stay-at-home mom.

She calls Mountain Lux her third career. “It was my time to explore entrepreneurship.”

But the best part for the teens is working with customers and letting them create something unique to them, Rachael Molnar said.

Luke Molnar agrees, noting that he enjoys learning what other people like as far as their preferred scent combinations.

“They help me discover new scent combinations as much as I help them,” he said.

It’s great to help people make their own candles, Abby Molnar said.

“Sometimes, people come in and say they’re not creative, but once they get into it, they surprise themselves,” she said. “They have a lot of fun and they make great creations.”


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