010 – How her Passion gets TV promos with Marlena Jayatilake of Love That Spice

Marlena Jayatilake of Love That Spice

Marlena Jayatilake is the owner of Love That Spice – a brick and mortar shop where spices and teas are masterfully blended right before your eyes.

Love That Spice is unique in that it offers up-to-date information on the relatively unknown health benefits of spices and herbs.

Marlena has been seen on ABC News multiple times and featured in the Chicago Tribune and Make It Better Magazine. She has a list of celebrity customers as well. Names you may know are Mike Ditka, Marcus Lamonis from The Profit and the Late Great Ernie Banks!

Congratulations are in order because Marlena and her husband Rohan just had a new baby girl, Sehara. She joins her older brother Ra-song-ga to make a perfect family of 4.

Motivational Quote


A Candle Flickering Moment

Moving into a retail location and discovering that January – March are very low sales months. Listen to how she took control and overcame this problem. [8:51]

Business Inspiration

Her husband is from Sri Lanka and when he introduced her to the traditional meals of his homeland she says she fell in love with the spices and then fell in love with him! [4:39]

Success Trait

Honesty in all she does shows her customers they can trust her wholeheartedly and they keep coming back! [18:31]

Productivity/Lifestyle Tool

Mail Chimp –  Their features and integrations allow you to send marketing emails, automated messages, and targeted campaigns.

Valuable BookFree Audio Book

Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All by Russell Simmons

A Gift from Marlena

Enter Discount Code GiftSpice25 to get a 25% discount on your online order. Good through July 31, 2015.

Contact Links






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  1. Michelle on June 15, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Oh my! What an excellent interview! Marlena’s so open and enthusiastic… you can sense the positivity, passion and pleasure she has for her biz! I’ve gleaned so much from this! Pumped to perform! Thanks, Sue Monhait!

    • Marlena, Love That Spice on June 17, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you so much for your remarks Michelle. I eat, sleep and breathe spices and of course teas. Mother always told me that if I love what I do then I will never work a day in my life. My love and passion for what I do genuinely comes from my heart and soul, therefore it shines. Remember that old song “this little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine? Well that’s the way I feel….shine on!

  2. Joyce Arrieta on June 17, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Wow… what a powerful interview…Marlena’s is a phenomenal woman. I can feel her energy and love of what she is doing to make a difference.

    Thanks again Sue for the podcast!

    • Marlena, Love That Spice on June 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you for your comments Joyce. Loving what I do makes a real difference in the way it sort of naturally comes from me. I feel I am making a real difference in the way people eat and bringing families together at the dinner table experiencing foods and spices from different cultures, bridging cultural gaps and opening a real dialogue as far as the health of spices. Talking to customers about the many vitamins and minerals that are found in fresh ground spices as well as how to ease inflammation that can lead to many diseases that plague the Western world today is really why I “love that spice!” I take real pleasure in seeing a customer’s eyes light up when I introduce them to ancient healing spices that are known to fight inflammation. That is really where the magic happens!

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