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Jul 3, 2015

by Patricia Beets

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hello! My name is Patricia Beets, and my husband David and I own Dell Cove Spice Co. We make popcorn seasonings, BBQ rubs and cocktail garnishes. We are about to open our own commercial kitchen and retail space in the Chicago, a town known for beautiful architecture and great storytellers, and the place we now call home.

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Our family business started because of the recession and the collapse of the newspaper industry. In early 2010, I was the Midwest Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times (I write under the byline P.J. Huffstutter). When the Times’ parent company filed for bankruptcy, my editors moved my job from Chicago to Los Angeles. David, a CAD designer for an engineering firm, and I were newly married, and assumed he would be able to find work easily in LA. We were wrong.

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As time passed, we started to cook together – several time zones away from one another – and talk on the phone or over Skype. A jam-making friend with an Etsy shop suggested we open a storefront to sell some of the cooking spices and blends we made, to help pay for my flights back to the Midwest. In the fall of 2010, we opened our Etsy shop and named our business after the street where we last shared a home – Dell Cove. Today, David runs our growing family business full time. I work with him, as well as work full time as an agricultural reporter for Reuters News.

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Stories inspire us. So does the fundamental human need to connect and create memories through food. My paternal family has been farming in Iowa since the end of the American Civil War, and my maternal family — as well as David’s family — is filled with amazing cooks. Their stories have been savored and passed down, whether while we’re cooking in the kitchen or laughing over meals. So David and I feel strongly that our products should be fun, tasty and allow our customers to create new stories they too can share with their friends and loved ones.

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Running your own business — particularly a food business — is fraught with challenges. In a way, developing our Etsy shop has been a bit of a learn-on-the-job MBA program: figure out how to better manage our supply-chain (that sinking 3 a.m. realization that we’re out of organic Parmesan powder, and that we bought way too much basil); forecasting production trends (note to self: make enough organic vanilla sugar this Christmas); figure out how to budget, fund and roll out new product lines (such as our organic teas and tea infusers featured in the Fund on Etsy pilot program). But it’s the customers we’ve worked with on Etsy – and the stories they have shared with us – that we’ve come to value the most. We could never have built this business without Etsy and the support of so many small business owners we’ve met here and learned from, including my dear friends Dorene of The Columbia Fragrance Co., Katie of Kater’s Acres and our product photographer, Selena Vallejo.

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Header photo by Crystal Gayle Photo. Maker photo by Ethel Baker, all other photographs by Selena Vallejo.

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Gourmet popcorn and seasoning kit - popcorn kernels, flavors - unique food gift and DIY gift set - food kit comes in gift box
Gourmet popcorn and seasoning kit - popcorn kernels, flavors - unique food gift and DIY gift set - food kit comes in gift box
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$34.95 USD
BBQ rub gift set with recipes - 8 seasonings for grilling and barbecue
BBQ rub gift set with recipes - 8 seasonings for grilling and barbecue
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$33.95 USD
Chili Lime Salt - Green Chili salt | Lime spiced | Spicy margarita salt | Flavored cocktail salt | Flavored rimmer salt | Peppers Rim salt
Chili Lime Salt - Green Chili salt | Lime spiced | Spicy margarita salt | Flavored cocktail salt | Flavored rimmer salt | Peppers Rim salt
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$6.45 USD
Gluten Free popcorn seasonings gift set - 8 flavored popcorn spices, spice kit for movie night party, gluten free spices, GF allergy free
Gluten Free popcorn seasonings gift set - 8 flavored popcorn spices, spice kit for movie night party, gluten free spices, GF allergy free
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$32.95 USD
Metallic gold cocktail rimming sugar - colored rim sugar for martinis, champagne
Metallic gold cocktail rimming sugar - colored rim sugar for martinis, champagne
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$6.45 USD
Men's BBQ Apron | Warning Men BBQIng black apron | Unique boyfriend gift | Man gag gift | Grilling - cooking apron | Funny father's day gift
Men's BBQ Apron | Warning Men BBQIng black apron | Unique boyfriend gift | Man gag gift | Grilling - cooking apron | Funny father's day gift
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$19.95 USD
Popcorn of the Month Club - Gourmet Popcorn Club - monthly subscription, popcorn gift subscription, gift for him for her, gift for husband
Popcorn of the Month Club - Gourmet Popcorn Club - monthly subscription, popcorn gift subscription, gift for him for her, gift for husband
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$69.95 USD
Metallic silver cocktail rimming sugar - metallic rim sugar for champagne and martinis - sparkle sugar, glitter sugar for mocktails
Metallic silver cocktail rimming sugar - metallic rim sugar for champagne and martinis - sparkle sugar, glitter sugar for mocktails
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$6.45 USD
Flavored popcorn sampler - gift set of gourmet popcorn kernels, popcorn seasonings - unique foodie gift
Flavored popcorn sampler - gift set of gourmet popcorn kernels, popcorn seasonings - unique foodie gift
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$34.95 USD
Cocktail sugar - pink red hearts drink rimming sugar - pink drink martinis, create romantic drinks, bridal shower, Valentine's Day wedding
Cocktail sugar - pink red hearts drink rimming sugar - pink drink martinis, create romantic drinks, bridal shower, Valentine's Day wedding
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$6.45 USD
Spiced Saffron Cocktail Salt | Rimming salt | Flavored margarita salt | Gift tin | Flavored salt | Cinnamon salt | Rim salt | Fancy cocktail
Spiced Saffron Cocktail Salt | Rimming salt | Flavored margarita salt | Gift tin | Flavored salt | Cinnamon salt | Rim salt | Fancy cocktail
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$6.95 USD
Colored margarita salt sampler - colored salt with margarita recipes - rim salt for margarita drinks glasses - gift box included
Colored margarita salt sampler - colored salt with margarita recipes - rim salt for margarita drinks glasses - gift box included
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$40.00 USD
Popcorn kernel and popcorn seasoning kit - savory popcorn gift set - hostess gift idea, popcorn seasonings, gift assortment, movie night
Popcorn kernel and popcorn seasoning kit - savory popcorn gift set - hostess gift idea, popcorn seasonings, gift assortment, movie night
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$35.00 USD
Popcorn seasoning - flavored popcorn sampler - 8 gourmet salts for your popped corn kernels in a gift box - anniversary gift, wedding favors
Popcorn seasoning - flavored popcorn sampler - 8 gourmet salts for your popped corn kernels in a gift box - anniversary gift, wedding favors
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$32.95 USD
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Cocktail rimming sugar - pastel pink colored rim sugar for martinis, champagne glasses - baby girl pink baby shower drinks wedding drinks
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$6.45 USD
Magnetic spice tins - DIY spice rack for metal wall, refrigerator - 12 empty tins, spice labels, for kitchen storage and organization
Magnetic spice tins - DIY spice rack for metal wall, refrigerator - 12 empty tins, spice labels, for kitchen storage and organization
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$31.50 USD
Cocktail rimming sugar / red white and blue colored sugar for election party drinks, July 4th, military graduation, military wedding
Cocktail rimming sugar / red white and blue colored sugar for election party drinks, July 4th, military graduation, military wedding
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$6.45 USD
Popcorn kernels in bulk - gourmet popcorn for movie night, wedding popcorn bar, hostess favors customer appreciation - organic grown popcorn
Popcorn kernels in bulk - gourmet popcorn for movie night, wedding popcorn bar, hostess favors customer appreciation - organic grown popcorn
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$5.95 USD
Gold cocktail rimming sugar - bronze gold sugar for martinis, champagne glasses, gold signature drink - gold rim sugar, gold rimmed glasses
Gold cocktail rimming sugar - bronze gold sugar for martinis, champagne glasses, gold signature drink - gold rim sugar, gold rimmed glasses
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$6.45 USD
Margarita salt - yellow salt, colored sea salt - rimming salt, flake sea salt Mexican fiesta, margarita salt rimmers, drink garnish
Margarita salt - yellow salt, colored sea salt - rimming salt, flake sea salt Mexican fiesta, margarita salt rimmers, drink garnish
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$6.45 USD
Colored margarita salt - green margarita salt for margarita glasses
Colored margarita salt - green margarita salt for margarita glasses
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$6.45 USD
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Pink margarita salt - pink colored salt for margarita drinks - gourmet salt rim, margarita salt rimmed glass, bridal wedding party gifts
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$6.45 USD
Meat Lovers Dry Rub gift set - 8 Barbecue Rubs for outdoor grilling - backyard BBQ gift set for Dad, husband gift, mens gift for BBQ season
Meat Lovers Dry Rub gift set - 8 Barbecue Rubs for outdoor grilling - backyard BBQ gift set for Dad, husband gift, mens gift for BBQ season
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$34.95 USD
Black cocktail rimming sugar - black colored sugar - black sparkle sugar, Halloween drinks, mocktail drinks, Halloween wedding decorations
Black cocktail rimming sugar - black colored sugar - black sparkle sugar, Halloween drinks, mocktail drinks, Halloween wedding decorations
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$6.45 USD
Pink Raspberry Cocktail rimming sugar – champagne sugar crusted rim, monograms and martinis, sugar rim bar, margarita fancy drinks garnish
Pink Raspberry Cocktail rimming sugar – champagne sugar crusted rim, monograms and martinis, sugar rim bar, margarita fancy drinks garnish
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$6.45 USD
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Flavored cocktail rim sugar - lime flavored, mouth puckering tart sweet green colored rimming sugar - margarita sugar, martini sugar, shots
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$6.45 USD
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Vegan popcorn kit - popcorn kernels and popcorn seasonings set, vegan gift gluten free, movie night treat, popcorn bag, unique hostess gift
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$35.00 USD
Chicken Hot Wings BBQ Dry Rub - sugar free spices, chicken wings rub for grilling
Chicken Hot Wings BBQ Dry Rub - sugar free spices, chicken wings rub for grilling
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$4.95 USD
BBQ Rubs Gourmet Meat Rubs Roasting, Marinade - Classic Steak Seasoning - gluten free Outdoor Grilling husband gift - care package ideas
BBQ Rubs Gourmet Meat Rubs Roasting, Marinade - Classic Steak Seasoning - gluten free Outdoor Grilling husband gift - care package ideas
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$5.95 USD
Gold margarita salt - yellow gold colored gourmet salt to spice up margaritas - edible colored salt by Dell Cove Spices
Gold margarita salt - yellow gold colored gourmet salt to spice up margaritas - edible colored salt by Dell Cove Spices
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$6.45 USD
Spicy popcorn kit - popcorn kernels and popcorn seasonings gift set - organic popcorn, movie night treat, movie party gift assortment
Spicy popcorn kit - popcorn kernels and popcorn seasonings gift set - organic popcorn, movie night treat, movie party gift assortment
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$35.00 USD
Flavored sugar - lemon drop cocktail rim sugar - martini recipes, directions included
Flavored sugar - lemon drop cocktail rim sugar - martini recipes, directions included
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$6.45 USD
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Lavender sugar - lavender flavored cocktail rimming sugar for cocktails, lemonade, sugar for tea, mocktails
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$6.45 USD
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Gourmet popcorn seasonings - flavored popcorn gift set for movie night party
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$32.95 USD
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Mardi Gras colored cocktail rimming sugar - purple green yellow colored sugar sparkles for martinis, daiquiris, drink glasses food crafting
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$18.95 USD
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Halloween cocktail rim sugar - Haunted Pumpkins rim sugar drinks - orange pumpkins, black sparkle sugar, Halloween decorations party ideas
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$6.45 USD
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Cocktail rim sugar - honey flavor - flavored sugar for bar drink glasses, sweet martinis
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$6.45 USD
Red cocktail rim sugar - colorful garnish for martini glasses, champagne flutes
Red cocktail rim sugar - colorful garnish for martini glasses, champagne flutes
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$6.45 USD
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Popcorn seasonings - gourmet popcorn spices - flavored popcorn gift for foodies - try two flavors
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$11.50 USD
Popcorn gift set - deluxe popcorn and popcorn seasonings gift assortment - set of 16
Popcorn gift set - deluxe popcorn and popcorn seasonings gift assortment - set of 16
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$59.95 USD
Pickling spices | organic cooking spices for pickle jars diy crafts kit | Canning food preservation at home | Pickling spice for eggs
Pickling spices | organic cooking spices for pickle jars diy crafts kit | Canning food preservation at home | Pickling spice for eggs
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$5.00 USD
BBQ dry rub - Louisiana Blackened Cajun seasoning for outdoor grill - Father's Day gift for him - groomsmen gift, college student gift
BBQ dry rub - Louisiana Blackened Cajun seasoning for outdoor grill - Father's Day gift for him - groomsmen gift, college student gift
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$5.95 USD
Cocktail sugar - royal blue rimming sugar - colored rim sugar for champagne and martinis - sparkle sugar, glitter sugar for mocktails
Cocktail sugar - royal blue rimming sugar - colored rim sugar for champagne and martinis - sparkle sugar, glitter sugar for mocktails
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$6.45 USD
Spice Wedding Favors - 25 Personalized Favors for Wedding, Engagement, Save the Date, Anniversary, Bridal Baby Shower
Spice Wedding Favors - 25 Personalized Favors for Wedding, Engagement, Save the Date, Anniversary, Bridal Baby Shower
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$198.75 USD
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Orange colored cocktail sugar, colorful rim sugar garnish for drinks, sparkle sugar, glitter sugar, champagne sugar, martini orange drinks
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$6.45 USD
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Pink cocktail rim sugar - rimming sugar for martinis, sweet margaritas, signature drinks with hot pink sparkle - drink recipes included
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$6.45 USD
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Pumpkin Spice flavored sugar, martini sugar rimmers, flavored coffee drinks, DIY pumpkin cookies, cocktail rim sugar, gluten free celiac
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$6.45 USD
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Flavored sugar - cocktail rimmer sugar gift set - flavored colored sugar for drinking glasses - signature drink garnish, monograms martinis
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$39.95 USD
Gourmet popcorn spices - delicious popcorn seasoning for your snack craving, movie night or foodie gift
Gourmet popcorn spices - delicious popcorn seasoning for your snack craving, movie night or foodie gift
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$5.95 USD
Bloody Mary Spiced Rim Salt | Margaritas cocktail salt | Spicy flavored salt | Foodie bar gift | Rim Salt | Drink rimmer | Bloody mary mix
Bloody Mary Spiced Rim Salt | Margaritas cocktail salt | Spicy flavored salt | Foodie bar gift | Rim Salt | Drink rimmer | Bloody mary mix
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$6.45 USD
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Dessert popcorn and seasoning gift set, sweet popcorn for movie night treat, Father's Day gift, tailgate spices food popcorn, DIY gift
dellcovespices
$35.00 USD
Margarita salt - blue salt, colored margarita salt rim for drinks glasses
Margarita salt - blue salt, colored margarita salt rim for drinks glasses
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$6.45 USD
Blood orange flavored cocktail sugar - rimming sugar garnish drinking glasses - margarita bar - wedding sparkles - bridal shower martini
Blood orange flavored cocktail sugar - rimming sugar garnish drinking glasses - margarita bar - wedding sparkles - bridal shower martini
dellcovespices
$6.45 USD
Caramelized Onion Cocktail Sugar - sweet onion flavored sugar rim, spicy bloody mary mix, vegetarian recipes spices, unique hostess gift
Caramelized Onion Cocktail Sugar - sweet onion flavored sugar rim, spicy bloody mary mix, vegetarian recipes spices, unique hostess gift
dellcovespices
$6.45 USD
Gingerbread Cocktail Sugar - gingerbread flavored sugar for rimming Christmas party drinks, holiday gingerbread cookies, unique hostess gift
Gingerbread Cocktail Sugar - gingerbread flavored sugar for rimming Christmas party drinks, holiday gingerbread cookies, unique hostess gift
dellcovespices
$6.45 USD
Halloween rim sugar for drinks - orange and black sugar - cocktail rimming sugar - Halloween party ideas
Halloween rim sugar for drinks - orange and black sugar - cocktail rimming sugar - Halloween party ideas
dellcovespices
$6.45 USD
Destination wedding favor | Colored gourmet margarita salt| 50 personalized party favors - beach wedding | Edible party favor | Salt rimmer
Destination wedding favor | Colored gourmet margarita salt| 50 personalized party favors - beach wedding | Edible party favor | Salt rimmer
dellcovespices
$349.50 USD
Colored cocktail rim sugar - Halloween colored sugar set for sweet martinis in black, yellow, silver, orange - Halloween party decorations
Colored cocktail rim sugar - Halloween colored sugar set for sweet martinis in black, yellow, silver, orange - Halloween party decorations
dellcovespices
$19.95 USD
Sparkle Gray cocktail rimming sugar - sparkle sugar for drinks - silver gray rim sugar for martinis, sugar crusted champagne glasses
Sparkle Gray cocktail rimming sugar - sparkle sugar for drinks - silver gray rim sugar for martinis, sugar crusted champagne glasses
dellcovespices
$6.45 USD
Unique wedding favor | BBQ spice rub party favors | Set of 50 personalized edible favors | BBQ rub for ribs | Cool party favor | Giveaways
Unique wedding favor | BBQ spice rub party favors | Set of 50 personalized edible favors | BBQ rub for ribs | Cool party favor | Giveaways
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$397.50 USD

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