As we look back at the last 10 years, all we can say is WOW! Thank you to our incredible team, franchise family, and loyal guests who have supported our experience from the beginning!
As we reflect on ten years of growth, we thought we would take a moment to share with you how it all began…
The Spice & Tea Exchange®’s First Location
The Spice & Tea Exchange® started as a small shop on Hypolita Street in St. Augustine, Florida. If you’ve ever been to visit, the old cobblestone streets, history and beauty of the city is known to inspire artists and entrepreneurs alike. It was the perfect place to open an old-world spice shop and this is where many of our favorite and signature blends were born.
One after another, folks began to take an interest in our concept, asking “where do I find this near me?” and “how do I open one of these?” and we saw we needed to think BIG! So, we set out on a Franchising journey, quickly realizing that this would change EVERYTHING.
Starting a Franchise During an Economic Recession
We began franchising in August 2008, during the economic recession. Some might say this was NOT the best time to go into business. However, we would disagree! As we realized that guests were exchanging dining out for home-cooked meals, we found the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
Our first independently-owned and operated franchise opened in Madeira Beach, FL in December 2008. From there, we expanded across the United States, opening a location in Texas, South Carolina, and beyond!
Why Our Guests Shop – The Ultimate Foodie Experience
Since the beginning, we’ve worked to source a diverse assortment of spices, loose-leaf teas, sugars, salts, and more, to provide you quality products that rival what you’d find in the grocery store aisle– and that make life easy!
Our custom spice blends encourage creativity in the kitchen and allow our guests experiment with new and exciting recipes at home. As of recent, we’ve also added many exciting new products per feedback from guests:
- Bulk teas: your favorite teas now offered in bulk sizes!
- Your favorite teas served fresh at a tea bar near you.
- Fun new gifts: enamel pins, artisan soy candles, and more!
- An expanded health and wellness product line: sugar alternatives, organic teas & spices, and more.
Who We Are
Want to cook chicken five different ways? We’ve got you covered.
Entertaining this weekend? Browse our recipe rack!
Need a gift for mom? Let’s craft something fabulous.
Picky eaters at home? There’s a seasoning for that too!
“Creating & sharing the experience of a more flavorful life,” is the cornerstone of our business and our ongoing mission to you! Take a quick glance behind our tea bar or blending counter and you might find employees hand-mixing custom spice blends, serving up flavorful tea options, or crafting unique gifts.
Strike up a conversation with knowledgeable staff, sip tea, and share recipe ideas as you browse the store– it’s our way of providing our guests a foodie experience they’ll remember.
Through the years, we’ve experienced tremendous growth, but our mission has remained the same. We love what we do, and we love being a part of your community! And we couldn’t have done any of this without our incredible Franchise Owners whom we consider family and partners in this amazing adventure.
In 2022, we are excited to say that we will exceed 85+ locations across the United States. We are continuing to launch Tea Bars to service our amazing tea fans, and you’ll see some incredible changes coming in the next year!
With more guests making healthy, flavorful meals at home, and drinking loose-leaf tea than ever before, we are thrilled to continue to introduce our brand to new communities!
Don’t See a Location Near You?
Have you ever thought about buying a franchise/starting your own franchise? If starting a tea business, spice business, or culinary business makes your bucket list (or you have a great idea where one would thrive), we have the perfect opportunity for you! Learn more about joining our franchising family at spiceandtea.com/franchise.