Sonoma’s Plaza candle shop for sale
Dan Gallison decided it was time to retire from the candle business and his iconic Plaza storefront, The Candlestick, is now on sale for $ 175,000.
Gallison, 72, believes it to be the oldest and largest specialty candle store in California.
The Candlestick was founded by Glen Johnston and Robert Campbell in 1957 and is located first in Sausalito in the old village fair, with two additional branches in San Francisco and Santa Barbara at the same time. Gallison started working for Johnston in 1972 and bought the company in 1990.
The Candlestick has been based at 38. W. Spain St. for 22 years. Gallison cried as he spoke to the Index-Tribune about the need to sell.
“People came from all over to visit the Cheese Factory and shop at specialty stores like Candlestick,” he said. “They were so excited to see that we were still there and I was honored to see them shop here. But that gets lost in retail – specialty stores that treat their customers like guests.
He said that although the pandemic has forced him to shut down, he has a great relationship with his owners.
He described Richard and Mary Ann Cuneo as “two of the best people he has ever met”.
And he said it was an honor to have run his business there.
“The building has a long history, first as a Wells Fargo transfer station and later as a Greyhound bus depot,” he said. “It was a joy to be in this place.”
The 835 square foot interior space includes restrooms, storage and a desk, and there is employee parking behind the store.
The price includes the lease, pending owner approval, plus all inventory including candles, oil lamps, and candle holders.
Before the COVID shutdown, the store was open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The store is closed now and will remain closed until a sale takes place.
The listing agent is Tina Shone of Sothebys.