2012 Holiday Gift Guide, Lakewood Candle Company
Advocate Magazine, Lakewood Edition, Dallas, Texas, December 2012
written by Keri Mitchell
Gift idea: Bonnie and Clyde candle, the mos popular scent and Millsap’s favorite, too
Price range: $15-$36 at retail stores, $5.50 and up for custom orders
Where to find it: Random, Talulah Belle, Times Ten Cellars,Dallas Museum of Art, Timothy Oulton lakewoodcandlecompany.com
The way Lakewood Candle Company ended up on the shelves of the Dallas Museum of Art store is “a perfect East Dallas kind of story,” says Alison Silliman. She’s the museum store’s general manager and also its buyer, and she lives in Vickery Place.
Silliman’s home was on the Vickery Place centennial home tour, and Lakewood Candles burned inside each house as tour-goers walked through. So when the museum began gearing up for its current Posters of Paris exhibit and was on the hunt for corresponding local products, Silliman thought of Lakewood Candle Company.
She tracked down its owner, Old East Dallas resident Wendy Millsap, and their conversations led to a limited edition collection of candles, each one emblazoned with a Paris poster and matched with “scents that make sense,” Silliman says.
It was a fitting culmination, especially since Millsap launched her business on the home tour circuit — Junius Heights, Swiss Avenue and Munger Place are among the others for whom Millsap has designed commemorative candles.
Her first foray into candle making involved ladling wax from a pot on her stove to create Christmas gifts. Millsap still hand-pours her candles (not with soup ladles, of course), and about a year ago, she quit her sales job to pursue candle-making full-time.
Neighborhood wine bar Times Ten Cellars sells Millsap’s candles, as do Random boutique in Hillside Village and Talulah Belle in the Lakewood shopping center. Talulah Belle owner Elizabeth Mast, who just opened home design store Hess next door, also is working with Millsap to create a private label Hess candle, expected in first quarter 2013.
Another of her private labels is being shipped to places such as Amsterdam and Hong Kong for a company so big that we’re not yet allowed to mention the partnership in print.
Holiday Gift Guide 2012, Dallas Voice
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 16, 2012.
ART FOR ITS OWN SAKE
Some gifts look like works of art. At the Dallas Museum of Art’s gift shop, they really are. Take the current exhibit of stellar French poster art from le belle époque — you don’t need to leave it there, you can stop off in the DMA store and grab these fragrant candles, bedecked with images from the exhibit. Available in scents including leather, green tea, currant and cedar, art never smelled so sweet. ($35)
Wendy Millsap, Founder. Photo by Can Türkyilmaz
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