I love visiting all kinds of local shops for these photo spotlights but when they sell food I’m especially happy to stop by! 🙂 Little House of Olive Oils located downtown at 5 Main Street in Franklin is a relatively new small business (they opened 9 months ago) but has already gained many fans including myself. I first went in during the downtown Harvest Stroll in October and like so many others was blown away by the variety of items sold. Not only do they carry olive oils and balsamic vinegars, but they also sell pastas imported from Italy, skin care and soaps containing olive oil, a variety of sea salts & spices, gourmet olives & pesto, fresh basil, local honey, and accessories suited for all that olive oil including spouts and dishes for dipping.
Owner Tracey Wilkinson and her husband Mike are both well versed in the store’s stock and are always willing to help customers navigate the large selection of oils & vinegars. And I do mean large, they sell close to 50 varieties combined! Espresso, Mission Fig (my fave!), Tuscan Herb, Persian Lime, Black Truffle and Raspberry are just a few of the flavors sold. Each flavor has a tag on the dispenser describing the flavor and you’ll also find both recipe & pairing cards throughout the store to help you choose the right item. During my visit Mike explained that they use a distributor from California who infuses the flavors into the olive oils and vinegar then distributes them to the buyer. Everything is the highest quality and if you have any doubts, customers are encouraged to sample the different flavors before they purchase it. Each flavor is also available in a variety of sizes ranging from 60ml up to 750ml so you can easily try a variety of flavors before committing to a larger bottle.
Another thing that I really appreciated was seeing that other local shops have items for sale at the Little House of Olive Oils. Franklin Honey, Buzz 10 (located in Medway), Cake Bar & my favorite shop Fiori all have items for sale on their shelves. Speaking of shelves, one thing you’ll notice during your visit is the thought & care put into the displays. These aren’t your average boring shelves. Mike has excellent carpenter skills and made the shelves used by the oils/vinegars out of church pews, others are made from large pieces of timber. It really helps add to the character & warmth of the shop.
With the holidays quickly approaching, The Little House of Olive Oils is the perfect place to shop for your friends & family. There is something for everyone and if you’re like me you’ll buy a few items for yourself too. A nice variety of gift bags & small crates are also available if you’d like to create a custom gift. If you’re looking for something pre-made and ready to go they also stock beautiful gift baskets in a variety of sizes. Michelle from Fiori does an amazing job of creating some of their baskets. In the past, Fiori and the Little Shop of Olive Oils have co-hosted tasting events that also featured goodies made by the Cake Bar located around the corner. Such an awesome collaboration by local businesses.
For more information including their hours, the many health benefits of olive oil, delicious recipes, “Flavor of the Week” (discount applies) or to shop their products online be sure to visit their site https://www.shopevoo.com. Happy shopping!! 🙂