The store is located near the Accipiter and the Flying Biscuit Cafe, facing Clark Street. The layout is simple and easy to navigate with a 1950s faux kitchen in the back that displays the baking spices and ingredients. Most of the spices can be purchased in 1 oz. and 2 oz. glass jars (1/4 and 1/2 cup) or 4 oz bags. Sample jars were available for sniffing (sorry, no taste tests that I saw). The best bang for your buck seems to be the 4 oz bags. For instance, a 4 oz. bag of the Italian Vinaigrette dressing blend, which comes with instructions on how to add the dry spice mix to oil, water and vinegar for your own homemade dressing, cost $4.59. There's a similar product at the grocery store called Good Seasons Italian Dressing that will cost you $1.85 for a single .07 oz. packet. So in that way, the spices can really save you money. Of course, items like real double-proof vanilla are going to cost you more than the imitation stuff. I particularly loved the high quality baking spices and the herb blends, which I plan to use on all the veggies we're eating this summer.
If you're in the area and have the kids in tow, think about stopping by real quick at Penzey's anyway, depending on the age of your kids. I left my two-year-old at home,but the staff encouraged me to bring him next time. They do have a cute pirate ship area where the kids can color picture. However, imagine crate after crate of glass jars and bags of spices all at toddler eye level. Yikes. I think I'll keep my Penzey's trips all to myself for now.