Taos Mountain Candles & Gifts
on the Historic Taos Plaza
Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Northern New Mexico, Taos is home to many artistans and craft people. It is a melting pot of native Americans from the Taos Pueblo, spanish heritage, (spaniards, conquistadores), old time hippies and many other creative people.
Taos Mountain Candles is owned and operated by Cindy Maestas, a local gal who was determined to find a way to make a living through crafts. This would allow her to live in this majestic area of high desert, giving her the ability to enjoy theTaos Ski Valley, Taos gorge bridge, museums like the Kit Carson House, Hardwood Foundation, Millicent Rogers Museum, the Ranchos de Asis church, Ojo Caliente, Taos Pueblo, the historic Taos Plaza, and much more.
Starting the candle business in her laundry room 30 years ago, while pregnant with her first child, Cindy's hard work grew into Taos Mountain Candles, now located on the way to the Taos gorge bridge in a 3000 square foot design center and candlemaking facility. When you are in the area come in and watch them make theirr exclusive desert scented, slow burning candles! There is also have a gift shop on site.
Beautiful, Fragrant, Slow Burning Candles
Cindy and her staff are committed to hand-make high quality, beautiful aromatic candles that burn sl;owly, and are unique to the southwest. All of the scents are named after items in the southwest, such as Indian fry bread which is the most popular scent. Other favorites include Pinon, which is derived from the indigenous pinon trees, as well as sage, cedar and cactus flower! Turquoise trail, desert breeze, mountain rain, and SantaFe spice are a few of the other scents available. Candle colors are taken from the stunning landscape and sunsets of the Southwest.
Fetish bears are also poured into candles, which represent strength. They are adorned with turquoise stones, red willow and arrowheads. Fetish candles make a wonderful gift for your loved ones or yourself! A new line of candles are hand engraved with any item imaginable, such as kokopellis, lizards, fetish bears, elk, wild flowers, native feathers, skiers and much more! After pouring the candles, much time is dedicated to decorating them with ribbons, conchos, turquoise stones and leather.
Cindy and staff also makes chile ristras out of candles. The bright red color is sure to warm up any room in your home! When your ready to burn one, just snip if off the ristra, place in a candle holder and enjoy!
Taos Mountain Candles is a wholesale company as well as retail. Taos Mountain Candles has two locations on Taos Plaza, the first is at 102 W Plaza on the NW corner of the plaza. There you will not only find the best burning and best scented candles, but many other wonderful gifts and sundries as well, such as ceramic mugs and tiles, shotglasses, great T shirts, kids toys, chili wind chimes, and much more ... there is pretty much something for everyone and every age group.
Lovely Apparel and Accessories
Taos Mountain Candles also has a wide selection of unique women's clothing at very moderate prices. In the summertime you will also find a nice selection of jeweled sandals that are not only beautiful but comfortable, and they carry warm cozy boots in the winter! The jewelry counter is filled with treasures of amber, turquoise, coral, opal and many other stones set in sterling silver earrings, pendants, bracelets and rings. There is also a line of wood and turquoise inlaid knives, belt buckles and key chains hand made by a local artist.
Most of this jewelry comes from Native pueblos from as far away as Gallup, NM (on the border of New mexico and Arizona near Albuquerque.) and as close as Taos Pueblo. And for those who want the style of Southwest jewelry designed for a more modest budget, Taos Mountain Candles stocks a wide variety of fashion jewelry to choose from.
The second location is at 127 N Plaza. This is Taos Mountain Candles' newest venture! The building was just renovated; the original wood floors are just beautiful, but they still have the character of old Taos, with squeaks to accompany your footsteps! Locals as well as visitors love the sound of the squeaking wood floors, which remind them of times gone by. At both locations you will find the staff helpful, friendly, and happy to help you find just the right gift for yourself or your loved ones. The store also carries numerous lines of larger women's clothing as well as a line of children's clothing, and unique displays of fashion jewelry at affordable pricing.
And Yummy Southwestern Gourmet Foods!
There is also a wide variety of gourmet salsas, dips, and yummy New Mexico roasted coffees. Owner Cindy Maestas is also gathering arts and crafts from other Taos women for the new store location. There are glittering glass earrings by Diana Harris, jackets made from beautiful Pendleton blankets by Susie Melanie, art on candles by Kimberly Weber and more. Cindy is adding new and beautiful locally made and crafted items all the time.
Choose from a unique and beautiful selection of home decor pieces. Sculptural crosses are always popular in Northern New Mexico, and Taos Mountain Candles has the best selection in town, so come visit us next time you're in Taos!
Taos Mountain Candles & Gifts
121C N. Taos Plaza
102 W Plaza
Taos, NM 87571
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