In 1973 two long-haired hippies, Mike Steinberg and Jeff Sugarman, opened a bulk natural food store on Somerset — the first of its kind for Ottawa. Now celebrating its 45th year of business in its familiar location in the heart of Wellington West and run by Steinberg and his family, Herb & Spice has developed into the go-to spot for all things local.
During the growing season, you’ll find one of the biggest selections of locally grown fruit and vegetables outside of the farmers’ market with more than three-quarters of the business dedicated to fresh food. Often you will find their dedicated staff visiting local farms and markets to see what’s growing and source new products from Ottawa’s vibrant small-batch maker scene.
It's hard to narrow our favourite reason for going to Herb & Spice — while we love all of the fresh greens available, our most frequent reason to stop at Herb & Spice is when we’re craving locally made chocolate.