Monday, June 27, 2016

Help Wanted -- Inquire Within -- Seattle Spice

Help Wanted

By Pepper Reece, from the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz

Help Wanted. Retail experience and a love of cooking preferred. Spice knowledge not needed—will train. Must be outgoing and flexible. Full-time position.

Benefits: Great hourly wage and benefits package, plus discounts on all merchandise—spices and herbs, teas, cookbooks and foodie lit, including foodie fiction, and spice-related items such as shakers, grinders, infusers, and more.

Join the team at Seattle Spice Shop, a 40+ year-old institution in the heart of the Pike Place Market, Seattle’s stomach and soul. You’ll get on-the-job training in all aspects of spice and herb selection, blending, and pairing, and work with both retail and commercial customers eager to put the finest Northwest offerings on their tables. Working in the Pike Place Market, the oldest continuous-running public market in the country, you’ll be surrounded by fresh produce from the finest farms and orchards in the region, along with the very best in cheeses, breads, fish, meat, poultry, and specialty products, along with tastes of the cuisines from every corner of the world. You’ll find yourself among an amazing array of arts and crafts, serenaded by a rotating cast of musicians and other entertainers, and meet people from every walk of life.

The first mixed-use commercial and residential project listed on the National Historic Register, the Pike Place Market is also home to more than two hundred owner-operated shops and services, one hundred restaurants, and three hundred and fifty residents, all on nine acres. Open 364 days a year.

The best candidates will boast a ready smile and a spirit of adventure, because in the Market, anything can happen -- and does.

Readers, what’s the best job you ever had? The worst? 

And join me tonight, June 27 at 8 pm Eastern, 7 Central, 6 Mountain, 5 Pacific for a live chat at Nite Owl Reviews!




Audio books of ASSAULT & PEPPER and GUILTY AS CINNAMON are out now! The large print edition of GUILTY AS CINNAMON will be available in August. And coming in October: KILLING THYME, Book Three. 


Leslie Budewitz is the national best-selling author of the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries and the Food Lovers Village Mysteries, set in northwest Montana. She is the only author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction—the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, for DEATH AL DENTE—and nonfiction—the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for BOOKS, CROOKS & COUNSELORS: HOW TO WRITE ACCURATELY ABOUT CRIMINAL LAW & COURTROOM PROCEDURE.



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16 comments:

  1. I love this series. Reading these books makes me want to try new spices in my cooking and visit Seattle someday.

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    1. Thanks, Annette! I hope you get to make a visit in person -- it's a tremendous city. Meanwhile, thank goodness for armchair travel!

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  2. Best Job I had was working as a secretary for a parole agent. It was a job where we both worked as partners to the work required of us. I would like to work in a spice shop. Since starting to read this series, I've learned so much about spices. dbahn@iw.net

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    1. What an interesting job, Dianne -- and yes, partnership and collaboration can make a job so much more productive and enjoyable.

      And I'm glad you're learning a few things about spicery -- me, too!

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  3. The best job I ever had was working at the movie theater. I had all the popcorn I could eat as well as free movies for myself and anyone that I wanted to let in. My worst job was being a trade embalmer, I loved the work but it was an internship so I didn't get paid and I was always on call.

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  4. My best job ever (and a short lived one) was back in the early 70's when I worked for the Israeli Ministry of Defense here in NYC. The reason I really enjoyed it was because I was able to improve my knowledge of spoken Hebrew and also improved my ability to read and translate (I worked in the mail office opening burn before reading material). The other part was the look on my bosses face when my security clearance came in and was ummmmm pretty much higher then his. LOL That alone meant I was out 7 months later. LOL

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    1. Nora, that sounds like a fascinating place to work. Except, of course, for bosses' egos -- one of the reasons Pepper and I like working for ourselves!

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  5. The best job I ever had was the summer when I was 16 and I got a job in a stable. I loved horses so I didn't even mind mucking out stalls. The worst job was when a retailer I worked for sent me to help pack up a location they were closing. I had to work along side people who were losing there jobs once we finished packing the place up and shipping the merchendise to other stores.

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    1. Sandy, the stable job sounds wonderful -- doing what you love, just as I get to do with writing. But oh, working with people who knew they were losing their jobs must have been heart-breaking. I remember when Borders closed, some people were happy about the discounts, but I kept thinking about the employees. Working in a bookstore, many years ago as a teenager, was one of my favorite jobs!

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  6. I just finished Guilty as Cinnamon on Friday and absolutely enjoyed it! I was born and raised in the Seattle area, although I moved to the eastern side of the state a couple years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed your wonderful descriptions of Pike Place Market and the Seattle area, Leslie! You did a fantastic job capturing the fun, charm, and mystery of the market and I am already looking forward to Killing Thyme.

    One of my very favorite jobs was working for a lumber transportation company, which I know might sound terribly boring, but what I loved most was my coworkers and the way we truly all worked together. Hopefully Pepper will find the perfect candidate for the Seattle Spice shop real soon.

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    1. Oh, Kristin -- thank you! So glad you're enjoying the Spice Shop Mysteries. Since you just finished CINNAMON, you know all about Pepper's personnel problems! I think you'll like the solution to them in KILLING THYME!

      And as you and Pepper have both discovered, the co-workers and collaboration make all the difference! I had a lovely conversation last winter on the plane with a woman who ran the transportation for Plum Creek in NW Montana, and it actually did sound interesting!

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  7. Yay! I am so happy to hear about Killing Thyme! My most favorite job ever was when I worked at the bookstore. Especially when I was alone in the store with all of those books after I closed. Or when I was unpacking the boxes of books that needed to be shelved. It was like Christmas! Worst job? Well, I grew up on a farm. I hated driving tractor and getting so dirty. And picking rocks and getting so dirty. And those things took away my reading time.

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    1. Oh, I know what you mean about the bookstore, Elaine! I worked in three in h.s. and college, and loved, loved, loved it. Did not love retail pay...

      I always thought the hardest part of farming would be keeping up the machinery! Seems like my uncles had to know as much about engines as they did about cows and corn!

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    2. That is true about the machinery. My brother got to help my dad with that part so he didn't have to go out to the fields and get so dirty. We girls thought he had the good life.

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