New St. Charles business heating up scene with its handcrafted hot sauce

A new business in St. Charles that sells handcrafted fresh pepper hot sauces is moving ahead with plans to partner with local breweries and wineries.

St. Charles aldermen approved revising the city’s code so Gindo’s Spice of Life can sell packaged liquor. Aldermen also approved a liquor license for the business, which is owned by husband and wife Christopher and Mary Ginder.

The couple, who started Gindo’s in 2011, recently purchased a 2,700-square-foot manufacturing space at 2002 W. Main St., Suite P, in the Main Street Commerce Center. The building has warehouse space, a walk-in freezer and cooler, production area, large steam kettles, and automated bottling and labeling machines.

Plans are to use a 400-square-foot space in the building to sell Gindo’s hot sauces and a small selection of curated local craft beer and wine. The beer and wine would not be consumed on-site.

The retail space also will serve as a showroom and as a conference room for small-business meetings and Chamber of Commerce events.

“Gindo’s Spice of Life mission is to inspire creativity in the kitchen and support local farms and businesses,” Gindo’s business plan states.

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Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf covers St. Charles and writes entertainment stories for the Kane County Chronicle.