In Lincoln Square, foodies and novice cooks alike can now find over 400 dried herbs and spices all under the same roof: at Savory Spice Shop , at 4753 N Lincoln.
The store opened Sept. 14, the second location in Illinois, and has found a welcoming vibe in the neighborhood, said owner David Trout.
“We’ve had hundreds of people in, maybe thousands by now,” said Trout.
A Chicago native, Trout lived in the neighborhood for six years before opening the store. He now commutes from the suburbs, where he lives with his wife and child, but he said he knew Lincoln Square was the right neighborhood for Savory Spice.
“You can get anything you want in Lincoln Square for an amazing dinner,” he said, citing places like the Chopping Block, Gene’s Sausage Shop, and Provenance, where customers could purchase the cookware, ingredients, and wine for a locally-purchased gourmet meal.
He said he’d love to move back to the area, and not just to be closer to the store.
“I really enjoyed it here, and it’s even busier now,” Trout said.
The store features many gift packs, such as a popcorn topping set, some organic-only products, and 170 different hand-crafted seasonings.
Trout’s favorite item in the store is a Jamaican jerk seasoning, which he said he uses regularly in his own cooking.
A spice can last between six-to-nine months once ground, and a couple of years as a whole spice, Trout said, in order to get its peak flavor. At the store, customers can try items before purchasing them, and can purchase spices in any quantity.
“You should be able to taste before you buy, and [custom quantities] help you better manage your pantry and keep spices fresh,” he said.
Trout feels any customer walking in the door can find something of interest without fear of feeling overwhelmed.
“There really is something for everybody no matter what level of cook you are,” he said.