(Last Updated 8/31/2022) Description and review of Allspicery, a one-stop spice shop located in Downtown Sacramento across from the State Capitol. NEW: See Updates below.
Allspicery fulfills the dream of Heather Wong, the winner of Sacramento’s 2015 Calling All Dreamers retail business plan competition. As the 2015 grand prize winner Heather and Allspicery received a business start-up package valued at $100,000.
Allspicery is the one and only one-stop spice shop in Sacramento. Glass jars line the walls of the compact shop which is located at 1125 11th Street, across from the L Street entrance of the State Capitol. I love the atmosphere of the shop and enjoy looking over all the wares before I make a purchase.
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With more than 200 blends, spices, herbs, chiles, salts, peppers, and sugars in stock, Allspicery offers ingredients for almost any ethnic cuisine. The Allspicery website lists ingredient availability and I counted 39 different types of chiles alone!
On my first visit to Allspicery I was “window shopping” after having lunch with a friend, but I vowed to myself that the next time I needed a specific exotic ingredient that I would return. Subsequently, I have been back several times since.
To date I have purchased an assortment of spiced salts and herbs. On my last visit I purchased some “chocolate” sugar. I am sure that I can think of a number of ways to use chocolate sugar. Two thoughts that come to mind immediately are adding it to coffee and sprinkling it on top of a dessert to make it special. If you have a great recipe that calls for chocolate sugar please share it.
Finally, a “tip”. You can call or fax in your order in advance and Heather will have it ready for you to pick up – or, order via the online store.
(8/31/2022) Good news! Wong has announced that The Allspicery will remain open under new ownership. Best wishes to her on the next phase of her life.
(8/17/2022) Heather Wong recently posted on Instagram the sad news that she is looking for a new owner for Allspicery. Read her post here. In her post Heather shares that if she in unable to find a buyer that she plans to close up shop at the end of September. I am sure that I am one of many who will be sad to see her go.
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