Olive Branch, a speciality olive oil and balsamic store, will open at the Uptown Gig Harbor Shopping Center on Tuesday.
While the location will be new, the business opened 20 years ago in downtown Gig Harbor. It moved after three years because the property on which it was located was sold.
The store has bounced around to the Key Peninsula and Olympia, and it will return to Gig Harbor for a grand opening.
The store falls under the umbrella of “A Taste of Eden,” a bakery and gourmet foods producer in Chehalis. Daniel Mumford and his wife, Crissie, will own and operate the Gig Harbor store.
The store features a plethora of olive oils and balsamics, and it focuses on natural ingredients.
“A lot of other companies have fillers,” Daniel Mumford said. “We produced this line ourselves.
“It’s completely natural,” he said. “We’re trying to appeal to the speciality market. The funny thing is, people don’t realize what they’re eating and putting in their bodies. The wave of the future is people that are conscious of what they’re eating and try to get as much natural food as possible.”
The company focuses on producing gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free products, to name a few. Its priority is to use high-quality, natural ingredients and to stay away from artificial sweeteners.
The company also produces a variety of baked goods and breads, but it won’t be able to sell any of them at Uptown because of a non-competition clause. Panera Bread will be one of the company’s neighbors.
Olive Branch has bounced around to different areas because it’s outgrown the spaces it’s been in, Mumford said.
“We’ve traveled where we can find space,” he said. “It’s a lot of work. We’ve done different things and transitioned along the way.”
In addition, Olive Branch will make an appearance at the Puyallup Farmers’ Market, which has been a boon to business, Mumford said. With the Gig Harbor store location, Olive Branch will be closer to its Puyallup clientele, in addition to customers on the Gig Harbor and Key peninsulas.
Mumford said returning to Gig Harbor always has been in his mind.
“It’s just a great area,” he said. “It’s an awesome place to be, a relaxing place to shop. My best years have been living in Gig Harbor.
“I feel very much at home in the harbor,” he added. “When we moved to Olympia, a piece of me wanted to get back here.”
The store will open at 10 a.m. April 1 and feature various specials throughout the week.Reporter Jon Manley can be reached at 253-358-4151 or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter, @gateway_jon.