I love exploring Kitsilano due to the delightful treasures you find in the neighborhood! One of these finds is the Vancouver Olive Oil Company (VOOC) on West Broadway!
The owner Michaelanne Buckley is not only (Shania Twain) beautiful, she has a personality to match! This is not surprising when you meet her feisty mother Trisha LeVatte who is the full time manager and an enormous support to Michaelanne & the business! Sister Jenna is also a big part of the store and brother in law Matt is the website master. Yes, a family run business which gives off that welcoming vibe when you enter the shop. Other team members include Becky, Erin and Ambrea who are a wonderful addition to the friendly environment!
This Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar tasting room opened in Jan 2012 and was the first of its kind in BC! VOOC paved the way for this unique concept but did not come without a few initial hurdles. Walking into the warm & rustic room you are drawn to the numerous stainless steel containers called Fusti. There are 12+ fused and 12+ infused different olive oils & over 25 dark/white balsamic vinegars imported from Modena Italy. (My favorite is the Maple Balsamic Condimento!) In the heart of their tasting room there are 12 single cultivar extra virgin olive oils! Veronica Foods in California is VOOC’s distributor.
Private tastings are very popular for groups of 10-20 people. It is amazing what you will learn! 10% of any sales go to a local charity of the group’s choice! VOOC are avid charity supporters of numerous local organizations and causes such as Canuck Place, The Food Bank & local schools. They also take pride in being a launching pad for many Vancouver artisans!
Michaelanne and her family originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia moved to Vancouver 23 years ago. After working as a landscaper for many years she changed her career due to other aspirations! When she is not at the shop she is busy with VOOC business & enjoying time with her son & husband. Ms. Buckley comes from a long line of pharmacists and if her last name sounds a touch familiar that is because her great uncle & great grandfather developed the infamous Buckley’s Cough Syrup! (Don’t worry none of her products taste anything like this notorious medicine!)
Take a stroll down Broadway and check out why the Vancouver Sun, Globe & Mail, WE, Local TV, Yelp, The Courier & the restaurant industry are talking about this popular store! I dare you not to walk in when you peek through the window. Happy Tasting!
2571 West Broadway
Website : Vancouver Olive Oil Company
Facebook: Vancouver Olive Oil Company