Who Are We?
The Herb & Spice Shop is located at 375 Bank Street, and has been a feature of Ottawa's Centretown for over 40 years. We were one of the first natural food shops in Ottawa, and have enjoyed servicing and growing with our customers.
Some of our baby boomer friends may still remember the old days: shopping for produce and bulk with confidence in the old aisles. It was fun!
What made us unique back then? We were different. We offered products other stores did not carry, providing our customers with environmentally friendly alternatives before being eco-conscious was the thing to do.
Our customers have been, and always will be, the most important part of our store. Many of our regulars had started moving away from mainstream consumerism and needed a store that understood them. They needed a place that allowed them to discover and try new products: a place that would evolve with their needs and demands and grow with their expanding consciousness of what community and real food is all about.
Of course all this may be a bit of a romantic view of the past, but it was what we were about then. Nowadays we are still going strong, growing with,and adapting to the needs of our Centretown community. We are now well known across Ottawa and Gatineau for our wide range of available products.
What was true then and is still true now: the audacity of our owners.
In 2013 we expanded across the street to 380 Bank Street, offering a whole new selection of supplements and natural beauty products. This addition is known as the Herb & Spice Wellness Shop, and has brought us into the lives of a whole new client base. The expansion is ongoing, with the Wellness Shop now occupying two storefronts and offering a complete selection of medicinal herbs, homeopathic medicines, aromatherapy tools, personal care items, and even some cool yoga wear!
And of course, we can't forget the debut of the new Herb & Spice Online. We are proud to now have a true online presence, and we are excited for all the projects that lie ahead!
Today, the Herb & Spice caters to a whole range of people with different diets and special needs, including plant-based diets (vegans and vegetarians), gluten-free diets, raw food diets, diabetics, and everyone in between. We are proud of our wide range of organic, fair-trade, and locally-made products. Across the street at the Wellness Shop, an amazing selection of medicinal herbs, supplements, bathroom products, incense, candles, and more can be found - all selected with the ethically-conscious consumer in mind.
We have very active Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as a website that is currently under construction. Our Wellness Shop regularly hosts seminars on the topics of holistic health and the natural products available in store. We strive to continue to keep up-to-date with emerging trends in health food and natural products, while continuing to offer the timeless classics that we have relied on for decades.
Our staff are the soul of Herb & Spice- they choose to work here because they want to help create a healthier and more sustainable way of life for everyone. Without their knowledge and perseverance, we wouldn't be where we are today.