Robert Oth & Autum
After embarking upon a pursuit for the ideal barbecue rub, Robert Oth realized how much the quality and origin of spices affect a dish. An academic by day, Robert researched how to create high-caliber spice blends. The answer: spices that were carefully sourced, then toasted, ground, and blended fresh. He decided to start a business doing just that.
Just as he was realizing he needed help to scale it up, his mother-in-law, Autum Ellis, happened to be looking for a new career. "People have these preconceived notions about son-in-law/mother-in-law relationships," Robert says. But she'd been one of his biggest supports from the beginning, so it was natural for them to become a dynamic business duo. Together, they coordinate the importing of spices from all over the world to Central Pennsylvania and make handcrafted, small-batch spice blends from freshly sourced, toasted, and ground spices.