The Wild Ginger and Spice Story
How did WGS come to be?
I opened Wild Ginger and Spice in 2010 because I saw an opportunity for a unique shop in the little town of Davis. I was teaching science full time in the Washington, DC area and opened WGS as a hobby – a way to offer bulk herbs, teas and spices to the local community.
Our little shop quickly grew. Following requests and suggestions from our customers we expanded our product line to include a huge variety of items. Recently, I quit my teaching job to devote myself to WGS; the time was right to follow my interests in natural healing, medicinal herbs and alternative medicine. On a visit to Turkey, on a whim, I brought home a hookah and found that smoking accessories were also fun to sell. We obtained a license for smoking products and now have quite a broad offering of pipes in addition to our fun clothes, jewelry and toys!
— Annie Mac
Founder, Wild Ginger and Spice
About Wild Ginger and Spice
What makes WGS special?
The amazing customers and people who work here are what keep me going. It’s so great to meet new people and reconnect with those who stop in WGS when they return to the mountains. Our local community is wonderful and very supportive; we couldn’t do it without them.
What local products do you sell?
We sell as many locally sourced items as we can. You’ll find honey, jams and jelly, butters, maple syrup–even artwork, and we’re always adding new items.
Do you sell online?
Our custom Annie Mac Naturals product line is sold online, as a special service, please contact us directly to order products that we carry in-store only. We are happy to work with you in purchasing these items and sending them directly to you. Please note that any CBD or smoking related products are only sold in-store with a valid ID. These items cannot be shipped.
Do you offer CBD products?
We sell CBD products to customers over eighteen. We have a huge selection of options to choose from. CBD is a naturally occurring cannabinoid containing no THC, thus elicits no “high”, and it is legal in all 50 states. Our CBD products include: • Tinctures • Salves • Sprays • Roll-ons • Vapes • Massage Candles • Pet Tinctures
Do you have events at your store?
WGS has offered medicinal herb workshops in the past and plans to do so again. I have some people who are interested in offering tarot card readings and that's something we may bring on-board soon. Other events have included tastings and children’s art workshops. Follow us on Facebook to stay in the loop about upcoming events.
What We Offer
Annie Mac Naturals
Reasonably priced and all-natural body products made right here in the store! Please visit the Annie Mac website to learn more, or shop online.
We carry a large variety of oils, and our friendly staff is here to help you choose.
Great gifts for all ages at great prices. We offer a gift wrap service too!
Natural Body Products
Of course we carry Annie Mac Naturals brand but we have other brands, too–our top seller is hemp lotion made by Earthly Body.
Bulk Herb, Teas, and Spices
Buy a little or buy a lot. The price is right and freshness is preserved when you buy bulk. We have fun facts on many of our products to learn more about them.
For all ages, including finger puppets, hacky sacks, silly putty and other “throwback” toys.
Make and Take Station
Visit our Annie Mac Naturals lab and make a body product to take home with you. All ingredients and containers are provided. Super fun!
Cute clothes for sizes XS to 4XL! Some are one of a kind and all are unique.
Many styles to choose from, all reasonably priced.
Unique items from all over the world, from Egg Shakers to Singing Bowls. And if you’re lucky, one of our staff will demonstrate them for you.
Beautiful glass pieces, wooden pipes, vintage hookahs, papers, scales for all your smoking needs.
A naturally occurring cannabinoid containing no THC, thus no “high”. Legal in all 50 states.
The Wild Ginger and Spice Family
Born Annie McIntyre in Germany, I am now affectionately known as Annie Mac. With my father in the Foreign Service, I was privileged to grow up in Germany, Belgium, then Washington, DC. In college, I earned Environmental Science and Biology degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a masters degree in Science Education from the University of Virginia.
While married and living in Dillon, Colorado I had four sons, several of whom are active in the business. When our family moved east, I took a job teaching science in Bethesda, MD and bought a house as a winter ski retreat in Davis, WV. Before long I came to love all four seasons, and now live in Davis full-time.
I was inspired living during the counterculture movement of the 70’s and I have always been interested in natural healing and alternative lifestyles. I embrace aspects of the east coast and west as well as my worldview having living in Europe. This all inspired me when I was envisioning Wild Ginger and Spice.
Diana is a native of San Antonio, TX. Diana knows the healing power of laughter. Customers cannot help but become infected by her vibrant personality and positive energy. She has performed internationally with a West Virginia troupe and keeps active in our local music scene.
Carina was born in Chile and has traveled extensively through South America. She has a love of other cultures and has come to really appreciate the local artists here in Canaan Valley, some of whose works can be purchased here at WGS.
Nichole, a native of Washington, PA, has recently moved back here to Appalachia. Nichole’s interest in culture and history led to a career in archaeology and provided her the opportunity to live, hike, and dig all over the country.
Kristin comes to WGS from Cincinnati, OH. She is an adventure enthusiast who loves to travel, play outside and raft-guide in the Summer! Kristin heads production of our Annie Mac Naturals line.
Phoebe hails from the mountains of Virginia and works for WGS between raft guiding and ski-patrolling in Colorado. Last sentence is fine. We appreciate her attention to detail and artist’s eye.
Zack loves out of this world celestial bodies and is a father to three wonderful cats: Leo, Orion and Comet. You can usually find him in the Annie Mac Naturals lab carefully making our products.
Jim has had a varied career; as diverse as being a military police officer, and owning Roy Rogers restaurants in the Washington, DC area. He loves motorcycles, cats and working with the public at Wild Ginger and Spice.
Bethany comes from upstate New York, and grew up in the wilds of West Virginia. Currently studying at WVU, she is vibrant, fun spirited and crazy about dogs.
Tim, one of Annie’s sons, loves snowboarding and has been part of Wild Ginger and Spice since he was ten years old. Continuing his studies at the University of Vermont toward a degree in Business, he is currently in charge of WGS financials.
Zoe has been part of the Wild Ginger and Spice family since she was born. She hails from the animal shelter in Parsons, WV. Zoe is our greeter and also tests our dog treats for quality assurance!