ColoradoBiz's Dynamic Duos: Mike and Janet Johnston263
with Matt Osier
Social Spice Guy
Want to learn a little more about the couple behind Savory Spice? Check out ColoradoBiz magazine's feature on owners Mike and Janet Johnston. From how they first met to their advice on business and partnership, read on to get a little insight into our very own "Dynamic Duo."
Dynamic duos: Mike and Janet Johnston
Their love of food blossomed into a spicy empire
In 2004, husband-wife duo Mike and Janet Johnston took their love of food and built a brick-and-mortar retail space to spice it up. Opening their Platte Street Savory Spice Shop in 2004 with great resolve, they offered a wide variety of blends, ground fresh in weekly batches.
Their efforts were well-received and they moved forward, crafting close to 200 seasoning blends, growing to seven Colorado stores, 32 locations in all, and more than 100 employees, including Mike’s parents. This year, they’re expanding their focus to include e-commerce, baking and BBQ and talking about plan-making for the future.
Before there were spices
Janet: I worked at a consulting firm in new media marketing in Chicago in my early 20s.
Mike: I was a fine artist, a painter. It was more miss than hit.
Janet: The old-fashioned way. In a bar. He was the bad boy. But of course, I was totally attracted.