When David Lucier got the idea for opening a new store in Claremont, NH, he sought advice from NH SBDC advisors, who helped him conceptualize the idea and gave him confidence that it would work. His vision was a store selling high quality spices from around the world in an attractive retail setting.
With NH SBDC advisors, Dave worked out a promotional plan, including the use of social media and the Internet. All that was back in 2011. Claremont Spice and Dry Goods opened for business in December of that year.
Now in 2014, he’s thinking of expanding the line of spices and blends that has some of the state’s best restaurants and steady customers coming in his door. One of them is Revolution Cantina, a Mexican restaurant in Claremont. David and his store provide several customized spice blends for this award-winning restaurant’s best dishes.
Claremont Spice & Dry Goods is now offering more than 190 different spices and blends, with more added every day. David runs the shop with his wife, Ingrid, and says sales have increased steadily over the past two years. He’s been working with NH SBDC business advisor Rich Grogan, of the Keene office, on expansion ideas and says those plans are currently being solidified.