An impromptu meeting at the Fresh Market Gourmet food store, recently became the occasion for an improbable introduction to one of Grand Rapids Best Spice Selections. I struck up a conversation with a fellow shopper who shared her passion for the Penzeys Spice Collection. After 30 minutes in engaged discussion, I determined that I would have to seek out this shop.
Passion is a great way to describe how Penzeys Spices customers feel about this shop. You may actually miss the store, currently located in a small mini outlet mall close to Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Over the past 5 years, the customer base has grown largely by word of mouth. And folks have been attracted to the shop like I was…because someone raved about it.
From the moment you step into the shop, you know that service is an important part of this family business. I had the opportunity to talk extensively with Michelle, the Store Manager. They are preparing to move into a larger space on the northwest corridor of Alpine and 3 Mile later in the year. The New Address will be 3150 Alpine, Comstock Park, MI in the Greenridge Square Shopping Mall. The new location will greatly increase their space and the decor will be modeled to resemble a country kitchen.
The Midwest is generally not known for adventuresome tastes when it comes to unfamiliar spices, but there is an emerging renaissance in Grand Rapids as a number of new restaurants and their chefs have added a more cosmopolitan flair to their menu offerings.
Variety is what sets Penzeys Spices apart. For instance, there are 4 different kinds of cinnamon, and an extensive array of different sea salts and peppercorns. You will enjoy savoring the aromatic selection of curry flavorings and all sorts of spice blends which are custom blends, unique to Penseys. It’s the sort of place in which you could spend hours. And what’s great is that the staff are knowledgable and willing to help you find that perfect match for your recipe.
It’s that family, service oriented feeling that propelled Bill & Ruth Penzey Sr. when they started their first store 52 years ago. Today, there are stores in at least 24 different states! In addition to their instore offerings, Penzeys Spices has a marvelous catalog loaded with recipes to try out.
Now, for the best news! These spices are amongst the freshest smelling creations that I’ve ever sampled. And…you can sample and sniff to your heart’s content in the store. And…their prices are Excellent! They sell most spices in a variety of sizes, so if you’re not sure about something, you can just pick up a small sample and try it without being out a lot of cash.
If you’d like to check out the store, it’s located at 2901 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Telephone number: 616-954-7077. Tell Michelle you heard about them online at Grand Rapids Real Estate Musings…