Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders moves in Old Town
Corner location increases showroom and storage space
COTTONWOOD - Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders owners Mike Kilpatrick and Dawn Waltman have moved their business in Old Town Cottonwood a few doors down Main Street. The store was originally opened in July 2010 at 1014 N. Main. It was relocated March 26 to a corner location at 1002 N. Main.
Mike said he and Dawn have bought the building the business is located in.
The new retail location greatly increases the floor space for the business. Mike said the larger showroom allows them to better display their olive oil and balsamic vinegars. The added space, according to Mike, provides much more storage area, allowing the business to order product in larger quantities.
"We also have a much larger shipping area," Mike said. "We're shipping more than ever before."
An open area between the showroom and storage areas will be used for special events and cooking demonstrations.
"We'll soon have a commercial kitchen," Mike explained. That will allow the business to have guest chefs put on demonstrations of how to cook with the store's olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The first special guest chef will be Michelle Jurisin. Mike said there will be more chefs from the area featured, including from Jerome and Sedona.
Another added advantage to the increased space is that the business can offer two fully accessible handicapped restrooms. Mike said they did not have that luxury at the original location.
The Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders has been a very successful business since it opened. In less than one year after opening, Mike and Dawn opened a second location at 403 Clark St., B-12, in Jerome. That store opened June 4, 2011.
"We're still a small, simple retail business focused on selling imported and fresh olive oils and balsamic vinegars," Mike said. "Our success has been the cooperation of the other businesses in Old Town and the local residents."
Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.