About Us

About Hill Valley Candles

Opened on December 3, 2021, Hill Valley Candles is located in the heart of historic Kingston’s Uptown neighborhood. We offer a huge selection of beeswax, scented and unscented candles. Many of our favorites are made in the store, right in front of your eyes! 

Shopping at Hill Valley Candles is an experience.

Uptown Kingston

Kingston’s Uptown neighborhood is where visitors will find many fine examples of America’s early colonial history.  The first permanent settlement was built in 1652.  Governor Stuyvesant ordered the original stockade built in 1658 to protect the early settlers from local Indian attacks.  Originally called Wiltwyck, Uptown Kingston is the largest remaining example of early Dutch settlement in New York State.  In 1777, Uptown Kingston’s Senate House is where the first capital of New York was established, and visitors can explore many historic sites and museums that represent that era.

Uptown Kingston today is a thriving neighborhood with many shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, music venues, farmers’ markets, festivals and more. Just ask any of us at Hill Valley Candles where to eat, get coffee, find a craft beer, discover other amazing shopping businesses, or experience the surrounding natural beauty.  

 Business Hours:

Sunday: 11-5pm
Monday: 11-5pm
uesday: CLOSED
Wed-Thu.: 12-6pm
Friday: 11-6pm
Saturday: 10-6pm

Owner and Chief Chandler

Hill Valley Candles was created by Woodstock native/Kingston resident Paul Rakov, the third generation of his family to call Kingston home. In the early 2000s, he worked with a local candle making and retailing business where he learned many unique methods for producing beautiful candles. He’s also used his experience of operating a candle  retail business to create a warm, inviting, and FUN atmosphere for Hill Valley Candle customers. 

“I really want this store to be for locals AND visitors alike. My goal is to create a business where a child can get an inexpensive but beautiful gift for a loved one while adults can find the perfect tapers, pillars or scented jars to accent their home and occasions. And that they have a lot of fun while shopping for those things!”

Did You Know…

…that the proper title for a candlemaker is a “Chandler?”

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