We are a family business. What sets us apart from other businesses is a welcoming atmosphere with customers connecting with us and with others in the neighborhood. Friendly, personal, service. We focus on artisans and small producers who are proud of the products and services they provide. Unique food products you might not find in other stores around Boston. We have met many of these artisans and visited their homes – we only sell food and olive oils we have tried and like ourselves.
We bring artisan tastes to your table. And we only have the freshest and latest harvest olive oils. Many times we have the first day of harvest and Olio Nuovo for a taste treat.
We offer one-of-a-kind gifts for every host and hostess, personally selected gift baskets for every price point and taste. Tailor made for your friends and family.
Meet Carol, Morry, and Charles
Carol loves to work in an environment and business where she meets new people, offering advice to customers and learning from them as well. Service goes beyond what is expected. It creates a relationship where you as the shopper comes to trust not only the store but the people who work there. High energy, creative, and positive, Carol spent over 40 years in retailing, most of those years at Crate and Barrel. Cooking and entertaining is a passion for her. Carol was a student of Julia Child, and feels the store is an extension of the hospitality in her home. She enjoys the hunt for new products, building relationships with vendors, and meeting people with the same passion.
Morry got his start in the food business as a kid in a family hot dog stand in Chicago. At Olive Connection, his responsibility is to meet and greet all the people that walk into the store and give them a great experience they’ll remember and share with their friends. Morry’s 30 years as a teacher and assistant principal in the Brookline School system means that many Olive Connection customers and parents were his students. After retiring, Morry was a tour guide at Fenway Park for 10 years, a ski ambassador at Killington Mt, and a chaser for a hot air balloon company in Vermont. Now at the store and at farmers markets, he is the guy with the big smile welcoming you and sharing his passion for food.
CJ (Charles) never thought about going into business with his parents, but when the idea began, he was all in. The store allows us each to experience our own passions with food and ingredients. CJ grew up in Brookline, went to culinary school in Cambridge, and spent nine years in Colorado working at ski resorts and cooking. What lured him back to Boston was the opportunity to be part of the family business. His job focuses on cultivating relationships with artisans and brands that share the same passion for healthy, fresh, farm-to-table ingredients. CJ makes sure the store is well stocked and merchandised and that customers are happy with their choices.