WESTCHASE — Step inside the Olive Tree Olive Oil Company and prepare for your taste buds to be transported to far-flung places like Tunisia and Greece.
The new store in West Park Village sells gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the globe. The store encourages shoppers to sample products before purchasing.
Donna Woelfel and her husband, John, opened the shop this year after moving to Westchase from Sarasota. The store has been "picking up steam," Donna Woelfel said. The store plans to host several events, including cooking demonstrations and nutrition classes. Woelfel, who grew up eating a Mediterranean diet, is well versed on the health and culinary aspects of the products in her store.
The olive oils change every few months to reflect seasonal ingredients. Shoppers can create their own olive oil blends. "When they come in here, they get a total education on olive oil, and it allows them to make a very educated decision based on their personal experience in terms of tasting and smelling the oils," Woelfel says.
Oil and vinegar are sold in etched glass bottles, which can be reused.
The Olive Tree Olive Oil Company, 10115 Montague St., is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit theolivetreestore.com or call (813) 920-4781.
Grille has new name, owners, new focus
The Grille at Westchase, at 13234 Race Track Road, opened this year in the spot formerly occupied by Courtside Grille.
With a new name and new owners, the spot is emphasizing its menu more, said Sue Geigle, one of The Grille's new owners and its operations manager. "The menu is completely changed," she said. "We are still your upscale sports bar, but I want to take it a step further."
Changes include an enlarged patio and updated decor. Spots fans, however, need not worry. The big-screen televisions that were a popular feature at the old restaurant are still there. But now there is emphasis on the food being served up on game day.
"The Grille at Westchase is breaking down the bar food barrier, bringing you meals to remember," Geigle said.
Much of the menu is cooked on an oak wood grill, including New York strip, roasted pepper chicken and mahi mahi. The restaurant features nightly specials, including endless crab legs on Saturdays for $24.95 and all-you-can-eat Sunday Game Day Tailgate deals.
The community has embraced the restaurant's new name and menu, Geigle said. "It's been fantastic."
The Grille at Westchase is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Visit thegrille.co or call (813) 818-7433.
Once Upon A Child opens in New Tampa
A national recycling retail chain that buys and sells children's clothes, toys and equipment is opening a location in Tampa today.
Once Upon A Child specializes in merchandise for infants to preteens. The store, at 19651 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., has been buying merchandise from the community for several weeks and has now built up enough inventory to open its doors to sell.
"Our store fills a distinct niche in the retail market," Melissa Levering, who owns the new Once Upon A Child in Tampa, said in a news release. "I understand how expensive it is to raise children today and want to offer an affordable option for local families. By purchasing merchandise directly from consumers, we're able to offer them lower prices and a great opportunity to receive cash on the spot for items they may have otherwise simply given away."
Once Upon A Child is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For questions on the buying process, call (813) 388-2985 or visit onceuponachildwesleychapel.com.