Well I took a short ride to check out the new Penzey's store. It's in Arlington, MA, just west of Boston. For locals, it's on Mass Ave. in Arlington Heights just East of the Lexington line.
It's a reasonably good sized store. I think it used to be a Chinese restaurant. It's set up in a rustic style with lots of wood crates stacked for shelving. The lone attendant was pleasant and helpful.
The price of gas was worth the savings in shipping costs and the immediate gratification of being able to carry my spices home with me.
I bought some smoked paprika, ground chipotle (a definite smoked flavor theme here) along with cayenne and French thyme. The prices appear to be the same as the catalog.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan