Evooluton is a boutique olive oil and balsamic vinegar specialty retail store (well 6 of them!). We offer over 55 different flavoured and unflavoured oils and vinegars from around the world, as well as sea salts, spices, olives, tapanades, chocolates, and other pantry items. Evoolution is an experience. Our try-before-you-buy tasting bars take you on a journey of flavour and allow you to taste anything in store to ensure you're 100% happy with your purchase. Our experienced staff are there to help guide you on this journey, and offer great suggestions of what to use the products on as well as amazing pairing combinations.
Why did you start this company?
We were inspired by Mediterranean cooking, with its simplicity, yet emphasis on quality in the ingredients. We saw this as an opportunity to fill what we felt was a void in Edmonton, and to bring really high quality oils and vinegars to a mainstream audience who were either unaware of the difference that these can make in their cooking and lifestyle, or were simply having a tough time procure such products. Our industry unfortunately, is laden with a lot of fraudulent product. So we also viewed this as an opportunity to educate the public on what to look for in their oils and vinegars, to ensure that they're actually getting what they're paying for.
Where can people find you?
We have 6 retail locations (Edmonton, St. Albert, Canmore, Banff, and Calgary) as well as our website, which ships across Canada. All of our store addresses and hours can be found at evoolution.ca/contact
What is your favourite part about running your own business?
The constant learning and the people we get to meet from having opened Evoolution. Our industry, as well as retail in general, is constantly changing so you're always learning and trying to educate yourself, your staff, and your customers. We've had the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented and knowledgeable chefs, nutritionists, and other food experts which has been an amazing experience.
How does Evoolution put their values into play?
One of our core values is quality in everything we do. This means starting off by only sourcing exceptionally high quality products. Whether it's our oils and vins, our Silk Road Spices, or our Violets Chocolates, we place a very high degree of emphasis on offering our customers only top quality products. We then showcase these amazing products in easy to find locations with inviting and engaging store fronts. Finally, we hire and train amazing people to help walk our customers through the experience. Customer service is our hallmark, and we want each visit to one of our locations to feel like a personal food journey whereby your needs were met and left feeling inspired.