Cleveland Business Creates Grilled Cheese Scented Candles

CLEVELAND, OHIOMelt Bar & Grilled, a Cleveland favorite for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, has partnered with Cleveland business Terra Verde Handmade to offer candles specially created in signature Melt scents.

About a year ago, Melt Bar & Grilled owner Matt Fish was walking through a Cleveland artisan show and came across something that caught his eye—candles made in recycled beer bottles. He knew they had Melt written all over them.

Fish started chatting with the candle creator, Melissa Klimo-Major, who started the Cleveland-area Terra Verde Handmade in September 2009 as a vendor at the Salty not Sweet craft show in Cuyahoga Falls. Back then, Terra Verde specialized in handmade soaps and candles in recycled beer bottles.

“Our product line quickly grew to include recycled wine bottle candles, beer soaps and solid lotions,” Melissa says. “We continue to participate in local and regional indie craft shows and sell at select area boutiques.”

After talking with Klimo-Major at the show, Fish began to wonder about the possibility of candles that would smell like Melt’s specialty sandwiches.

“We discussed the partnership more seriously after the holidays,” Melissa remembers, “and I began testing scents over the spring. After I was satisfied, Matt and his staff tested all the scents, and while keeping the packaging true to Terra Verde’s current labeling, we created a custom label for Melt.”

Currently, the Melt candle scents from Terra Verde are exclusive to Melt Bar & Grilled and include candle creations that smell just like some of Melt’s most popular grilled cheese sandwiches, such as the Wake and Bacon, the Westside Monte Cristo, the Tokyo Tuna Melt and the Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Melt. Beer-scented candles are also an option for Melt fans, but this scent isn’t exclusive to Melt.

“I love that we’re able to offer these really unique candles to Melt fans—especially around the holidays,” Fish says. “And I really love that the company is a Cleveland business and that Terra Verde concentrates on using environmentally friendly materials.”

Terra Verde’s Melt candles are 100 percent natural soy wax, scented and wicked with an all-cotton, low-soot wick. Candles are contained in 10-ounce Melt pint glasses, which are labeled with glass cleaning instructions so the pint glass may be reused after the candle is gone. Just in time for the holidays and available in the five signature scents, the Melt Bar & Grilled candles by Terra Verde Handmade are available for $18 at the Lakewood and Cleveland Heights Melt locations, and will be available soon at the Independence location.

This year Melt was recognized by a plethora of grilled cheese lovers, including PETA, who praised Melt’s “Kindergarten” grilled cheese sandwich as a top vegan choice; “ESPN The Magazine,” which named Melt one of the top 10 best sports bars in the country; and “Field and Stream” Magazine, which featured Melt’s Lake Erie Monster walleye sandwich in a full-page spread.

Melt’s web site at is a place for everything Melt, from rave reviews to the story behind the popular restaurant chain to an online store for dedicated Melt aficionados. The new Melt site is a central hub for all three Melt locations: on the Westside at 14718 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, on the Eastside at 13436 Cedar Road in Cleveland Heights, and in the South at Liberty Commons on Rockside Road in Independence.


Melt Bar & Grilled is a local favorite in the Cleveland region, but has also garnered national attention from The Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives and The Best Thing I Ever Ate, USA Today, ESPN The Magazine, The Boston Globe, FOX News and The Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food. Accolades for the ground-breaking menu items include Best Restaurant kudos from Cleveland Metromix, Scene Magazine and the Akron Beacon Journal, as well as Cleveland Magazine’s Best Sandwich for the past four years and Esquire’s One of the Best Sandwiches in America list.