Hello and welcome to Topanga Mercantile!

 
 

Tom is from Morristown, New Jersey. The place from where all the cool, solid, stand up people hail.

 

After college, Tom ended up in Colorado thoroughly enjoying his life as a ski bum. Ah, the joys of youth! Along the way, he fell head first into the candle biz. That lucky day has propelled his love of candles and the art of crafting them until even now, over twenty years later. He eventually got sick and tired of being cold and destroying his knees skiing so he packed up shop and ventured out to the Wild Wild West ~ to the sandy beaches of beautiful, sunny California.

Photo by Vivica Schwartz

Dinah grew up in Los Angeles, where all angels are born. She was sixteen when she decided to run away to Paris and finish high school. Her mother, THE Cloris Leachman seemed to think it was enough of a swell idea that she let her go. Ah. The fabulous decades of absolutely no parental presence! Not her fault. Dinah finished high school and for the next 20 years on and off, she lived in various, fabulous places around the world. Along the way, she learned to speak four languages fluently which, other than making her look super awesome at a foreign restaurant, is of no use to her.

Then one day, it happened. Did you hear it? The sonic boom that brought Tom and Dinah together.

They have been unable to extricate themselves one from the other, which as it turns out, is a very good thing. It’s the whole soulmate connection. Opposites attract, as it were.

Dinah came from a highly creative, boundary free upbringing while Tom rose from structure and a firm belief in Catholicism. Tom is a Republican, Dinah, a Democrat. Dinah believes in the Universe. Tom believes in the hard facts. Dinah loves to shop. Tom would rather shoot himself. Dinah loves great food or she won’t eat it. Tom is part of the, “Clean Plate Club”. Dinah is always cold. Tom is always too hot. Dinah says whatever is on her mind. Tom can think for days before speaking. Tom loves The Grateful Dead. Dinah loves Django Reinhardt. Tom can fix anything. Dinah can fix broken hearts. 

Dinah has an incredible attention to detail. So does Tom.

Dinah loves Handsome Tom. Tom loves Darling Dinah.

This antique tin features a painting of Queen Elizabeth surrounded by a raised ornamental pattern in white and gold.  Remove the lid and you find a hand-poured, lightly-scented soy and palm oil candle nested inside. More than a candle…a cherished keepsake.

This antique tin features a painting of Queen Elizabeth surrounded by a raised ornamental pattern in white and gold.  Remove the lid and you find a hand-poured, lightly-scented soy and palm oil candle nested inside. More than a candle…a cherished keepsake.

 

Her Yin, His Yang.

That, is what makes their company so incredible. They constantly challenge and inspire each other to be the best, do the best and make the very finest products they possibly can. Dinah and Tom individually and together bring out the best in each other and they don’t accept anything less ~ they can’t help it.

Kick back. Indulge in the best.

We look forward to illuminating you ~

Topanga Candle Company

Topanga Candle Company Featured On Celebrity Wife Swap

Tom, Dinah and of course Cloris Leachman on Season 4 of Celebrity Wife Swap. F*n hilarious, a must watch!

TOM TEACHING CANDLE MAKING TO SHIMON, THE JUSTIN BIEBER OF JAPAN.

2014年10月22日に大倉士門くんが訪れたLAの山奥にあるトパンガキャンドル工房にて。キャンドルの作り方を学ぶ士門くん。