OLIVE TREE FINE OILS + VINEGARS RELOCATES, EXPANDS TO FEATURE COOKING CLASSES
The new space is twice the size with a full demo kitchen to accommodate cooking instruction
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Olive Tree, a seven-year-old, locally-owned olive oil and balsamic vinegars shop in Overland Park, has relocated to a larger space to accommodate customers’ requests for experiential cooking classes and locally-made food and kitchen gift items.
The new Olive Tree store, which opened April 23 at 7044 W. 105th St. (located in the Metcalf 103 Center on the southeast corner of 103rd and Metcalf), has already started attracting attention with its first few cooking classes and a full classroom of students.
“We’re so thrilled to have the space to serve our customers and conduct classes regularly in a real kitchen,” said store owner Mindy Riley. “When I first opened my store seven years ago I wasn’t even thinking about cooking classes or working with local chefs for demos, so to have the space is so exciting.
“We understand the trend and demand for building experiences and making memories with friends and family. Our cooking demo classes are a perfect fit for our business!”
The store first opened in Hawthorne Plaza in 2011 after Mindy left a career of mortgage lending. She had been widowed with one daughter and mortgage lending was a good career for her and her daughter and as a single mom.
Her dream came alive after she married David Riley in 2008. He discovered Mindy’s love of all things cooking and they began to develop a business plan for Olive Tree together.
“Even as a child, I loved to cook and learned a lot of my cooking skills from my grandmother. When the other kids were watching Saturday morning cartoons, I was glued to my favorite cooking shows and couldn’t get enough of Julia Child and The Galloping Gourmet,” Mindy remembers.
In addition to his full-time job, her husband David Riley has been instrumental in helping open the new store complete with a full demo kitchen and student classroom space. Olive Tree intends to offer as many as five to ten cooking classes a month featuring well-known local chefs and up-and-coming amateur cooks. Some of the classes already scheduled include: Chef Jasper Mirabile of Jasper’s Restaurant, who opened the store with the first cooking class along with others: Chef JC Gregg, Craig Jones, Judith Fertig, and more.
The retail side of the store will continue to feature extra-virgin, infused and flavored olive oils from seven different countries and aged balsamic vinegars that come from Modena, Italy.
“Whether you’re making a salad dressing, a marinade, cocktails, a dip for bread, or simply cooking or baking, our store gives the customer a unique experience of creating and tasting custom blends of oil and vinegars,” Mindy said.
With more space, Olive Tree is able to expand its retail section to feature more locally-made and artisan bulk spices, sauces, tapenades, jarred olives, gift baskets and kitchen accessories. In all the new store is about 2,400 square feet.
For more information, please visit www.OliveTreeKC.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/OliveTreeKC and on Instagram at instagram.com/olivetreekc1/. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays starting in June.# # #