Last Saturday I had the opportunity to check out the grand opening of a local EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) store right in the heart of Sundance Square. This store particularly is held dear to my heart because it was a retail design project I helped work on. There's nothing better than helping a local business and hearing how they got started and seeing their passion come through in their products and mission.
Now, like most people, I had no idea what to expect from a store that only sells oils and vinegar, but as soon as you walk through the doors you're taken a back by aisles of large polished stainless steel tanks. I have never seen so many options of balsamic vinegars, infused oils, handmade handsoaps and exotic seasonings. The owner Charles, has a wealth of knowledge regarding the EVOO industry and can teach you so many lessons in the care and process of selecting and making his organic/fresh oils.
Don't know where to start or what to try first? No problem. All of the store employees are super helpful and you have free reign to sample anything. Bear in mind it is olive oil, so I wouldn't gulp down a whole bunch. A couple swishes here and there, and my husband and I can totally appreciate the flavors and freshness of the ingredients. You can definitely taste the difference from the Virgin Oliver Oiler oils vs from a regular grocery store. When we were at the grand opening, there was even a calligraphy artist hand engraving complimentary bottles with your purchase.
The store brings to you a little bit of Old World Tuscany and the Mediterranean right here in Ft. Worth. The design of the store evokes the charm of old world with the crisp white carrera countertops and accents of hand painted Italian ceramic tiles. Although the footprint of the store is small, there's no denial of the large amount of care put into their customer service and quality of products.
My husband and I may have completely converted and are hooked on this store. If you're also looking for cute gifts for loved ones and your foodie friends, you'lol be sure to find something here. It will be well worth what you pay for. I even hear the owner has classes with hor'dorves and wine, sounds like a great time and am looking forward to it. So if you're ever in the DFW area and looking for that special ingredient to add to your repertoire of cooking staples or just want to taste what's in your local market, I highly recommend stopping by this boutique store!