North Bend Seeking Candlestick Maker to Complete Nursery Rhyme Trifecta

Now that Falling River Meats has opened its doors, North Bend is urgently seeking a candlestick maker to join the butcher and baker as the “third and final piece of the nursery rhyme trifeca”.

The fanciful idea came about after North Bend resident Mary Jones sang her daughter the classic nursery rhyme “Rub-A-Dub Dub” one night before bedtime.  “I wondered whether there was any truth behind the words or if they were simply a made-up story meant for children,” Mary recalled. “After online research, I was still unclear.” It was then that Mary decided to approach members of the City of North Bend government and local businesses about her ambitious idea.

After hearing her idea, the North Bend City Council started pursuing completion of the trifecta, as “it would be a great way to bring people together from all walks of life, while also celebrating our community's rich history.”  In order to ensure long-term success for a candlestick business, the city is seeking someone who also has traditional retail experience.

It seems clear that Snoqualmie Valley residents are overwhelmingly supportive of initiative.  Tom Williams of Si View expressed his excitement, saying he remembered singing songs and nursery rhymes growing up along with other neighborhood friends during summer days spent playing outside before heading home at dinner time when the dinner bell rang. He went on to say how nostalgic the nursery rhyme made him feel even though hadn't heard it decades prior to our interview.

The Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce seems to think the draw could extend beyond just the Snoqualmie Valley.  Director Jaydan Miles admitted, “we all know that children and teenagers love spending time on TikTok and Facebook – this could give our kids another local, fun activity in their community – just think – they can live a real-life nursery rhyme!  But I also think it could really draw people to our beautiful city.”

In what could be North Bend’s next big attraction, Volition Brewing has already tested out a weekly event called “Rub-A-Dub-Tub Tuesdays”, where up to three customers can rent out a barrel hot tub that has been placed outside the establishment, with options for bathing, enjoying a cold brew from their vast selection on-tap, or a combination of the two.  Falling River Meats has started testing out a similar idea, but has only procured a one-person tub at this time.

"Rub-A-Dub-Dub" is a famous English language nursery rhyme that was first published at the end of the 18th century.