Henry Oehmig, son of Margy and the late King Oehmig, recently bought local spice business Alchemy Spice Company from Ben Gordon. Before this pusrchase, Henry held executive roles with the Chattanooga software development company Spire Labs and its subsidiary, Peak Financial. Henry has always wanted to own and operate his own company and is very excited about this business venture.
Founded in 2003 by Christian and Jessica Chevalier, Alchemy Spice was sold in 2007 to Warren Stanko, a former employee, and then to Mr. Gordon in 2013. Alchemy Spice Company uses hundreds of different all-natural herbs and spices to create its special seasoning blends. All of Alchemy’s products are free of MSG, synthetics and chemical additives, and all are created and packaged in small batches by hand. While spices in the grocery stores may sit on the shelves for up to five years, Alchemy Spice Company grinds its spices minutes before bottling and mere days before shipping.
Alchemy Spice Company’s products have a loyal following in Chattanooga, which Henry aims to build upon. The retailers carrying the company’s products in Chattanooga include Whole Foods (as well as Whole Foods stores in North Carolina and Alabama), Earth Fare, Plum Nelly, Food City and other local shops like Olive Chattanooga and Locals Only. All Alchemy products can be purchased on the company website, www.alchemyspicecompany.com, or you can sample them in person at the Chattanooga Market.
Alchemy Spice Company products are used at the 1885 Grill and Cafe on the Corner, as well as other local restaurants. These seasonings appeal to all types of cooking enthusiasts, and blends include everything from a barbecue rub, lemon pepper, or Indian masala blend to herbed pepper and Mexican mole. It also sells individual spices, including lemon zest, fenugreek seed and roasted cocoa nibs, as well as rosemary, sage and thyme.
On a personal note, my son Robert and his wife, Melanie Tugman, recently bought a pour bottle at the Chattanooga Market for making a delicious olive oil and spice blend for dipping French bread. They were so excited to see Henry there, and even more excited that he was so busy!
Henry is focusing on growing the company’s restaurant customer base and expanding the line into retailers across the Southeast. Henry and his wife, Mary, and their children, Hank and Laura, are thrilled about his new business. What an exciting time for the Oehmigs and for the company!