Yankee Candle Company is the largest manufacturer of U.S. made scented candles. Its flagship store in South Deerfield, Massachusetts features 400,00 Yankee Candles in more than 200 different famous Yankee scents. You will also find home accessories, New England crafts, gifts and collectibles, a toy shop, picnic grounds and a “Bavarian Christmas Village” filled with decorated Christmas trees and a toy train that runs through to Santa’s Workshop. Visitors can make their own candles, which is fun for any age, and there is also a candle making museum. The shop’s award-winning Chandler’s Tavern serves American cuisine and fine wines.Yankee Candle Company began in South Hadley, Massachusetts when Michael Kittredge created his first scented candle Christmas, 1969, from melted crayons as a gift for his mother. Neighbors became interested, and Kittredge began producing the candles in larger quantities. The company itself was founded with help from Kittredge’s high school friends, Donald MacIver and Susan Obremski. MacIver helped to fund the business with earnings from his part-time job. Obremski’s invention of a turntable taper wheel doubled production and decreased labor needs. In 1975, she managed the first Yankee Candle Shop located where the Village Commons, South Hadley now stands. The company slowly expanded and moved to South Deerfield in 1983. Located at 25 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield, MA. Call for more information: 800-243-1776.Shop in the world’s largest candle store. At Yankee Candle Company, you can wander through the Bavarian Christmas Village and visit Santa’s Toy Factory. Dip your own candles or visit the Candlemaking Museum. Enjoy fine dining at Chandler’s Restaurant. Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas, 9:30-6 (w/extended holiday hours). Call 877-636-7707.Yankee Magazine April 2002
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