Olio's Market to open on the west side to sell olive oil and products that pair with it
10/14/2013 5:00 AM
10/14/2013 5:29 AM
WICHITA — A vacation to Branson was the start of an idea that's now turning into a new business for Lisa and John Madden.
The couple – she's a customer relations specialist with Bombardier, and he's in the Navy – were at Branson Landing when they came across a store devoted to selling olive oil.
They've been to similar stores in Kansas City and St. Louis "just to get a vibe for how they operate," Lisa Madden says.
They're now opening their own store, Olio's Market, at 10051 W. 21st St., next to LaMar's Donuts.
Olio is the Italian word for oil.
Olive oil is mainly what Olio's will carry, but it also will have products that go well with oil, such as bread, pasta, and pizza crust. The store also will carry a line of salts, jam and pesto.
Lisa Madden says the oils Olio's will carry will be about quality and variety.
"Most of the oils you buy in the supermarket don't tell you when they were crushed or pressed ... and they don't tell you the nutritional value," she says.
Hers will have that information, Madden says.
The store will have 10 kinds of oils that are pressed from different olives. Madden says they'll be pressed and sold within a six-month window.
There will be another 10 kinds of flavored oils, such as blood orange and basil-infused oil, on a seasonal basis.
Customers will be able to sample the oils, which Madden says "is a really cool thing."
Wichita Top Jobs
WSU Enengineering Technology & Mechanical Engineering
AUDIOLOGY & HEARING AID SERV.
DERBY, CITY OF
ADVANCED ORTHOPAEDICS ASSOCIAT
Join the Discussion
The Wichita Eagle is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.