Business Spotlight: Mountain Town Olive Oil
Mountain Town Olive Oil is a Park City based company that aims to provide customers with the best olive oils and vinegars the world has to offer.
I chatted with Jessica McCleary—owner of Mountain Town Olive Oil on Main Street. Her goal is to not only sell extra virgin olive oil and Balsamic vinegar but to be a resource regarding how these liquids are used.
How did you end up in Park City?
I moved here for a position with Sundance Catalog. I thought I would be here for a year, and now I am coming up on 12 years in Utah!
How and when did you first get the idea for your business?
I first got the idea in August of 2009 and we opened 3 months later! I actually started my career in retail as a buyer for Papyrus stationery and Williams Sonoma cookware before I began working at the catalog. I merged my experience as a buyer with my passion for cooking and experimenting with recipes. The nutrition aspect is important to me. Extra virgin olive oil is so great for your digestive, brain and heart health. It’s a healthier alternative and I wanted to share this with the public.
How has Mountain Town Olive Oil Co. evolved since 2009?
We have grown in size, in selection, and in offering different experiences. At first, it was just tasting oils and vinegars. Now we have spice blends, flavored salts, gourmet foods, and a wide selection of gifts and accessories for the home.
Can you tell us about your bottle recycling program?
We offer refills on our 375ml bottle for 20% off. All you need to do is clean your bottle after use and we can refill with any flavor. It is a great way to save some money and also reuse the bottle.
What are your most popular and sought after products?
Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and our 18 Year Aged Balsamic Vinegar.
Are you working on anything new that we should know about?
In the past year, we have started offering a food and wine pairing class called the Next Course. A private chef demonstrates how to make each recipe and guests get to taste everything. After the class is over, the students get to take the recipes, cooking methods and a shopping list of ingredients home. They also receive a free mini bottle as well as a discount to shop in the store afterwards. Past Next Course themes include Paleo, Festive Finger Foods, Irish Feast, Champagne Brunch and After Ski Snacks.
The whole point is to show the class how to use the oils and vinegars that are found in the store. So many times people tell me how much they love the oils and vinegars we have, but they don’t know how to use them. That hurts my heart, because I want customers to use these products to enhance their cooking.
What’s your favorite aspect about your job?
I love evolving my business and making it fun and exciting not only for me, but also for our customers.
Stop by Mountain Town Olive Oil on Main Street today and redeem 20% off the Purchase of 2 or more Full Sized Bottles (valid through 3/31/20) – OR – 10% off your Next Course Food & Wine Pairing Class (valid through 7/31/20).