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The Wild Mountain Wax Company on Foster Road is, as you might expect, a candle shop -- but it has gifts too

RITA A. LEONARD - Wild Mountain Wax owners Heather Dowdy (left rear) and Kim Freimoeller (foreground) are joined by shop assistant Ellyn Culmsee. A new Inner Southeast candle shop, Wild Mountain Wax Company, opened its doors on Saturday, November 20, at 6416 S.E. Foster Road – the former location of the "Hammer & Jacks" toy store, profiled in the last issue of THE BEE, which moved next door. The new business is owned by Heather Dowdy and Kim Freimoeller. It offers handmade candles, as well as handcrafted home fragrance and apothecary goods made in their studio, "with natural and ethically-sourced ingredients."

The business started out focused entirely on its line of soy-based candles, "which celebrate the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest." Scents offered include Oregon Coast, Pacific Sunset, Cypress, and Spruce, and the Portland Rose scent reminds us of the outdoors hereabouts. But the business has greatly widened its offerings lately.

Heather remarks, "Our clean, minimalist product designs are intended to add simple cozy warmth and beauty to any home. We offer home décor, pottery, art, bath and body items, jewelry, accessories, books, gourmet foods, blankets, pillows, and gift items made by 80 different local artisans in the Pacific Northwest."

In addition to their retail offerings, the company is also taking the opportunity to give back to the community with a "Winter Clothing Donation Drive". Heather explains, "We've partnered with the Portland Refugee Support Group to gather cold-weather items needed to support more than 90 Portland refugee families. Requests include gloves, scarves, and winter hats for children and adults."

Kim adds, "If you bring in a new (or like new) donation for a local family, we'll thank you with a limited edition Holiday Candle, while supplies last. Come on in to see what we have, and welcome us to the neighborhood. Currently there is no phone here, but we do have a website – www.wildmountainwax.com" Wild Mountain Wax Company is currently open only at the ends of each week – on Fridays, 11 to 6, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 6.


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