05/30/17 6:01am

Michael McPolin inside his new store Birch & Main Candle Co., located at The Shoppes at East Wind complex in Wading River. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It all started when Michael McPolin and his partner, Ken Martin, spotted little black smudges on the ceiling of their former Mastic home.

Thinking it was leaking oil, they had a technician inspect their heating system in hopes of solving the problem.

It turned out to be soot from all the candles McPolin liked to burn. (more…)