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May 2015 Franchisee Highlight

May 18

Meet Joy Quinn

Owner, The Spice & Tea Exchange of Alexandria, Annapolis, Rehoboth, and NOW Ocean City!


In the summer of 2009, Joy stumbled upon The Spice & Tea Exchange® of St. John’s Pass while waiting for a business colleague who was running late for dinner. While she had no intention of actually buying anything (ha!), she was quickly seduced by the sights, smells and persuasions of the owner, Lisa Coleman. Read the rest of this entry »

May 2014 Team Highlight

May 18

Meet Kelly Mayhew

Franchise Field Consultant and Tea Guru


Kelly Mayhew has been with The Spice & Tea Exchange® since April of 2013 as a Franchise Field Consultant. Many of you are familiar with Kelly and have had the pleasure of spending an exorbitant amount of time with him during new store build-outs. However, you may not know about his adventurous past prior to The Spice & Tea Exchange… Read the rest of this entry »

2015 May Calendar of Events

April 30

Learn more about what is going on in your area!


Cincinnati, OH

ENTER TO WIN A TEA PARTY – April 24th – May 10th
What a wonderful treat for Mother’s Day, with $25.00 purchase your name is entered to WIN! You choose the tea/location/date & time, invite friends/family and we deliver a Tea Party!

Lunch and lecture with samples from our Tea Bar. Presentation: The history of “the afternoon tea”. For more information:

May 11th 2:30-3:30pm– AFTERNOON TEA
For the tenants at The Barrington of Oakley. Tea bar theme: the mystery of Matcha and cooking with tea theme.

Located at 2000 Joseph Sanker Blvd. Stop by our booth for some tasty treats. For more information:

May 20th 6:00 – THIRD IN A SERIES – SUPPER CLUB at DAVEEDS in Mt Adam’s.
Join US and Chef David Cook for this fun/educational cooking class. Cost $35.00 per person, with wine pairing $50.00pp. Reservation and $25.00 deposit required, call 513.683.2665

May 29th 11-3pm SPRING FLING at Kenwood Country Club
Unique gifts from local vendors. Stop by our booth for a special gift.

Join us at our FAMOUS FREE Tea Bar, every Sunday from 1-4pm as we talk and taste TEA!
May 3 and 10 – Tea Infused Lemonade – Celebrate Mother’s Day
May 17 – White Teas
May 24 – The Mystery of Matcha
May 31 - Hibiscus Flower Teas

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Guilford, CT

May 15th- June 14th – Art Exhibition: “Teapots, Vessels, Flagons & Flasks”
Held at The Guilford Art Center, this juried exhibition will be sponsored by The Spice & Tea Exchange®. Don’t miss it!

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Red Bank, NJ

May 5 – 6:30 PM – Cinco de Mayo Celebration – Just Restaurant, Old Bridge. NJ.
Chef demonstration includes appetizer, entree, recipes using our spices. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.; dinner 7:30 p.m.

May 7- 6:30 PM – Chef Demonstration with Mimi Chang!
The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Red Bank is hosting Mimi Chang for a cooking demo and discussion of her experiences as a contestant on Food Network’s All-Star Academy. This event is sold out but be on the lookout for an announcement about a second appearance!

May 7- Until 9:00 PM – Red Bank is hosting Girls’ Night Out!
The Spice & Tea Exchange® will extend shopping hours until 9:00 p.m.

May 17 – Farmer’s Market reopens for the season on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 25- Memorial Day
The Spice & Tea Exchange® will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for your barbecue needs!

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Sarasota, FL

May 19 – 6:00 PM – Amore by Andrea
Join us for 3 tasting courses, plus a wine tasting! $32.95/person, plus tax and tip. Please RSVP by May 14th to 941-388-1411 or stop by the store!

May 24 – 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – “A Tribute to Heroes” Memorial Day Parade at Lakewood Ranch
See more at:

May 25 – 10:00 AM– Annual Sarasota Memorial Day Parade
The Memorial Day Parade starts at Main Street and Osprey Avenue
See more at:

May 25 – St. Armands Circle Military Appreciation Day
Join over 50 Circle businesses in honoring all the men and women who have served or are serving our country in the armed forces! 20% off for Veterans all weekend!

April 2015 Franchisee Highlight

April 13

Meet Andy & Gayle Barth!


The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Blowing Rock owners Andy and Gayle Barth recently celebrated their one-year anniversary on February 6, 2015! Read the rest of this entry »

April 2015 Team Member Highlight

April 13


Meet Dru Baumer!


Dru was the very first The Spice & Tea Exchange® (TSTE®) Team Member in St. Augustine, FL. She began working with The Spice & Tea Exchange® on a “We hope we can get you 20 hours this week,” basis, and her position quickly grew from there! Read the rest of this entry »

April 2015 Calendar of Events

March 30

Get involved! Learn more about what is happening at your local store…

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March 2015 Franchisee Highlight

March 13

Meet Glenn & Kim Gordon!

Glenn and Kim are The Spice & Tea Exchange®’s newest multi-unit owners and are celebrating the opening of their new store in Mount Dora, FL.

After spending the last 20+ years in sales, customer service, and management, Glenn and Kim opened their first The Spice & Tea Exchange® store in Tarpon Springs, FL in 2013. For the Gordons, this was an opportunity to work together as a family.

“For me, it provided the opportunity to leave my corporate job and become a full time business owner in which I desired to be for a long time,” Glenn commented. Kim, who served in ministry and homeschooled their children, jumped right into the role of Spice Master and several of the Gordon children followed to participate in the new family business!

What inspired you to open another store?
We realized after only 6 months in our first store that we had found not only a great business model we loved but it was something that we knew could be duplicated in other locations.

What are you most excited about with the new Mount Dora location?
We really love the Mount Dora, FL area. The whole process from finding the town and store location to now has been truly a great experience for us. The overwhelming support we’ve had to get the store open in less than a month, From The Spice & Tea Exchange® Corporate (Clay, Amy and everyone else), Vince and Jason getting the build out done in 2 weeks (by the way, they did an amazing job) and Steve & Penny and the awesome crew at the warehouse. On top of all of that, the people and other store owners in Mount Dora have been amazing as well.

What is your favorite TSTE® product?
Glenn- Backwoods on different meats for my smoker.
Kim- Florida Sunshine!

March 2015 TSTE® Team Highlight

March 13

Meet Jennifer Nicholson!


Jenni started at The Spice & Tea Exchange® in May 2013. As the Product Information Specialist, Jenni oversees the release of new products to the franchise system. She also tests and photographs our bi-monthly recipes, maintains and updates the nutrition database, adds/removes/maintains new products on our website, and helps with maintaining product information, labeling, photography, STIR postings and descriptive copywriting.

What do you like most about your job?
Not only do I enjoy what I’m doing, but I feel like my job makes a difference. My own food allergies may have felt like a hindrance to me elsewhere but they are actually a strength in my position because they help me properly and accurately label allergens as well as help me explain to guests how our products are processed and what they can safely consume with allergies. I am an advocate of natural health (Paleo, gluten-free, clean eating, etc.) in my personal life, so I feel like this also helps me understand and be able to explain some of our guest’s questions and concerns as they relate to our products.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy cooking, studying nutrition, photography, tennis, crafts, and the beach.

What’s your favorite TSTE® product?
My favorite is our Himalayan Fine Mineral Salt (although it was a close call with Cinnamon Plum Tea)!

Jenni came to The Spice & Tea Exchange® with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Food Systems and Technology with a concentration in Food Communications and a minor in Journalism. In the last five years, she has worked two internships: one for the Taste of Home (Reader’s Digest) test kitchen and another for a small firm called Foodlaunch (leading into a PR position). She also worked at both Sanwa Farmer’s Market in marketing, PR, and social media and did freelance marketing work for an organic gardening product, BugVibes™.

March 2015 Calendar of Events

March 2

What is happening in your area? Check out our store events below to find out! Read the rest of this entry »

February 2015 Calendar of Events

February 3

Learn more about what is going on in your area! Join us in the community to explore a world of flavor… Read the rest of this entry »

January 2015 Calendar of Events

January 6

Find out what is going on in your area. Check out our local listings below!


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January 17- 19 – Arts & Crafts Festival
Join us in Tarpon Springs for a weekend of activities!


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January 19 – Chef Donna Desfor
The Spice & Tea Exchange

February 9 – Chef Paul Gallo

March 2 – hef Brian Goldfarb
Touch of Italy

March 30 – Chef Betty Burleigh
Dinner is Served

April 20 – Chef Hari Cameron

Register NOW! Advanced reservations required.
Single Event $35 per person, $60 per couple.
Series 3 pack (one per person, 3 out of 5) $95
Monday evenings 6pm – 8pm


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January 11 –  “28th Anniversary Circus Ring of Fame” 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

January 17 – “Classic Antique Car Show”  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

January 24-25 –  St. Armands Winter Art Festival 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

February 17 –  “Masquerade-Mardi Gras St. Armands Style” 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


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January 16-17 – NELA Ag Show at the Ike Hamilton Center, West Monroe

January 25, Tea Talk and Tasting at The Spice & Tea Exchange!
Advance registration fee $10/per person. Call 318-388-3920 for details.

December Calendar of Events

December 1

See what is going on in your local communities:

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TSTE® Ashland, OR

A Sweet & Salty Experience!|Tuesday, December 2 | 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Taste what makes our line of smoked, infused and finishing salts unique and special.
Delight in the essence of our naturally-flavored sugars. Join us for this presentation
and leave with complimentary sweet and salty samples to take home.

Wine Tasting| Friday, December 5 | 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a wine tasting with Platt-Anderson Cellars. Winemakers Gill and Shelby take a very personal
approach to their winemaking, resulting in a high-quality wine. “I want my wines to take a person back
to some special moment in time, to a special location or an event that lingers in their memory. Wine is
meant to be savored and enjoyed. May you enjoy our wines as much as we enjoy creating them.”

Wine Tasting| Friday, December 5 | 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a wine tasting with Platt-Anderson Cellars. Winemakers Gill and Shelby take a very personal
approach to their winemaking, resulting in a high-quality wine. “I want my wines to take a person back
to some special moment in time, to a special location or an event that lingers in their memory. Wine is
meant to be savored and enjoyed. May you enjoy our wines as much as we enjoy creating them.”

Blends, Spices & Herbs, oh my! |Tuesday, December 9 | 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Meet and befriend 100+ spices and herbs! Learn how to use herbs and spices, and go
home with free spice blends, recipes and cooking ideas you’re sure to enjoy with family and friends.

Let’s Talk Tea! |Tuesday, December 16 | 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Legend has it that tea was discovered roughly 5,000 years ago by a Chinese Emperor when a single leaf
blew into his pot of boiling water. Indulge in rich stories, flavors, the art of steeping,
and discover your CreativiTEA! Tea tasting, samples and fun!

Create Your Own Gift!
Tuesday, December 23| 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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TSTE® Tarpon Springs, FL

Dec. 12 – Boat Parade – 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
There’s no place like Snowplace event FREE Christmas Fun on Tarpon Avenue from the Bayou to Ring Street. Music, Santa, Real Snow, Reindeer, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Hay Rides, Food Vendors. Capped off by the arrival of Santa in the Bayou at the Illuminated Boat Parade. Bring your letters to Santa!

Dec. 13 – Christmas Parade at Craig Park – 11:00 a.m.

Dec. 13 – Tarpons Springs Wine Walk
People purchase tickets to go from store to store to sample wines.

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TSTE® West Monroe, LA

December 6 – Christmas On The River Festival Day
Enjoy a day filled with activities while enjoying the Dancing Lights of Antique Alley, Christmas Parade, Live Music, Wagon Rides and Fireworks!!.  We will be tasting our Holiday Teas all day Hours: Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.

December 13 – Christmas On The River Kids Alley
Bring the kids out to enjoy an afternoon of fun filled activities and come inside to warm up with a cup of TSTE hot tea!  Hours: Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.

December 20 – Christmas On The River Christmas in Costume
This year’s theme is “Christmas in the Movies” so come see our creative movie themed Christmas display and costumed store merchants.  Have the kids dressed as their favorite Christmas Character and receive a “free gift”.  Hours: Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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TSTE® Red Bank, NJ

Thursday, December 12 - Join The Spice & Tea Exchange of Red Bank as we celebrate our one year anniversary!

Red Bank Holiday Open House – December 11 | 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Refreshments, Store Specials and SELFIES with SANTA!

Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt – November 28 – December 11
Visit over 40 businesses to find items inspired by the 12 days of Christmas.

Holiday Harmonies: November 29 – December 20
street musicians bring holiday tunes to Red Bank noon – 3 p.m.

Classic Horse & Wagon Rides – Every Saturday – December 20 | 1 p.m. – 5 p.m

Pictures with Santa – Through December 21 | Noon to 4 p.m. at The Galleria.

Menorah Lighting – December 17 | Red Bank Train Station at 6 p.m.


The Spice & Tea Exchange® Opens Up 38th Location in Guilford, Connecticut

November 19

New Specialty Retailer Opens in Guilford, CT


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November Calendar of Events

November 4

Visit your local The Spice & Tea Exchange® for fun events and more!

TSTE® West Monroe

Tuesday November 11th-  Veterans Day
Honoring all those who’ve served with 25% off all day!  Valid ID required.

Monday November 17th-  Ouachita Valley Branch Library Tea Talk and Tasting 11:00 – 12:00
Event is located at  601 McMillan Rd, West Monroe, LA 71291. Event is Free and Open to the Public.

Saturday November 29th-  Small Business Saturday 
Buy 5 Spice Blends, Teas or Sugars, receive 6th one FREE! Shop extended hours 9:00 – 7:00.

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 TSTE® Cincinnati

Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. – 13th annual Sycamore Arts and Crafts Show at Sycamore High School
Event will be held at 7400 Cornell Road. Stop by to purchase unique art work and local crafts from more than 190 vendors and artists. Admission is free. Visit us at our The Spice & Tea Exchange booth!

November 14-16th – Cincinnati Holiday Market and Cincy Specialty Food & Treats Show.
Visit US @ booth #367 for ALL your holiday gift giving needs.

ANY Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday in November:
Visit us in store for our Customer Appreciation Event and receive specials all month long!
30% Off Monday
20% Off Tuesday
10% Off Wednesday

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TSTE® Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs Seafood Festival
November 14th  4pm-9pm
November 15th  11am-9pm
November 16th  11am-9pm

The Seafood Festival is an annual event drawing thousands of visitors to the  historic town of Tarpon Springs. It is held on the Historic Sponge Docks along the Anclote River. The festival features delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, seafood related events, Musical Entertainment. Come join us this year for a fun filled weekend! ​

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TSTE® Bentonville

Friday, November 7 – First Friday:  Toyland in Bentonville.
Major toy brands will display their Christmas features all around the Square.

Saturday & Sunday, November 8-9 – Downtown Bentonville’s Holiday Open House. 
Join the downtown retailers for a day of fun and food.  We will be serving Tea Sips and Tasty Nibbles all day both days and will have door prizes and specials throughout the store!  Hours:  Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 22 – Lighting of the Square, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
Warm up at TSTE® with a cup of hot tea!

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TSTE® Ashland

November 4th- A Sweet & Salty Experience- 5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Taste what makes our line of smoked, infused and finishing salts unique and special. Delight in the essence of our naturally-flavored sugars. Join us for this presentation and leave with complimentary sweet and salty samples to take home.

November 7th- First Friday- 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Diana Rasmussen’s one of a kind reversible apron art (made with love and a dash of humor) is featured in a limited edition of the 2014 Bare Essence Calendar. On First Friday, meet “the calendar girls,” enjoy tea, snacks, and apron art! Purchase an apron for yourself or as a gift.

November 11th- Blend, Spices & Herbs, oh my!
Meet and befriend 100+ spices and herbs! Learn how to use herbs and spices, and go home with free spice blends, recipes and cooking ideas you’re sure to enjoy with family and friends.

November 7-9-  8th Annual Ashland Culinary Festival
At the Historic Ashland Armory- Come experience the delicious excitement as 12 outstanding local chefs compete for the title of Top Chef. Only 3 Chefs will advance to the Final Round alongside a WILD CARD Chef.

November 18th- Let’s Talk Tea!- 5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Legend has it that tea was discovered roughly 5,000 years ago by a Chinese Emperor when a single leaf blew into his pot of boiling water. Indulge in rich stories, flavors, the art of steeping, and discover your CreativiTEA! Tea tasting, samples and fun!

 November 25th- Guests Choice- Spice Talk or Tea Talk? 5:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

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TSTE® Red Bank

November 27 – Happy Thanksgiving
Our store will be closed. We wish you a wonderful celebration of food and family!

~ Holiday Celebrations in Downtown Red Bank ~

November 28 – Black Friday – Red Bank Town Tree Lighting
Black Friday kicks off holiday shopping season. Holiday Town Tree lighting and music performed by local group Holiday Express

November 29 – Shop Small Business Saturday
Downtown Red Bank offers free horse & wagon rides from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

November 29 & 30
Pictures with Santa


October 2014 Calendar of Events

October 1

What’s going on in your area? Learn more below…


The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Cincinnati


October 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – October 5, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. LAKOTA WEST ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
250 booths featuring local arts & crafts. Visit our booth #307 in the cafeteria and sample our olive oil blends. Purchase our Fall Harvest Spices and Blends and get a jump start on your holiday shopping!

October 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – 17th CITY OF WYOMING FALL FESTIVAL
JOIN US and hand-crafted artisans for a Fall Festival. Stop by our booth for scrumptious fall inspired samples, including our Pumpkin Teas. On the streets of Wyoming Avenue’s business district, vendors will be selling crafts, food, and art.

October 21, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. - Fast and Fabulous Holiday Side Dishes
FIND YOUR WAY TO FLAVOR with RITA HEIKENFELD Chef, Herbalist and Columnist
RSVP to or 513-531-7000
$30 per person. Space is limited.

October 25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.- WINTON WOODS CRAFT SHOW
Sponsored by Forest Park Women’s Club. Winton Woods High School, 1231 W. Kemper Road
October 30, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.- FUNDRAISER at HERITAGE COUNTRY CLUB – GIRL’S NIGHT OUT (AKA UGNO event)
Proceeds will benefit the Mason Food Pantry.

TEA BAR open EVERY SUNDAY, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Enjoy Fall Favorites in October!
Can’t make up your mind of what tea to get – Our “try it before you buy it” philosophy will help!

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The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Key West

October 9-13: SoMo Marathon & Half Marathon

October 17 & 18: Goombay Festival

October 17-26: 36th Annual Fantasy Fest

October 29-November 2: 23rd Annual Parrot Heads Meeting of the Minds

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The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Red Bank

Oct. 12 – 5.p.m. to 6 p.m.- Pampered Chef Demonstration
Erin Klein is coming to The Spice & Tea Exchange in Red Bank for a cooking demo, highlighting our spice blends and her products. Space is limited. Call us at 732-741-3590 to reserve your spot.

Oct. 16 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.- Red Bank Girls’ Night Out.
Town-wide shopping and dining event. Join us for some culinary treats! A portion of the nights’ proceeds will go to a breast cancer organization.

Oct. 19- The final Food & Wine Walk for the year from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The 67th Annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest begins at 1 p.m.

Oct. 20 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Tea Bar and Sampling
Come visit us at our table when we go offsite to the CPC Behavioral Healthcare’s Culinary Adventure at Trump National Golf Club, Colts Neck. We’re going to have a tea bar and samples of our mulling mix.

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The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Sarasota

October 17-  “Taste of St Armands”  5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

October 25-   “St Armands Boat Show”

October 26- “St Armands Boat Show”

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The Spice & Tea Exchange® of West Monroe

Thursday October 2nd – 5:00 – 9:00 pm- Antique Alley Art Tour
Sponsored by Antique Alley Merchant’s Association and The Ouachita River Art Gallery. Featuring Handbuilt Pottery by Betty Crouch. Bohea Tea and Cinnamon Plum Teas will be sampled. Enjoy music by The Twin City Hot Club while you stroll The Alley.

Sunday October 3rd – 2:00 – 3:00 pm- First Sunday Tea Talk and Tasting
Tasting menu includes our Fall Teas along with Colonial Stew and Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Learn how to brew a perfect cup while tasting flavors of the season. Reservations required/seating limited. $10.00/person

Friday October 17th – Sixth Annual Think Pink Tea- 10:00 – 2:00
(Note:  Booths will be closed during 12:00-1:00)
Sponsored by Glenwood Regional Medical Center. Visit our Booth at the West Monroe Convention Center. Featured Speaker is Faith Ford.