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.
You can buy 9-tin gift sets ($45-75) in options that include salt, chilies and starter spices. Spice Station is currently selling a Holiday set that contains bay leaves, green cardamom, juniper berries, cinnamon chips, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, anise and allspice berries. This packet is designed for baking and mulling for spiced rum or cider.
They sell mortars and pestles, 15 teas from San Francisco’s Tea Fountain and rubs that cost $8-10. Consider Shawarma Rub, Magic Chicken Rub, Swimming Fish Rub and Beef Kebab Rub.
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.