Star anise is available in Natchez.
None of the Loy's have it, and Lehman's doesn't have it, but the Mexican taqueria up 61 north does have it. They keep a small rack of spices. They had two bags. Lyman bought one.
I called before he went. The Hispanic woman who answered the phone spent some time making sense of my request.
"Do you know who you have called? This is Mi Tiendita."
"Yes, I have been there. Do you have a spice on your rack called star anise?"
"Rack? I don't understand."
"You have a place in your store where you sell epazote and cumin. Do you have star anise?"
"Star anise? Yes, we have it. Two bags. I'll hold them for them you."
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Dammit if Lyman wasn't right there, too. (And the spice looks fresh.)