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A life of spice: Profile of Anne Buck of Olympia’s Buck’s Fifth Avenue

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on March 10, 2010 at 11:34 am | No Comments »
March 10, 2010 11:36 am

Pictured here is Anne Buck, of Buck's Fifth Avenue spice store in Olympia. Steve Bloom/staff photographer

Anne Buck doesn’t consider herself a foodie, even though her Olympia spice store, Buck’s Fifth Avenue, is deeply important to people who cook for fun and profession.

She balks at the title of businesswoman. She thinks of herself as an innovator. “I saw a need and I filled it,” said Buck, who has owned and operated Buck’s in downtown Olympia since 1973.

It’s a one-of-a-kind store in the region: a shop devoted to spices, and nothing else, save for a few kitchen implements.

Read my full profile here
of Anne Buck and her wonderfully original spice store in Olympia. The story published in today’s SoundLife section.

Since discovering Buck’s shop in downtown Olympia, I’ve made cinnamon ice cream from Saigon cinnamon Buck recommended to me. I made caramels with grains of paradise sprinkled on top. And I have a crazy idea to make ice cream flavored with Ras el hanout. We’ll see how that works out (and, yes, I’m still tweaking the Jameson whiskey ice cream recipe. Watch for it next week here). Anne has had incredible influence over my kitchen experimentation.

Has she done the same for you?

Have you bought your spices there?

Also, do you know of any hidden treasure shops like Buck’s? Comment here.

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