Calling Sugarpill a specialty food store is misleading. Here you’ll find tinctures and bitters, holistic remedies for an assortment of ailments, soaps and bath salts. But indeed, owner Karyn Schwartz, who opened the apothecary shop in 2011 after teaching herbal medicine at Bastyr, sells a small but well-chosen selection of edibles—her chocolate assortment, including Woodblock Chocolate from Portland, Oregon, and Dandelion Chocolate from San Francisco, is especially inspired. You’ll find Brooklyn-based Empire Mayonnaise (in flavors like black garlic and Vadouvan, an Indian spice blend), a dozen types of Rancho Gordo dry beans, Hot Cakes chocolate and caramel sauces, and assorted curries and spice mixes from Vermont’s Teeny Tiny Spice Co. The offering of salts is impressive—including slabs of Himalayan sea salt that look like blush marble and can be placed atop a grill for cooking. (Schwartz says she’s cooked on hers for seven years.) Sugarpill defies definition in a most enchanting way.
900 E Pine St.; 206.322.7455; sugarpillseattle.com