The Stamatopoulos family started conducting blind-taste tests at the farmers markets with their olive oil against oils from other shops. The group even sent some oil to the UC Davis Olive Center to have it tested for quality.
“We are trying to sell something that is unlike what you will see in any other store,” co-owner Dennis Stamatopoulos said. “When you look at the back of an olive oil bottle at a Whole Foods store, it will say mixed with Spanish, Greek or Italian olive oil; all these different types of olives and seeds of harvest. Our olives come from one farm in Greece that our family owns.”
Our olives come from one farm in Greece that our family owns.”
The store will also feature other items from Greece, and the family hopes the store will be an expression of its heritage and the products that Greece offers.
“I was in Greece, and there was a lot of unrest in the area,” Grigorios Stamatopoulos said. “There was a lot of worry about the financial situation in Greece, but I felt there were a lot of great products that could be marketed.”Greek olive oil shop opening in Ann Arbor,