415 Main St, Rosendale, NY
"In the heart of Rosendale’s charming downtown, a dazzling gift emporium, soaps and candles of all kinds, for you, for your loved ones."
-Wilda + Shaun
Wilda and Shaun were both born in London but met in 2011 on an Internet date in Rosendale. The widowed pair quickly hit it off, married, and settled in nearby Tillson. They soon discovered they shared a lifelong passion for arts and crafts. Separately, they found themselves drawn to making soaps and candles - “Let’s open a store in Rosendale and call it Rosendale Waxworks.” No sooner said than done.
Enter Rosendale Waxworks.
As you stroll into the store, you’re first greeted by a variety of work by local candle and soap makers marked by their beautiful color, inviting aromas, unique packaging and pure ingredients. Alongside the wall is a major display of “Aloha Bay” candles, featuring a variety of colorful waxes, interesting textures and delightful scents made sustainably by members of a cooperative in Malaysia and Indonesia out of waxes from their native coconut and palm trees. Sprinkled throughout the store are the artistic ventures of Shaun’s candle making cooperative, with playful pieces like ‘sticky rice’ candles in antique Asian rice bowls. They also plan to offer pottery pieces inline with the stores’ products such as soap dishes and candle saucers.
Shaun practices his latest outlet of art, inventing and producing new kinds of candles, in the shop’s front window. Passers-by will often find him in his candle-making corner; a perfect space to share his newest discoveries with them. For Wilda, making soaps and candles has become a channel for her lifelong passion for art and she indulges her delight in tracking down unusual products to carry in the shop.
“Rosendale Waxworks is an intimate expression of art, from our shop, to your home.”
— Wilda + Shaun, FOUNDERS
We choose only the finest products for display in our shop, featuring local and national makers, organic ingredients, and sustainable practices. We’re proud to offer specialty items that bring unique art pieces and inviting aromas to your home.
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