October 17, 2023

Small businesses are the backbone of our communities, injecting character, innovation, and vitality into our cities and towns. Small Business Week (October 15 – 21) is a time to recognize and celebrate these local gems that contribute so much to our economy and culture.

We had a chance to sit down with five amazing local business owners and hear their thoughts, key successes, their favourite spots in Oakville and what’s up next for their businesses.

This interview is with Natalie Kennedy from The Splendid Olive.

SMALL BUSINESS: The Splendid Olive

Co-owner – Natalie Kennedy

Nestled in Kerr Village, Oakville, The Splendid Olive is a culinary treasure trove that caters to the discerning palates of food enthusiasts and connoisseurs.  This boutique store is a haven for those who appreciate the finer things in life, with a focus on exceptional olive oils, vinegars, and gourmet delicacies.  Whether you are building your pantry or gifting a friend or loved one, the Splendid Olive is a small family-owned one-stop shop dedicated to bringing high-quality products to the community.

What’s a fun fact about your business that people might not know?

What brings most folks to The Splendid Olive is the quest for delicious olive oil. But what keeps them coming back? It’s discovering the remarkable health benefits of our fresh EVOO when they visit. It’s not just about taste; it’s about nourishing well-being, and that’s why our customers become devoted to our products.

What’s the most popular item in your store?

There are two items that are neck and neck for most popular. First is our most recent addition which is a Koroneiki Greek EVOO that comes from fourth generation growers in the south region of Greece. It’s incredibly healthy with a super high polyphenol count and a herbaceous rich flavour. The other most popular item is a staple in all of our customer pantries, our Traditional Cask 18 balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy. We receive people coming back time and time again for it, even having to hide it from their family members so it isn’t gone too quick!

What sets your business apart from competitors?

We are proud to be a women owned business that’s independently owned and operated. We source all our products ourselves from the best suppliers in the world, working only with growers and suppliers that certify the quality of their products. We know that what we’re sharing with our community is top notch, premium quality olive oil with incredible health benefits.

Can you share some of the key milestones and successes your business has achieved?

One of our proudest moments was stepping out independently this year and rebranding as The Splendid Olive. We’ve been able to expand our product range of best-in-class EVOO’s and we also carry a variety of unique and gourmet pantry items. Most importantly, we’ve received heartwarming feedback from customers who’ve experienced the health benefits of our olive oils, which is a driving force for our purpose.

What or where is your favourite place in Oakville?

Kerr Village, where our store is located, holds a special place in our hearts. The sense of community here is remarkable. We love exploring the local shops, enjoying meals at charming restaurants, and taking leisurely strolls by the lake. Oakville’s picturesque waterfront, with its parks and trails, is also a favorite spot for relaxation and inspiration.

What advice would you offer to aspiring entrepreneurs looking to start their own small businesses?
Our advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to be authentic and passionate about your business. Believe in the value you bring to your community and stay committed to maintaining high standards. Embrace every opportunity to learn and adapt, as flexibility is key in the ever-evolving business landscape. Finally, don’t underestimate the power of building strong relationships with your customers; they are your most valuable advocates.

How does your business contribute to the local community?

We take pride in being an active member of the Oakville community. Beyond offering high-quality products, we host workshops with local partners at our store where they are able to showcase their talents and we educate participants about the culinary and health benefits of olive oil. We’re also active members of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce which is a fabulous organization that supports local businesses.

What makes Oakville such a great destination?

Oakville’s unique blend of natural beauty, a welcoming community, and a thriving small business scene makes it an exceptional destination. The scenic waterfront, vibrant downtown areas, and diverse cultural events offer something for everyone. Oakville’s commitment to preserving its heritage while embracing innovation creates a harmonious atmosphere that residents and visitors cherish.

What’s next for your business?

We’re dedicated to expanding our online presence to share our products and expertise with a wider audience. We’re also continuously exploring new, innovative flavors and culinary delights to add to our collection. Our mission remains focused on promoting wellness through exceptional olive oils and gourmet treasures, all while fostering sustainability and community engagement.

For those who appreciate the art of cooking and the joy of discovering exceptional flavours, The Splendid Olive is a must-visit destination.  It’s where the world of gourmet cuisine meets personalized service, and every visit is an exploration of culinary excellence.

Address: 393 Kerr Street, Oakville

Instagram: @thesplendidolive

Web site: https://thesplendidolive.com/

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