ALTON — Olive Oil Marketplace, 108 W. Third St., recently updated its inventory. Owners Tim and Julie Meeks say they are excited to show the community what new goodies they have in stock.
This might come as a surprise, but the shop’s new inventory isn’t just olive oils. While some of the new product is indeed oils and balsamics (such as the blood orange olive oil and the white garlic balsamic), there is a plethora of new and exciting products.
“We sell a lot more than oil,” Julie Meeks said. “We are a marketplace.”
One of the exciting new products is a line of sea salt and seasoning blends Tim and Julie custom order from a dealer. These new salts range from Hawaiian to smoked bacon, where the flavor is infused right into the product.
“With other sea salt and seasoned salt blends, the product can stay in a warehouse for an unknown amount of time,” Tim said. “Our product comes straight from the dealer after it has been infused, so we know the freshness.”
While the seasonings and sea salts are among Tim’s favorite new items, there is plenty more to see at Olive Oil Marketplace.
The business opened up two and a half years ago, and the biggest change they went through was about a year ago when they started to increase their inventory. They expanded their product line to included a cupcake section and a baking ware section. The baking ware section includes dishes and design patterns from the Cake Boss line of products, endorsed by the reality show of the same name.
In a back corner, the Meeks have their stuffed olives. While they have had stuffed olives for a while, they have just expanded their inventory and now carry 14 to 15 types of stuffed olives. In this same corner of the store, they carry two products with an interesting name and taste — Duck Butter and Goose Poop. The products are made by The Gringo Goose company. While they have carried Goose Poop for awhile now, Duck Butter is a new addition. The Goose Poop is a sweet pepper relish the company says goes on everything. The newly added Duck Butter is a sweet mustard horseradish sauce. Both of these products do carry a warning, though: “May contain trace amounts of QUACK!”
“Overall our business has been great,” Tim said. Along with the Alton location and the three others in Belleville, Staunton and Grafton, one can see why.
“Keep an eye on us,” Tim said. “We are growing.”
Tim mentioned there will be even more new developments this year. With these developments and the new inventory, such as the Nuwave ovens and their new pasta, there is much more to Olive Oil Marketplace than just oil. As Julie put it, “We have a little dab of everything.”