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Looking to spice things up? The owners of The Spice & Tea Exchange want to add flavor to customers’ lives with seasonings, sugars, salts and tea.

“We cook a lot of spice, we know a lot of spice, we were raised like that,” said owner Mohammed Siddiqui.

Located on the river level of Rivercenter Mall at 849 E. Commerce St., Suite 121, The Spice & Tea Exchange held a grand opening Oct. 14.

Natives of Pakistan as well as former Houston residents, Siddiqui and his wife, Neelofer, fell in love with The Spice & Tea Exchange franchise and moved to San Antonio to open the “unique concept.”

Employee Arlene Fuentes prepares a mixture at The Spice & Tea Exchange (far left), where customers can find a variety of salts, tea, sugars and bottled seasonings (above). Photos by Collette Orquiz

Employee Arlene Fuentes prepares a mixture at The Spice & Tea Exchange (far left), where customers can find a variety of salts, tea, sugars and bottled seasonings (above). Photos by Collette Orquiz

Children Nabeel and Hibah Siddiqui also help out at the shop, which is designed in an 18th-century style.

Offering more than 140 spices, 85 hand-mixed seasoning blends, 17 naturally flavored sugars, 25 salts from around the globe and 35 exotic teas, Siddiqui said there is something for everyone at the store.

“They can choose and pick, and go home and cook for themselves, or go home and learn how to cook,” he said.

Concerned with quality, not quantity, the family backs up each purchase with a guarantee that customers will love it, Siddiqui said.

“Turnover time is not more than six months, so that’s why they’re more fresh than what you expect at the grocery store and other places,” he added.

The store also offers recipes; accessories including spice grinders, tea diffusers and pitchers; and numerous gift sets (just in time for the holidays), family members said.

Neelofor Siddiqui designed several of the gifts.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

THE SPICE & TEA EXCHANGE

849 E. Commerce St., Suite 121

For more, call 943-5525

or visit spiceandtea.com

or facebook.com/spiceandteasanantonio

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