“It’s a family business,” said Grigorios (Greg) Stamatopoulos of his imported olive oil store in the Colonnade shopping center. “Everybody helps from my brother, to the people in Greece who are my cousins and uncles, to my mom and dad helping in the store.”
Stamatopoulos and Sons opened in October, selling its pure Greek olive oil. “The olive groves have been in my family for generations and generations,” said Greg. On the same day the olives are harvested, they are turned into extra virgin olive oil. Stamatopoulos and Sons offer three varieties: delicate, mild and robust. The flavors stem from the time of year the olives are harvested by hand, as well as the amount of sun and rainfall received. “Our olive oil is monovarietal,” said Greg, made with only Koroneiki olives. The purity and quality of Stamatopoulos and Sons olive oil sets it apart from others, which consist of a blend of oils, and make it “unlike anything that you can buy in the store.”
Stamatopoulos and Sons welcomes people to visit their tasting bar and sample their olive oils, including flavored varieties such as the Portokali, a sweet-tasting oil infused with orange. They also sell items such as balsamic vinegar, honey, soaps, herbs, spices, sea salts, and Kalamata olives jarred in olive oil. The store hopes to offer hand-made pasta and Greek coffee soon.
Stamatopoulos and Sons, 869 W. Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor. 734-386-0333. www.StamSons.com.