Sandy Burn hopes to bring some flavor to downtown with her new business venture.
Burn, an entrepreneur from Greenville, has opened the doors to Olive and Then Some in a 2,300-square-foot space at 124 Magnolia St.
The store is an offshoot of Palmetto Olive Oil, a business she opened in 2011 off Augusta Street with her business partners Charlotte and Michael Easler. It is a taste-first retailer of premium traditional and flavored olive oils, other gourmet oils and balsamic vinegars.
“This is really exciting,” Burn said. “We’re hoping to become a destination that attracts customers and helps energize other businesses in downtown.”
Burn’s space blends historic charm with a modern, upscale boutique. The entrance has three brick archways and mosaic tile flooring leading to the front door.
The interior is illuminated by two skylights and a large rear window. It has wood floors, exposed brick, rustic furnishings, an earthy paint scheme and shelves lined with bottled oils and vinegars.
Customers are greeted at the door and ushered in to taste the goods before purchasing them. A piece of fresh-baked ciabatta bread dipped into olive oil, a dollop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with balsamic vinegar and brownies infused with flavored olive oil are meant to tantalize the taste buds.
All of Burn’s vinegar varieties are imported from Italy and aged at least 18 years. The owner has eight flavors of white balsamics, 13 dark balsamics and a 25-year-old sherry vinegar from Spain.
Burn sources her oils from a distributor in California. They are rotated every six months between producers in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Her current stock is of the Southern Hemisphere vintage from countries like Australia, Chile and South Africa.
The olive oil varieties include 16 flavors and the gourmet oils include roasted walnut, roasted sesame and white truffle.
Burn’s products come in three bottle sizes that range from $11 to $39.
The owner said her products have become popular with customers looking to cut calories out of their diets without sacrificing flavor. They also make great gift ideas.
Olive and Then Some’s regular operating hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thursday when it will stay open until 6 p.m. The store will be closed Sunday.
Burn said she will have after-hours tastings for small groups and hopes to host guest chefs and other fun activities.
“In Greenville, we’ve sort of become the place where people bring their out-of-town guests,” Burn said. “We want to have fun with it. I think we’re well-positioned to make an impact in Spartanburg.”
Olive and Then Some has partnered with the Cowpens Farmer’s Market to serve as a vendor and will offer free tastings at the Hub City Farmer’s Market.
Burn said she will bring in paintings and pottery from local and regional artists, opening up her store to be included in the Spartanburg Art Walk. She is mulling a number of promotions, including a $100 gift basket giveaway.
The owner said she has hired five employees for the store and hopes to add several more positions during the holidays. She will take part in the Junior League of Spartanburg’s 25th annual Santa’s Shoppe this year.
Burn said she is also seeking to partner with other local stores for promotional and business opportunities.
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