Mundane: A Hudson Valley Candle Shop
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Anyone can sell candles. But nestled among antique shops, cafes, ice cream shops and the General Store in Cold Spring lives a Hudson Valley Candle Store that puts a magical spin on purchasing a candle: YOU create your own scent.
Welcome to Mundane!
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What is Mundane?
Mundane is the newest addition to the amazing small shops that line Main Street in Cold Spring NY. It’s located in what once was The Country Goose and Alexandra and her husband Charlie now fill the space with scents galore.
115 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY
Thursday: 1pm – 5pm
Friday: 12pm – 6pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 6pm
And by appointment
Why is this Hudson Valley Candle Store so unique?
Unlike other Hudson Valley candle stores, where you see a pretty candle or reed diffuser, smell it and buy it, here you make YOUR OWN scent. In addition to the act of making your own Hudson Valley Candle, Mundane is not the same ‘ole scents that you find in any candle store (think vanilla, lavender, etc). These go above and beyond what your sense of smell is used to (see below for full list) and, trust me, it will be delighted!
This charming shop has an 8-seat scent bar, which makes you are a part of the complete process from beginning to end: from choosing the fragrances to mixing them for your final product. These products not only smell divine, they are also vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic and handmade in this wonderful town, Cold Spring, NY.
In addition to offering the classic experience of choosing and purchasing the shop’s signature blends, the act of creating your own product, exclusive to you, is what makes this Hudson Valley Candle Shop extra special!
What is the Process of Making a Product at Mundane?
Upon arriving and being warmly greeted by Alexandra, she explains the process and asks whether you’re interested in creating a custom scent for:
- A Candle
- A Reed Diffuser
- A Set of Ceramic Beads
From there, you receive a mini clipboard, pen and a sheet to fill out with your favorite scents. Pre-made scented candles are located on the wall behind the scent bar and each are labeled for your convenience.
And this is where the fun begins…
Sniff, smell and enjoy the process. Take your time…
Write down all the ones that you like, but at the end of the process, Alexandra helps you find the most complimentary fragrances and helps you narrow it down to three scents for your final product.
After choosing the three scents that you like and that compliment each other, a small tray located in your space at the scent bar will have the three bottles of the scents you chose. In addition, you will have a receptacle that resembles a shot glass where you will pour your fragrant oils into.
The combination of oils is completely up to you. That is what makes this process very unique. It’s not cookie cutter and it’s not 1/3, 1/3 and 1/3, although you can do it that way if you’d like. The smell of your candle, reed diffuser or ceramic beads is completely up to you.
After filling your small container, your melted wax-filled container will be brought to you (when making a candle) and you will be instructed to pour your oil fragrance into the melted wax and stir with a long-handled spoon.
And you can be confident that no one else has a product that smells exactly like yours!
What are the materials used for making a candle?
The candles are made with 100% soy wax and fragrance oils. They are safe to burn and is produced in the united States. Since dyes are not added to the wax, you get the purest form of product.
What scents are offered at this Hudson Valley Candle Store?
The fragrances available to choose from at Mundane is extensive and this lends to the uniqueness of this business. While other Hudson Valley Candle makers pre-select fragrances and scents for you, the difference at Mundane is that you choose the blend yourself.
It is important to note that not all fragrances are compatible with all products. During my visit, the following fragrances were available for candle making.
- Almond + Shea
- Black Violet
- Coffee Bean
- Earl Grey Tea
- Hemp Smoke
- Lemon Balm
- Old Books
- Orange Blossom
- Rose Petal
- Rosemary + Sage
- Sweet Chili
- Tomato Slice
- Vanilla Bean
- Summer Lawn
- Tobacco + Honey
Speaking from experience, it is very difficult to choose just three scents. Each one of them is so unique and having eclectic choices like, Tomato Slice and Summer Lawn just makes it even more difficult.
The collection listed above is just what they offer year round and does not include their seasonal collection (spring, summer, and fall + winter). You can check their website for these additional choices.
Things to Consider before a visit to Mundane:
- Before making plans to visit the shop, please know that it is open Thursday – Sunday.
- Check their website for any updates on hours of operation, scent menu and products.
- Parking can be difficult to find on Main Street. Because of this, you may need to consider taking the train or parking on a side street.
Meet the Owners:
Mundane opened up this Hudson Valley Candle and Scent shop as a place to create something that either will create a new memory or bring back an old one.
Working in the industry for over 10 years, Alexandra and her husband, Charlie, put their complimentary talents and ideas together and opened up Mundane. Their hard work and love for the concept show throughout the shop.
This dream team has created something that’s not only unique to the area but something that strengthens the sense of community. It is not just a lace to shop, it’s a place to create experiences and memories.
Mundane is not only limited to the items in their shop. Consider special orders that can be used for weddings, showers, corporate events and more. They also provide wholesale services. No job is too big or too small.
Where is Cold Spring NY?
Located in Putnam County NY, Cold Spring is a quaint town full of small shops, coffee houses and eateries. Because it’s a Hudson Valley River Town, it is a popular place for day trippers and people who love to visit this small town on the weekends.
What’s the easiest way to get to Cold Spring NY?
Because it’s located on the Hudson Line of the Metro North Train, I would say that the train is the easiest way to get to Cold Spring and this Cold Spring NY Candle Store.
But is you’re no where near the Metro North Train or the Hudson Line to be more exact, then the second easiest way to get there is by car.
What else can you do in Cold Spring NY?
While you wait for your candle to set, you can walk all around Cold Spring’s Main Street and visit the eclectic selection of shop, cafes and eateries that run up and down this tree-lined street.
Tips for Visiting Cold Spring:
- Street parking is not abundant in town and, particularly, on Main Street, where this Hudson Valley Candle shop is located.
- Your best bet for finding parking is early in the day and during the week.
- Lots of day trippers love Cold Spring, so it can be busy on the weekend.
How To Find Great Deals while visiting Cold Spring, NY
I am all about saving money while out and that’s why this information is essential if you also like to save money.
But, to be honest, it’s very difficult to have a completely FREE day, unless you pack for the day, as if you’re packing for a Road Trip.
For times when you don’t have the time to pack the car up, here are some great resources where you WILL find deals on everything from other activities to dining.
- I love using LocalFlavor.com to find deals on restaurants and fun things to do.
- When researching for this article, I found amazing deals for restaurants in Yonkers, Dobbs Ferry, New Rochelle, and so many more places.
- I also found discounts on other local attractions to fill the day
- Groupon is also my go-to resource for deals. To be honest, I usually go to Groupon FIRST and then I hit other websites.
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