If you shop in the store Love That Olive
in Maple Grove, you can understand exactly why owner Terri Chaffer gave the store that name.
“I absolutely love our olive oil because it’s real olive oil. It's healthy and it helps our body inside and out,” says Chaffer. “We want people to learn about the taste. We want people to learn to incorporate it because it’s healthy for our heart, for our skin, and for lowering our cholesterol.”
Chaffer has sold olive oil and balsamic vinegars in Maple Grove for seven years. Two years ago, she decided to start buying her olive oil directly from a grower outside of Rome, Italy.
“We are the only ones who buy directly from him, so I place my order from Italy and it comes right to me, so we have not had a price increase for several years now,” says Chaffer, who expects her olive oil prices to remain the same, despite shoppers seeing higher prices in the grocery store. “There’s not as much olive oil in production, but we do not go through the exchange.”
Chaffer has also expanded her store since rebranding. She has more than doubled its size and sells gourmet cooking items, beauty products, soaps, and party ideas all with a focus on olives.
Shannon Slatton, reporting
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March 6, 2017