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Everything is illuminated.

A candle is a candle is a candle. Until you encounter Glassybaby.

The Seattle-based votive maker recently opened a store on Sacramento Street (the first outside of Washington), and we couldn?t be more lit up about it.

So what?s all the fuss about? Well, each votive ($44) is hand-blown by one of four different artists, and heated several times in a 2,000-degree oven. In other words, they?re anything but cookie-cutter. The vessels come in some 400 colors--we?re partial to the timely bright-red Rudolph and the soothing Seaglass.

The shop itself is mesmerizing, with rows of the shapely votives lining the stark white walls to create a rainbow of hues. But what really sets Glassybaby apart is its commitment to giving back. Ten percent of the company?s total revenue goes to good causes--and it has donated more than $1.6 million to date. When you buy candles at the SF store this month, proceeds will be donated to the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, where the money will go toward patients? basic needs (e.g., parking, groceries) not covered by insurance.

Other votives just can?t hold a candle.

3665 Sacramento St.,

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