Tucked away on downtown Watertown’s Franklin Street is Maua Home Décor and More, one of the area’s locally and independently owned home décor stores, featuring homemade candles, bath and body products, silk floral arrangements, and many other decorations to add beauty to a home.
Maua is Swahili for flower. Jasmine Gigas, owner of Maua, wanted to name the store something unique that would inspire her customers, much like the products inside the store.
Gigas began making silk floral arrangements, which she now features in her store, 15 years ago with her mother. These arrangements inspired Gigas and her husband, Michael, to start making candles that would complement the uniqueness and beauty of the flowers.
“We got the idea from our Rose Pineapple arrangement,” Gigas explained, “we’ve come a long way since our first candle, which we gave to a neighbor, and it didn’t light at all.”
Gigas and her husband have added 50 candle scents to the selection at Maua since they began making the 100-percent soy candles about four months ago. They researched the best techniques to create soy candles and have come up with a method that works for them.
“It’s a relaxing experience [making the candles],” Gigas said. “It’s our time.”
Maua Home Décor will close its Franklin Street doors on September 18, 2015. However, Gigas plans to keep her business going online and maintain a presence at local festivals and markets, including the Black River Fall Fest on September 12, 2015 and the weekly Watertown Farmer’s Market.
In addition to the silk floral arrangements and homemade candles, Gigas also creates a line of goat milk-and-honey-based lotions and aloe vera-based body washes. Gigas also sells other home décor items and repurposed furniture, including handmade throw pillows; local artwork; old world map and antique books; and wine racks.
“We create the candles [and many other products] 100-percent from scratch,” Gigas said. “Everything is quality and made with care.”
Maua Home Décor and More is located at 210 Franklin Street until September 18 or online at www.mauahome.com.