Shawn Hessinger

Shawn Hessinger Shawn Hessinger is the Executive Editor for Small Business Trends. A professional journalist with more than a decade of experience in the traditional newspaper business, he has another 10 years of experience in digital media for trade publications and news sites. Shawn has served as a beat reporter, columnist, editorial writer, bureau chief and eventually managing editor with responsibility for nine weekly newspapers, the Berks Mont Newspapers. He is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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  1. This is an interesting franchise concept.

    I’d like to see what their 5-year plan is, though.

    For example, what do they have planned? What’s in the pipeline? What types of add-on products/services are in store?

    Thanks for the info, Shawn.

    The Franchise King®

    • Shawn Hessinger

      Good question, Joel. And it’s one I don’t frankly have the answer to. Perhaps we’ll get some comments here from some more directly involved with the franchise to help us address this.

  2. I’m a decent cook, but I’ll admit that seasoning is one of the weaknesses in my cooking abilities. I’d love having a source of quality spices like this nearby.

  3. Shawn Hessinger

    Hi Robert,
    If you check the main site’s location guide to local franchises, you’ll see there are plenty of opportunities still available, although I’m thinking being selective about location would be very important with this franchise.

  4. Well defined post to upgrade us on what is essential to stay competitive & in control. As franchise business is really blossoming under the current state. That is why it has become evident to go for random change in planning to stay upbeat & work as per market demand.

  5. Anita Campbell

    I like this business concept. I love spices, and am always hunting for great combinations of spices.

    For some kinds of foods and tastes, you just NEED great spices. Consider an Italian olive oil dip with spices, for bread or crudites. Without great spices it’s not half as good.

    Or in some cultures, the spices are everything, such as Indian food. What’s a good curry dish without good curry spices?

    – Anita

  6. Aira Bongco

    Really interesting. It might work as they are filling in a really decent need. It also opens people’s palates to the natural taste of spices. That is something that I am personally interested in.

  7. Wendy@ideasremixed

    So glad to see that they are adding recipes and education types of things for their marketing. I’m a foodie and this is an area a lot of people would love to explore.

  8. It’s interesting the niche they chose to go into. I’m not really into spices, but if I saw a spice shop such as theirs, I’d probably go in and have a meander round out of curiosity.

    I like that they called the place they studied “Spice University”! 🙂

    Good on them for making a success of it.

  9. Such an interesting read. I like how they are able to amend recipes with herbs and spices instead of salt. Much healthier.

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