Lower Mills shop has the goods for Dot-themed gifts

One of the Dorchester-themed items on offer from Triple Decker Candle Co. at its Dorchester Avenue storefront. Erica Newell photography

Still looking for that perfect gift for your Dot-obsessed friend or family member?

Triple Decker Candle Co. might have material that will make your day.

The shop at 2258 Dorchester Ave., which is owned and operated by Dot native Johanna Keough, sells a wide assortment of neighborhood-themed products – pillows, ornaments, and, of course, candles – made here in Boston from 100 percent soy wax.

“My number one rule of thumb is I don't carry anything in the store that I wouldn't want in my house or as a gift,” Keough told the Reporter. “Almost everything in the store, I have at my house and use.”

Keough’s “top-five” gift ideas include scarfs crocheted by her grandfather, “Entering Dorchester” glassware, tea towels or coasters, locally made cutting boards, and Dorchester hats. Her top pick, however, is the Christmas candle pack.

“Christmas Tree is just your classic cypress bayberry scent,” she said. “It's what you would burn if you had a fake Christmas tree in your house,” adding that “Winter Wonderland is my bestseller every year. It's a pine mixed with berries and pear. It's really pretty and you can almost smell the snowflakes the way it burns.”

And there’s more: “White birch is also a pine, but I always tell customers this one can get you through those winter months after the holidays. It has eucalyptus, cypress, pine, and tonka bean so it smells a little bit more earthy, almost like you're in a forest.”

Keough got the holiday season started early this year, selling a special set of candles in collaboration with Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island that raised $6,110 to help the Make-A-Wish cause. In addition to her candles, Keough sells products from other Dot entrepreneurs, including soap bundles, apparel, Phillips Chocolate, and even plants from her upstairs neighbor. Her storefront, which she shares with Erica Newell Photography, is typically only open on Saturdays. This year, though, she added Sunday hours.

“I've been trying to increase sales, especially around the holidays. It gives other small businesses somewhere to sell their things,” Keough said. Triple Decker will also be open during the week leading up to Christmas – Dec. 21, 22, and 23 – for all last-minute gift needs. You can also shop online at tripledeckercandleco.com.

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Above, the Triple Decker Candle Co. raised more than $6,000 for Make-a-Wish of Massachusetts and Rhode Island through a promotion held in the fall.
From left George Deveney, Sr. of Make-a-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Johanna Keough of Triple Decker Candle Co., Mariama Sano and Monica Julian of Make-a-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island.



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