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J. Olive Brings Healthy Eating Back to the Kitchen


J. Olive, a new fine olive oil and balsamic vinegar shop on the Oxford Square, will hold its grand opening next weekend.

FullSizeRender-21A lot of the extra virgin olive oils are all imported from the Northern Hemisphere right now, and J. Olive has oils from Portugal, Spain and California along with fused and infused flavored oils and flavored balsamics from white to dark that are great for salads or marinades.

“In 2013, our family visited an olive oil store for the first time. We realized that we had never been exposed to truly fresh olive oil. The concept of eating healthy has always been important to us, but the olive oils that we previously bought at our local grocers could not come close to the flavor and richness of these genuinely fresh oils. This is how J. Olive Co. was born, out of our desire to make available the freshest and healthiest olive oils and vinegars to our community.” — The James Family

J. Olive is a tasting bar. When people come in they like to show them how they can sip olive oil and not be afraid of it. The store associates mix together olive oils with balsamic and show people popular pairings that way they can find something they really enjoy.

J. Olive employee Ruth Allison McMillin  explains a steak marinade that has been very popular.

FullSizeRender-19J. Olive also offers gift baskets.  If you’re looking for a corporate gift, birthday gift or house warming gift, then they can put together a gift basket for you and personalize it to your liking.

“We also do after-hour tastings or parties here at our store,” McMillin said. “You can bring your own bottle of wine, bring your own salad and we will make you a salad dressing and you can taste what we have here.”

Some popular pairings include: Almond Oil and Raspberry Balsamic, Blood Orange Oil and Cranberry Pear Balsamic, Chipotle Oil and Serrano Honey Vinegar, Milanese Gremolata Oil and Sicilian Lemon Balsamic plus many, many more.

Next Friday, April 17, J. Olive invites everyone to come to their ribbon cutting where they will have food catered to the store and tastings going on throughout the day. The following Saturday, April 18, is their grand opening.

“We have been open 3 weeks now. We have had really great walk in traffic coming in. We haven’t even had our grand opening yet and sales have been great so far. People are loving it,” McMillin said.

Brittany Bugg is a HottyToddy.com staff writer and can be reached at brittanybugg@hottytoddy.com.

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