The Grain Mill of Wake Forest Opens New Tea and Spice Room

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David Bissette, owner of The Grain Mill of Wake Forest, is pleased to announce the opening of The Grain Mill’s Tea & Spice Room. This new business expansion features 21 of the world’s best known loose leaf teas like sencha, jasmine, Earl Grey, and Darjeeling, as well as relative newcomers to local tea drinkers like yerba mate from South America, and red rooibos tea from South Africa. Try something different with sarsaparilla, hibiscus and licorice flavored herbal teas.

The Tea & Spice Room also carries 60 different spices in bulk. You’ll find more there than parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. “The smoked Spanish paprika adds a layer of complexity and flavor to something as simple as deviled eggs.” says David. His favorite spice is his jalapeno powder, which when added to bland store brand salsa really “turns up the volume to 11!” He plans to continue adding a few new teas or spices every couple of weeks until he runs out of display room.

Running out of room won’t be hard though. David operates The Grain Mill of Wake Forest out of a 700 square foot mother-in-law apartment in his downtown Wake Forest home. “I’ve been told that I’m Wake Forest’s worst kept secret. Many new customers have heard about my store from their friends, but no one knows where I am. I get calls all the time from people lost less than a block away.”

The house at the corner of South Main Street and one-way West Owen Ave, was built by David’s great-grandfather Rev. IT “Tommy” Stroud after moving to Wake Forest during the Depression. His great-grandmother Etta was headmistress at Wake Forest College’s Colonial Club dorm, once located just behind their home. David and his wife Mitzi have three daughters Anna, Katelyn and Sarah, who are the fifth generation of the Stroud bloodline to reside at the location.

The family-owned and operated destination store has drawn people to Wake Forest from as far away as Cincinnati, Ohio. Regular customers drive in from Cary, Apex, Garner, Greensboro, Fayetteville and even Blacksburg, VA because of The Grain Mill’s unique blend of Amish co-op style bulk foods, whole grains, sea salts, natural sweeteners, cheap shipping and low prices. “By operating from this location, I tell my customers I have ‘low overhead’.” David jokes while pointing out the low wood beams and ceiling in his store. “Just watch your head when you come in.”

Avoiding fixed monthly costs allows The Grain Mill of Wake Forest to operate debt free on a lower margin. “My customers have a tendency to be not only health and taste conscious, but price conscious too.” says David. “They’ve asked me to provide them with a source of high quality loose teas and spices at Grain Mill of Wake Forest prices. Other boutique stores have such frustrating pricing on their spices and teas. I listened, and promised I wouldn’t subject them to such silliness.”

David believes in simplicity of pricing. He charges a single rate on his in-store products, whether customers purchase a gram, an ounce, or a pound. Bulk food purchases by the fifty pound bag or twenty pound box qualify for a further reduced rate.

Clients seem to appreciate David’s dedication to providing low prices and top notch customer service. Local author Vanessa Roam wrote an online review; “The Grain Mill of Wake Forest is wonderful! [They have a] big selection of quality goods. The owners are very willing to help you get what you need and they are very easy to work with. They have some of the most needed supplies available right in the store, which you can purchase in the quantity you want. Have a special order to place? It is easy and hassle free and you won’t have to wait long at all. We are SO GLAD we found this place!”

The Grain Mill of Wake Forest is open Mon, Wed – Fri from 9 – 6 and Sat from 10-3. The store is closed Tues and Sun.

Store level parking is available on West Owen Avenue, beside Holding Park, near the Community House. For more information call David Bissette at 919-526-4573 or visit his website at

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