Getting your car washed — especially this snowy, icy winter — is one of those drudgerous suburban chores. It’s no day at the beach.
Except for one alert “06880” reader, who was waiting for her car at Norwalk’s Splash, near Stew Leonard’s.
Gazing at the random goods for sale — who buys this stuff at a car wash, anyway? — she spotted candles.
The sign called them “Coastal Candles.”
Looking more closely, she saw names: Compo Beach. Old Mill Beach. And of course, each candle said “Westport, CT 06880.”
Here’s a closeup:
Each candle — “100% Soy, Small Batch, Hand Poured” — contains sand direct from (supposedly) one of our beaches. They cost $24 each.
Which raises a couple of questions:
- Why does a car wash in Norwalk sell Westport beach candles? Calf Pasture is great, and it’s right there in town.
- Can anyone take sand from a beach, hand pour it into a candle, and sell it for a handsome profit?
Let’s hope this product doesn’t get too popular. Or else Compo and Old Mill will end up like Burying Hill — a beach that vanished even without candles.