With over 70 franchise stores across the U.S., The Spice & Tea Exchange has made an impact on the nation’s home chef since 2008, providing guests with 140 spices — 85 exclusive hand-mixed blends — over 40 exotic teas, naturally flavored sugars, salts from around the world, gourmet gifts and accessories. It sounds exactly like what we needed. Now we have one in Fairhope!
Open since November to local owners Rachael and Eric Knoll, the new business is getting ready to celebrate it’s official, week-long grand opening beginning Monday, March 9. Attendees can expect to taste test samplings of spice blends and teas found in the store, as well as delicious appetizers and cocktails. Any purchase over $35 gets you a free mini grinder bottle of the Florida Sunshine Blend. City officials and members of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce will be on-site for a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m.
There is no need to wait. Visit the store now at 323 De La Mare Ave., open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, visit spiceandtea.com/fairhope or call 251-219-0339.
KISS meets the Phantom of the Casino
Get ready to rock and roll all night and party every day as legendary rockers KISS roll into Biloxi to promote their in-the-works casino. Founding members of the band, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who are partial owners of Rock & Brews restaurants, hotels and now casinos, signed a letter of intent with developers to build a new hotel and other amenities at the site of the former Margaritaville Casino, which has been closed since 2014. We should be on the lookout for a 40,000-square-foot casino, fine dining restaurant, swimming pool, concert venue and 300-room hotel in the near future.
In town March 15 for a concert at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, frontman Stanley is said to be taking part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony that afternoon, time to be determined.
ACS Chili Cook-Off this Saturday
Don’t miss the 31 Annual American Cancer Society Chili Cook-Off this Saturday, March 7. This favorite event is full of everything Mobile and runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Imagine four hours of fun with live entertainment and teams going head-to-head to take home the gold at Mardi Gras Park. Tickets are $10 online through March 6, and $15 at the gate. Check out acsmobile.ejoinme.org for more information.
Local heroes among James Beard nominees
Congratulations are in order to some of our local guys nominated for James Beard Foundation Awards. It’s no big deal, right? If you haven’t been to Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina, you owe it to yourself to go upstairs and see Bill Briand. His stock is still climbing.
There is also a little fella in downtown Mobile named Duane Nutter who puts smiles on the faces that enter Southern National. Both of these guys are nominated for Best Chef: South. It’s an honor to be nominated, but we want both of you to win!
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