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Love Your Neighborhood: Homegrown business spices up local kitchens

Written by Team Nextdoor

In celebration of Neighbor Month, learn how a Michigan woman turned to Nextdoor to grow her local business

A fan of flavorful foods, Rita S. learned a few years ago that a health condition would require her to be on a restrictive diet. Refusing to eat food that “tasted like cardboard,” she created her own stomach-friendly spice and seasoning blends, sharing them with friends and her Ann Arbor neighbors.

Inspired by the rave reviews, she opened an online shop early in the pandemic, using Nextdoor to reach local customers. The community outreach was a success, and a year later, Cheeky Spices is still growing and now available at more than 20 stores and markets in Michigan.

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