According to a note pasted on the door, Cory Delong and Shasta Fase, owners of Old World Olive Press, didn’t want to close their doors at 282 W. Maple Road in downtown Birmingham, but word is rent increases was the cause of their closure. “We appreciate all of you who supported us through the years...Business continues in our four remaining stores, Plymouth, Rockford, Grand Rapids Monroe Center, and Grand Rapids Downtown Market...We are eager to find another small presence in Birmingham again.” Old Wold Olive Press, which offered over 50 unique and unusual flavors of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars in an exclusive tasting room, as well as recipes, a bridal registry and cooking classes, was the brainchild of Delong and Fase in 2009, after they left the corporate worlds in 2007 and traveled around the world. “We believe our customers are not only health conscious, but they want a better food experience. Our goal is to continually provide only the highest quality, healthiest products. And we are dedicated to ensure that only the freshest oils and balsamic vinegars are represented in our stores,” they said in a statement on their website.
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