Ralph’s Joy of Living adds Olivelle products to store


First store in Ohio to carry company’s oils, vinegars

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 5, 2019 – Ralph’s Joy of Living is the first in Ohio to offer Olivelle olive oils and balsamic vinegars at its store at 33 N. Washington St., Tiffin. 

Olivelle specializes in high quality traditional and flavor infused olive oils, balsamic vinegars, artisan sea salts, dippers, rubs, herb blends and world spices. Everyday, a tasting table of 38 oils and vinegars allows customers to taste, find the ones they love and have Ralph’s fill a bottle fresh for them from the innovative cask system. The air tight, light tight casks ensures the customer receives a fresh filled experience every visit. Customers pay a one-time fee of $3 per bottle, which when returned is replaced with a clean bottle every time they refill.

Julie Smothers said all the Olivelle products have accompanying free recipe cards that are meant to excite us to cook and inspire us to create these delicious, simple recipes at home for friends and family.  

To show off their new product line, Ralph’s Joy of Living has substantially reinvested again!  This time, in a new kitchen space, complete with KraftMade Vantage Cabinetry, Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove Appliances. The new space will give flexibility for demonstrations, food & wine events, wine tastings and cooking classes starting in 2020.

Ralph Smothers said he’s proud to be one of only 70 Olivelle stores in the U.S.

“There are other olive oil stores, but nothing like this,” he said. “This is going to be another reason for people to come to Tiffin.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m proud to see Ralph and Julie continue to bring great new products to their shop. We are fortunate to have such a unique store in Downtown Tiffin, Ohio.”

The grand opening of Ralph’s Olivelle products is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the store. There will be tastings, demonstrations and chances to win prizes.

 About Olivelle

Olivelle was founded in 2006 by mother and daughter team Michelle Schaeffer and Brie Thompson as speciality food store in Bozeman, Montana. After being displeased with the inconsistency and lack of quality available in infused oils and vinegars, Brie and Michelle started to create their own products with the premium quality oils and vinegars that were traditionally sold uninfused. Today, Olivelle produces over 100 high quality products including olive oils, vinegars, spice blends, and artisan salts. Built around the motto “The Art of Flavor” Olivelle wants to make cooking fun, easy and flavorful by keeping their products approachable for the most novice to the most advanced cooks that bring friends and family to the table.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

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