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Former Mole Hollow sold

The former Mole Hollow Candle building overlooks the Glacial Potholes in Shelburne Falls. (Recorder/Diane Broncaccio)

The former Mole Hollow Candle building overlooks the Glacial Potholes in Shelburne Falls. (Recorder/Diane Broncaccio)

SHELBURNE FALLS — The landmark grist mill that was home to the Mole Hollow Candle Co. for two decades has a new owner and a new sign: Goldthread Herbal Apothecary.

The building, owned by Mole Hollow founder Peter Curtis, was sold on Nov. 27 to the Legacy Project LLC. , in care of Erika Mehiel, according to records in the Franklin County Registry of Deeds. The building and land were sold for $748,000.

Edith Mehiel, Erika Mehiel and William Siff run the Goldthread Organic Herb Farm and Apothecary, according to the website of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture. The farm is located on South Shirkshire Road in Conway, while the apothecary was based in Florence, until recently.

The phone number for the apothecary is a “nonworking number,” according to Verizon, and Recorder emails to Gold Thread Apothecary came back with a reply message, saying the Florence location is now closed and that responses to email inquiries may be delayed during this transition.

According to a listing on the CISA website, Goldthread is a three-acre organic medicinal herb farm in Conway that cultivates over 50 different medicinal herbs and spices, which are used to make tinctures, elixirs, tea blends, essential oils and skin care products. These products were sold at the apothecary. Also, the farm offers workshops, classes and trainings.

Mary Vilbon, executive director of the Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, said she met Edith and Erika Mehiel a few months ago but does not know their plans for the building, which abuts the Glacial Potholes. “I think they are taking their time and being thoughtful with what they want to do,” she said.

The 10,000-square-foot grist mill was built in 1840. Between its earliest grain-grinding years and its conversion to a candle factory and shop, the building has also been a sweater factory, banjo factory and telephone repair building.

As a candle shop, Mole Hollow Candle was a prominent stop for visitors who came to view the Glacial Potholes, one of the village’s premier tourist attractions. The windows on the upper-level store have some of the best views of the waterfall.

In 2005, Curtis sold the candle company, but retained ownership of the building. In January 2010, Mole Hollow Candle Co. moved out of the mill and into Sturbridge Village. Since then, the vacant building has been for sale.

You can reach Diane Broncaccio at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 277

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