I can't let this weekend pass without saying a big huge THANK YOU to those of you who have supported SpiceTopia over the years!!
Four years ago I made the crazy decision to try my skill and luck at business ownership. At that time, SpiceTopia was closing after less than a year in business under the original owner. I was 23, a new mom and very naive as to what it would take to run a business. At 5AM while feeding my infant son, I made the decision to liquidate the remaining inventory (on Facebook...!) and somehow managed to make it work! These past four years have been so challenging and rewarding.
So many people lifted me and contributed to the success of Spicetopia. I've experienced so many amazing blessings, including being named 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Woman Business Owners VC, and winning the Wells Fargo Works competition... including $26,000!!!!!! Most recently, Aric joined me as a partner in SpiceTopia and runs the day to day operations. Oh, and we have the best staff on planet earth!
Of course, it hasn't all been a walk in the park. In 2014, my son was diagnosed with Autism right before the holidays. That was probably the only point that I wasn't sure about the future of SpiceTopia. We got through, because YOU were there shopping and supporting. You were there with your online reviews and telling all your friends about the store. Even when I had to take a step away, and get a "real" job to sustain my family obligations, your support never wavered. Thank you.
Today, we support over 40 local purveyors and source 90% of our spices and teas from co-ops. We have hundreds of spices and teas! Our selection is unlike anything you can find for hundreds of miles. All of our locally made jams and sauces can be sampled in store. We take pride in the experience that we create for you, every single visit.
We are also very proud of our non-profit contributions! This fall, we will have our 5th annual Casa Pacifica giving tree, and we look forward to being the official box pick up location for Toys For Tots Ventura County for the 2nd year.
Ventura, thank you for making my dreams reality. Come in this week (Monday-Friday from 10AM-8PM) and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to SpiceTopia for 20% off your purchase!