Oh, Olive!

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Oh Olive

When asked how the family got into the olive oil business, Sandy Schuenemann smiles and says, “I have two passions besides my family; teaching and cooking”.  A former teacher, principal and associate superintendent, she has transitioned from teaching students and teachers to educating clients about the healthy benefits of consuming fresh extra virgin olive oil.  “We have the entire family involved in the business; my niece Mary Koval is a partner, as well as my son Aaron and his wife, Alecia.”  Aaron and Alecia, both long time marathon runners, appreciate not only the exceptional taste of the products, but also the healthy antioxidants gained from consuming them. 

From Aaron’s point of view,” It’s obvious that I am a health nut; who runs 26 miles just for fun?  So, I am impressed with the fact that I am consuming a product that is both healthy and tastes good.  We can offer the consumer the nutritional and chemistry information on our oils so that they can make their own educated decisions about what they purchase, as well as providing them with a product that will enhance the taste of anything they eat.  You don’t have to be a chef to use our products; it’s really simple, and we teach you how.”  Sandy’s husband Art, a former purchasing manager, handles all of the inventory, orders, building issues and general management of the stores.

Dedicated to educating clients about the delicious and healthy properties of some exceptional oils and vinegars, Oh, Olive provides a unique experience in tasting and learning.  The stores are staffed with olive oil experts and enthusiasts who are knowledgeable about the oils and vinegars, especially how to use them in everything from appetizers to desserts.  All of their recipes are available online or in the stores. For the novice cook or foodie, Oh Olive provides an environment and experience that is fun and educational! 

Oh Olive stores have been noted as excellent spots to purchase some of the “great olive oil in America” by Tom Mueller (New York Times) in his recent book, Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil.  They have also been featured in the business sections of the Daily Herald, Sun Times, Triblocal, Glenview Lantern, and Pioneer Press.  You can visit Oh, Olive! at one of these locations:

606 North Milwaukee, Libertyville
1971 Tower Drive, Glenview (in The Glen)
Chicago, 904 West Armitage (Lincoln Park)
Chicago, The French Market (Ogilvie Station)

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