Tell us about your business.I have always loved to cook (and eat)--or is that... eat (and cook)? I started Portland Spice Co. a popular spice and international grocery store at the former Portland Public Market in Portland Maine--in the late 1990's to explore cooking, food, spices, family food traditions, etc. It was so much fun! But, I started Portland Spice when I was young. And, after being in business for several years, when the Portland Public Market closed, I decided to leave the business to explore new avenues of interest--Including; getting married; receiving a Masters; working as a deckhand on the ferry; volunteering for a non-profit; and adopting a comic yellow lab! I learned that I missed the total sensory experience of creating spice blends...the smells, textures, flavors, colors-everything! So, I created ReginaSpices to share some of my favorite old & new blends. I hope the spices inspire busy people to cook fun & tasty meals.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.I grind, blend, and package at The Woodfords Club (a social club established in 1913) in Portland, Maine. I wanted to find a commercial kitchen that I could share with other businesses. I noticed that the Club was hosting many interesting events and sharing its space with a dance studio. I gave them a call and now I am so pleased to be able to use their totally retro kitchen each week!
What inspires you?I LOVE to eat. And, I love to eat all kinds of food. I guess its that simple!!
What makes your business stand out?ReginaSpices blends are unique and addictive.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Go for it! Stick to it!
What does American Made mean to you?Buying American Made means taking control of our economic future and Buying American Made means supporting our local communities.
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