Passionate about food, St. Louis native Chris Poulos opened The Spice Agent in downtown Branson, Missouri, in 2011. Inspired by his favorite high-end specialty grocer in Chicago, mingling aromas fill Poulos’ store, where the walls are lined with richly colored jars and packets of spices.
Poulos also makes his own rubs, dry brines and spice blends. He sells 25 types of sea salt (including truffle- and bacon-flavored) and more than 70 seasonings and custom blends, alongside more than 100 spices. Loose-leaf tea and an array of flavored honeys, such as pumpkin spice and habanero, are also sold at The Spice Agent.
Use a drizzle of the habanero-flavored honey to add a spicy-sweet kick to glazed carrots – Poulos is always happy to offer recipe suggestions for his products.
The Spice Agent, 212 S. Commercial St., Branson, Missouri, 417.544.1905, thespiceagent.com