CORONA DEL MAR — Walking into Savory Spice Shop, you first notice the smell.
That is, unless you happen to be co-owner Laura Shute.
"I can't smell it anymore," Shute said, laughing while surrounded by floor-to-ceiling displays.
The 1,500-square-foot aromatic spice and herb shop in the Corona del Mar Plaza, 928 Avocado Ave., carries more than 400 spices and 140 spice blends.
All the spices are ground fresh each week in Denver — home to Savory's corporate headquarters — then shipped to the Corona del Mar franchise.
The spices are bagged or bottled in sizes ranging from half an ounce to a pound.
"It's a one-stop shop for spices that are hard to find anywhere else," said shopper Sharolyn Naftel. "And it's so well organized and easy to find whatever you need in any recipe."
Naftel said she drove to Savory from her home in Dana Point to pick up a jar of Lodo red adobo, a spicy seasoning to make an Argentine chicken dish.