Downtown Durham’s Brightleaf Square is getting a new tenant; specialty grocer Bull City Olive Oil is set to open in the historic shopping district later this month.
Owner Julie Steinhauer, inspired by a similar shop she visited at the coast a few years back, plans on stocking the shop with ultra-premium extra-virgin olive oil (UP EVOO), high-end vinegars and other gourmet items.
“I want the shop to have a European market feel,” Steinhauer said in a recent interview.
According the shop’s press release, UP EVOO is a designation given to oils made from single-cultivar olives that have been pressed within hours of being harvested. Steinhauer also plans to source her oils seasonally by hemisphere, offering her customers product that is at its peak freshness.
Besides the premium olive oils and vinegars Steinhauer also plans to have a number of grab-and-go items for customers, including salamis from Salumi Artisan Cured Meats in Seattle, the Italian salumeria and specialty shop founded by Mario Batali’s parents.
“As far as I know I am the only person in North Carolina who will have their products,” Steinhauer said.
Steinhauer plans on opening an online store in September, but customers can also purchase hostess gifts, order wedding favors and arrange gift baskets in person at the shop.
Bull City Olive Oil will be open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, with extended hours during the holiday season.
For more information find them on Facebook at facebook.com/bullcityoliveoil/.
Matt Lardie is a Durham-based food and travel writer. He writes the Eat Write Go blog: eatwritego.com. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org