Oil may not be the first thing you think of when considering healthy food options, but fresh olive oil contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that have been shown to lower cholesterol, among other benefits. A versatile accompaniment to countless recipes, locally sourced and organic foods like this are often a luxury expense that many people can’t justify.
Working to change that is Ashleigh Tresso, the new owner of Bumble Olive Oil Company, her first experience as a small business owner. Hailing from East Toledo, Tresso now lives in South Toledo with her husband Kevin and their 14-month-old son Tucker.
Convenience and variety
The new store opened on October 1, completing the move from Franklin Park Mall—a direct result of overwhelming customer requests. “Honestly, our biggest complaint from customers was that our location wasn’t convenient,” said Tresso. “The parking situation wasn’t good for them if they were just coming to see us, and with the loft space we have now, we have room to grow.” She also mentioned that the neighboring shops and residents from the nearby Old Orchard community have given them a warm welcome.
The Cricket West store is the former site of Wrap ‘N Ship, and is a fresh change. With natural-wood shelving and an organized display of oil bottles, it’s easy for customers to find what they need. Another perk: Bumble offers a full-service tasting bar. Anything you see on the shelves, from fresh olive oils to pesto and jam, is available for you to try before you buy.
Tools for healthy living
Plans for the second floor include a kitchen for hosting classes and events. Currently, Bumble Olive Oil has an ongoing special, $5 off any Flavor of the Week bottle. Tresso anticipates that they’ll carry locally sourced bulk spices and rub blends in the near future.
“My goal is to stay here . . . We’ll be in Toledo forever, in my mind,” Tresso said. She plans to open a second location in either Maumee or Perrysburg next summer.
“One of my main goals is to make our products accessible, at a price where everyone can come in and buy something that’s good for them, that’s healthy,” said Tresso. “It’s important to me for you to leave knowing exactly where our products are from, why they’re great for you, and how you can use them.”
Visit Bumble Olive Oil’s new location at 3137 W. Central Ave. in the Cricket West Shopping Plaza. 11am-7pm Monday-Saturday, noon-4pm Sunday. 419-509-7402 , bumbleoliveoil.com.