Couple opens candle shop in Luverne sur Main shopping center

Then, when suddenly faced with a lot of free time at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he and his partner, Shawna Marshall, began ramping up the production of their 100% soy-based melted candles and waxes. .

“It just started in our garage,” Marshall said with a laugh. “Now we have our candles in four different stores – they really exploded in a matter of months. “

With the success of their leisure-based business, the couple are now opening their own store in downtown Luverne. Vasshaus, which is a combination of the Swedish word for reed and the German word for house, was a word suggested by Booker – almost fluent in German – and Marshall said it sounded like the perfect combination of casualness and elegance.

So far they have developed a year round collection of 15 different scented candles and melted waxes, with 10 additional scents in their seasonal collections. All products are made from soy, which Marshall touts as clean-burning and environmentally friendly.

While Booker focuses on the science of candle making, Marshall adds creativity. She looks for scents and scent combinations and creates the mixtures, and they both pour out the candles by hand. They currently offer jarred candles in 3.5-ounce and 9-ounce glass jars, while molten wax is available for purchase in 2-ounce cans.

“As we go through the year, we’ll have bigger candles,” Marshall explained, adding that they also plan to add votive candles to their product line.

True to its goal of respecting the environment, Vasshaus Candle Co. is also planning to implement a recycling program. If people return their jars and boxes of candles, they can get a discount on their next purchase.

“We can clean everything up and reuse it,” Marshall said.

Vasshaus Candle Co. will open Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the Mall on Main, 219 E. Main St., with a groundbreaking ceremony for a three-day grand opening party that ends Saturday with door prizes, selected sales and coupon offers.

“It’s going to be a pretty impressive thing, I think,” Marshall said. “We just have a lot of work to get there.”

Their store was previously occupied by a clothing store, and Marshall said they were not only working on their store window, but also on setting up their workspace in the back.

“The location is a good size for what we want to do,” she said, adding that they would eventually like to offer candle-making classes through community education.

With two young children together – Julien, 4 and Avery, 1 – and Booker’s three children visiting for the summer – Cayden, 12, Natalya, 10 and Colton, 8 – Marshall said the store will also include a children’s corner so they can be with their children while they work.

Marshall is excited about the location, which is under the same roof as Reborn Home Furnishings.

“Our candles look great with Reborn (the merchandise),” she said. “Customers can stop at both stores. They complement each other very well. “

In addition to their retail store in Luverne, Marshall said they will continue to sell Vasshaus Candle Co. products at Serenity Gifts in Worthington, Wildflowers in Luverne, Mo ‘Than Antiques in Currie, and Haisch Pharmacy in Canton, Dakota. from South.

“It was a lot of time, it was a lot of work; it’s also a passion project, ”said Marshall. “We love it – it doesn’t feel like work when you’re doing something you love. “

Originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Marshall moved to Luverne eight years ago. She works full time at the Southwestern Mental Health Center and is a member of the Rotary Club. Booker, meanwhile, moved to Luverne six years ago from Tennessee. He works full time at Raven in Sioux Falls and also teaches at Luverne Street Music.

“We love Luverne and are happy to be a part of (the community) in this way as well,” said Marshall.

With their busy schedules, Marshall said his mother would initially help out in the store. Eventually, they hope to hire an employee.

Vasshaus Candle Co. will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Marshall warned that hours could be reduced in the first month as she rearranges her work schedule.

Elizabeth J. Harris