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Open for Business: Olive 'n Vinnie's Opens, Oberweis Moves Ahead with New Concept

A new store catering to cooks has opened its doors downtown. Meanwhile, Oberweis continues to move forward with its plans to relocate it's Glen Ellyn store.

New downtown business opens

Cooks looking for special olive oils and vinegars with an infusion of flavor now have a new option in Glen Ellyn. Olive ‘n Vinnie’s Market has opened it’s downtown location.

Gary and Karen Evensen, who live in Glen Ellyn, own the shop. This is their third location. The couple have two Olive 'n Vinnie's Market shops in Wisconsin. The announcement that the store was opened was made on the Downtown Glen Ellyn Alliance website Monday.

Olive ‘n Vinnie’s allows customers to taste a variety of oils and vinegars from around the world before purchasing. It offers extra-virgin olive oil imported from 14 countries around the world, as well as more than 20 types of balsamic vinegars from Mondena, Italy, said Gary Evensen. The oils and vinegars can be blended together to bring additional flavor to foods. 

Olive 'n Vinnie's is located at 540 N. Duane St. The stores' hours are Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun., 12 to 4 p.m. Call the store at 630-534-6457 (OILS).

Oberweis mooving in 2013

In May, Glen Ellyn Patch reported Oberweis Dairy’s plans to move up the road and open a new dining concept in the former Chase Bank location at 515 Roosevelt Road.

Obeweis was planning to open a dual restaurant that would continue to serve dairy products alongside a hamburger place, "That Burger Joint." The location would also house a Connie’s Pizza.

The concept, which was under review required zoning and permit approvals, but according to a story in the Chicago Tribune, the project is moving forward. The Village of Glen Ellyn’s Board of Trustees has awarded the developer $15,000 to use toward façade and sidewalk improvements. The bank has been empty for six years.

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Dan Smith, Jr. November 06, 2012 at 06:57 PM
So, what happens in the old Oberweis space? will that one sit vacant too until the village gives the new place $15k?
Jim Hankes November 06, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I just left olive oil and vinegar heaven and it's called Olive 'n Vinnie's on Duane Street in Glen Ellyn. They've done well in Cedarburg and Shawano Wisconsin and will no doubt do well here as well. Stop in and your taste buds will thank you. Great gift ideas too for the holidays.
Mary Ann Lopez November 06, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Dan, I think that is a good question. I will follow up. Thanks!
Sarah White November 06, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I went searching for the Bleu Olive in Wheaton only to find that it at the locations listed doesn't exist except for the French Market. I'm so happy to find that I can get a great balsamac vinegar right here in town-whenever I want to! Checking it out this week, and am so happy they're here.
Mary Ann Lopez November 07, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I can say that they are very knowledgeable about the product and know how to blend the oils and vinegars to create really interesting fusions. I liked what I tried.

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