I’ve read all about Penzeys at my fellow bloggers’ sites. And everyone RAVES about them for their great spices and whatnot. I checked them out online and was impressed with the prices so I intended on ordering, but hadn’t gotten around to it yet.
You can imagine my pleasure and surprise recently when I was driving in Norwalk, Conn., on my way to the bank and I saw – in the brick and mortar – a Penzeys staring me down. It was before they were open so I couldn’t stop right then, but I made a mental note to drop in on my way home that night just to check it out.
Did I go back? You bet your sweet kettle I did!
I didn’t plan on buying much. Really. But there I was, surrounded by seasonings and spices that met my every need. I couldn’t resist the temptation and began filling my basket with little jars. Yes, I was seduced by the spices . . .
One of the best things about the store though was the staff, who were so friendly and helpful. Having worked in the retail industry for more years than I care to remember, I really appreciate a store associate who takes the time to ask NICELY if you need her and one who smiles. A smile goes a very long way.
In any case, here’s the swag:
So far, we’ve used the mulling spices in hot cider (mmmmmm!), the crystallized ginger in cranberry chutney (mmmmmmm!) and the Chicago Steak Seasoning on steak (triple mmmmmm!). I can definitely see what all the fuss is about.