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Finding a new Hollow

Candle maker moves to Sturbridge

Jed Giard of Greenfield, one of the Mole Hollow staffers who stayed with the company after the move from Shelburne Falls, dips a rack of taper candles in a vat of melted wax. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
July 25, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Nothing adds ambiance to a dining table like a slender taper illuminating guests' faces with a flickering flame, and nothing helps spruce up a town like filling a once-vacant building.

While those two concepts may generally have nothing to do with each other, they collide in aromatic and colorful harmony at Mole Hollow Candles, which recently opened the doors on its 208 Charlton Road (Route 20) factory and storefront.

The facility, formerly known as the All Star building and once considered as an alternative home for municipal offices, topped the town's list of priority development sites, according to the Sturbridge Building Department.

Other priority sites include the defunct Ames building in the Sturbridge Plaza and the former Basketville building in Fiskdale.

Designation as a priority site makes these buildings eligible for expedited permitting under the auspice of Chapter 43D of Massachusetts General Law.

Expedited permitting was not what drew former Sturbridge residents and Mole Hollow owners David and Beth Dunn to town.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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