LIVELY OLIVE TASTING BAR--Culinary interest meets business opportunity!
The year was 2013, and Sandy Spencer combined her lifetime of retail experience and her enjoyment of cooking with good quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars to open Livey Olive Tasting Bar. With patience, she waited for the ideal retail space in historic downtown Port Townsend. After careful research she selected the very best source of ultra premium extra virgin olive oils and authentic balsamic vinegars. She rounded out her selection by bringing in delightful pastas and other specialty food items produced in Italy, as well as some unique Washington State and California sourced products. She also added beautiful handmade glass and pottery serving pieces crafted by local artists.
The business has grown steadily by serving locals and tourists alike, as well as by providing mail order delivery all across the States. In the fall of 2019 Sandy decided to retire and enjoy grandkids, travel and hobbies. Her presence in downtown Port Townsend will be missed.
In October of 2019 the Wake/Mckenzie family purchased the Lively Olive. The business was a perfect opportunity for this young family. The owners are Kyle Mckenzie, Kali Mckenzie, Aleta Wake, Kendal Wake, Jennifer Wake and Jeremy Wake, pictured above left to right. Jennifer Wake is the manager of the Lively Olive and is who you will see most days in the store. Jennifer has been a quick study in understanding the olive oil business. She was trained by Sandy and she also attend training in California at the olive oil supplier's factory. Our professions include, funeral direction, sales, health care, professional pickleball, and homemakeing. We have also been in retail in the past with a store in Washington State. Customer service is our priority. We want every person that comes in the store to have a great experience. Since we bought the store we have updated the web site so that orders can now be completed on line. Kali and Kyle both attended high school in Sequim and lived in Sequim before moving to Spokane. Kendal and Aleta live and work in Sequim. Jeremy and Jennifer live and work in Port Townsend. As a family we are very excited about the store and look forward to many years of ownership.