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 first met in 2011 on an Internet date in Rosendale. Both widowed, they quickly hit it off, married, and settled in nearby Tillson. Both had had a lifelong passion for arts and crafts, both somehow got 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 enter the store you’re greeted by a pageant of colors, aromas, and designs. Facing you will be the work of local candle and soap makers. One entire wall is taken up with candles from “Aloha Bay,” a cooperative in Malaysia and Indonesia, site of the old spice trade—their candles, made of coconut and palm waxes from their native trees, display fascinating scents and textures.
Sprinkled throughout the store you’ll find examples of Shaun and Wilda’s own work. Shaun practices his craft of inventing and producing new kinds of candles in the shop’s front window, ready to share his newest discoveries with passers by. Wilda focuses more on scents, she’s the nose in the partnership. She’s also the buyer, indulging her delight in tracking down unusual products to carry in the shop.
The couple plan to carry pottery pieces such as soap dishes and candle saucers.
“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.
To learn more about the shop, stay abreast of the latest candle trends or to learn about upcoming workshops and events, send us an e-mail. We can’t wait to see you at the shop!
Wilda + Shaun