Salem’s West India Goods Store

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Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

Ya know, you can find treasure in the most unexpected places. For example, I never would have guessed that this small shop in Salem, Massachusetts would have some of the freshest—and most economically priced—spices around Boston.

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

You all know I’m a Penzey’s devotee, but when I’m up on the North Shore, I’ll definitely be hitting the West India Goods Store, as well.

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

I’m not sure how they do it, but their prices are amazing and the quality of their spices is top notch.

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

About Salem, Massachusetts

Let me back up for a sec before we go inside the shop.

So the West India Goods Store is located in Salem, MA—a.k.a. Witch City—which is about a 20-minute drive north of Boston. The town is the home to the Witch Trials of 1692.

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

It’s right down the road from the House of Seven Gables.

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

Salem is full of lots of beautiful, historic homes. If you go for a visit, definitely take a walking tour. Any architecture or history buff will be absolutely tickled pink by the sights.

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

Click here for a more detailed peek right around Halloween, when the town is in its prime.

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

The West India Goods Store is located at 164 Derby Street, near Pickering Wharf.

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

Inside Salem’s West India Goods Store

When you step inside the shop, it’s absolutely packed to the gills with all sorts of sweet and savory treasures. The center table is covered with packages of fragrant coffee and loose tea.

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

The wall to the left is lined with dozens of orderly little boxes, each stuffed with packets of fresh ground or whole spices.

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

I bought a handful of spices I needed for my recent adventure making quick, fresh pickles (no canning required!).

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

There are displays of books about the local area and its history.

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

And a really good selection of gifts and other goods.

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

And, of course, a few jars of penny candy.

Salem Spice Shop at The Hungry Mouse

The Mouse House is relocating to the Salem later on this month. This is just one of many articles to come on Witch City’s secret culinary treasures.

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, thanks for the heads up! I have driven by there many times, but I guess always assumed it was a touristy place and never stopped in. Will have to check it out now.
  2. that is a dream! I wish we had something like that here. I love to stock up on spices but everything is so darn expensive! Salem looks like a great place to live at :) Good luck with your move!
  3. WOW! That store looks amazing, I have to make sure I check it out the next time I'm in the Boston area! The first time we visited Boston, we actually stayed in Salem, but I never looked around. There's something creepy about a town that's famous for using excuses, not the last of which being religious intolerance, to burn people at the stake. I somehow didn't find that tidbit charming, so I told dh I didn't really want to walk around ;-) Hey, I'm Italian, superstition is in my DNA, no matter how hard I may try to fight it ;-)
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  5. Thanks for the post. I have lived around Salem for years. But just moved here two weeks ago. I have seen this store but never went in. I will now! Look at those prices!! :)

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