Peter Bahlawanian and wife Bronwen Tawse opened a Silver Lake spice emporium called Spice Station on November 17. The shop is near Sunset Junction, down an alley in a former antique furniture shop. The couple sells about 140 spices, herbs, salts, peppercorns and chilies, which are available by the ounce, quarter-pound or pound.
Leading up to opening, Bahlawanian earned a living by hosting live events. Tawse continues to conduct research for a celebrity biographer when she’s not working in Spice Station.
The entire store is constructed from reclaimed wood, and the displays are former pallets. Jars decoratively display the spices on shelves. Options include Indian Fenugreek, Argentinean coriander, Egyptian dill weed, Syrian Aleppo pepper, Indonesian nutmeg and Szechuan peppercorns.
Colorful index cards list the price, country of origin, uses and medicinal purposes, where applicable. The spices are ground free of charge, or you can take the whole pods, berries and seeds to go.
The couple plans to host weekend events on the brick-lined patio, which features a trellis and goldfish fountain. They’ll have cooking demos involving spices and catering chef Anahid Boghosian.
In May 2010, a second location opened in Santa Monica on Main street. Plans are in the works to continue opening Stations all across the country and Canada.
” Every neighborhood should have access to purchasing the highest quality product at affordable prices. Our goal now is to facilitate this process.”