It was their culinary experiences while traveling abroad that inspired Bruce Bushey and Janet Richards to open The Olive Branch Oil & Spice Company, where they offer international olive oils, Italian balsamic vinegars, spices and seasonings.
“[After] traveling through Europe and tasting olive oils along the way, we knew there were better products out there,” Bushey says. “We decided we would bring an olive oil store to White Bear Lake.”
In June 2018, the couple decided to retire and sold the store to an employee. In September 2020, Bushey says, “Our landlord called us and asked if we would consider coming back ... Had it been any other city than White Bear Lake, I doubt very much that we would have done it.” Coaxed out of retirement, the owners returned and reopened shop.
If you’re looking to sample a particularly fragrant olive oil, Bushey recommends the Mediterranean Medley, an oil flavored with oregano, garlic, rosemary and basil.
The Olive Branch Oil & Spice Company
4770 Banning Ave.
The Olive Branch Oil Spice Company