The shop, now under construction at 205 Brooklea Dr., next to Fringe, will specialize in a wide variety of olive oils — and more.
“It will have between 40 and 50 varieties of olive oils and balsamic vinegars, with a tasting bar, a similar concept to a winery,” said Watts. “People can come in and try them, and we’ll offer different pairings of oils and vinegars. That’s the main part of the business.”
Olives on Brooklea will also sell related products, said Watts, including gourmet salts, spices and some work by local artists.”
Watts said she had visited a similar store about a year and a half ago, then her sister-in-law took her to F. Oliver’s Oils & Vinegars in Canandaigua, another store specializing in a wide variety of olive oils.
There are a few other such stores scattered around the country. In McLean. Va.’s upscale Tyson’s Corner Mall near Washington, D.C., Under the Olive Tree does something similar.
But the big push for Watts moving forward with her store came from listening to author Tom Mueller on NPR’s “Fresh Air” program talking about his book, “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil.”
“It was absolutely fascinating how much of the olive oil we buy off the shelf is corrupted by other oils, so I got really interested in this whole concept” of selling top-grade olive oils, said Watts.
The store is scheduled to open in September. Express checkout
Tearney’s Tearney’s Martial Arts has consolidated into the school’s newest location, in the Home Depot plaza, next to Staples in Camillus. And just a few months after Tearney, earlier in the summer, said he was going to keep the Tearney’s in Onondaga open, the wheelbarrow backed up.
“I got the proverbial offer I couldn’t refuse,” said Tearney. “Pure Energy offered to buy my building on Onondaga Boulevard, even though we were dead-set on keeping both schools open. When they made the offer, I couldn’t refuse.”
Two-hundred students from that branch moved over to the new school on Milton Avenue, said Tearney.
“I’ve got to tell you, we are totally blessed,” said Tearney. “It’s the best thing we could have done. I’ve set up 12 schools since 1969 and this is by far my crowning achievement. Enrollment has gone up 65 percent. It’s been great.”
While we’re out in the western suburbs, know that Jackie Clary, the new owner of the Curves health club in Fairmount, has big plans. Clary is moving Curves to 5320 W. Genesee St., near Camillus Commons.
“We will re-open the day after Labor Day and I will be offering great membership specials for both new and returning members and also a great sign-up rate for teachers,” said Clary. “We have Circuit Zumba several times per week including Zumba Gold.”
Clary said the club also accepts Silver Sneakers and Silver and Fit insurance.
The McDonald’s restaurant in Nedrow is closed and undergoing a tear down and rebuild.
Paul Ross, the owner of that and other locally franchised Mickey D’s, said he’s reinvesting in Nedrow and the Valley for his longtime customers. The place is 40 years old.
“It was time to put it away and build something new and exciting,” said Ross, who said McDonald’s requires franchisees to rebuild their oldest buildings.
The old McDonald’s will be torn down in the next few days and the new one built over the next few months, with an anticipated opening the second week of November.
“Tell all of those people on the south side who have been my customers for 40 years we’re taking a time out and bringing them something new and exciting,” said Ross, who did the same at his Cicero and other area McDonald’s.
You may have caught this on the Store Front blog Wednesday, but Cabela’s has announced its newest stores to be built over the next two years. New York state still isn’t on track for one, which means another once-hoped-for retailer at a location near Destiny USA — think Inner Harbor — still isn’t to be.
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