Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Olive & Sinclair Opens East Nashville Factory With Tours and Retail Store

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

File photo from former Olive & Sinclair location in Riverside Village
  • File photo from former Olive & Sinclair location in Riverside Village
Chocolate enthusiasts rejoice! It's official: The new Olive & Sinclair factory/office/retail space at 1628 Fatherland St. in East Nashville is open for business.

According to a release sent to Bites this morning, "Passersby will have full view of the O&S team at work and fans of Olive & Sinclair will now have the chance to experience the bittersweet smell of roasting cacao beans and watch the hands-on chocolate making process during factory tours." Those tours will be given every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Situated in a historic building that once housed an H.G. Hill and an Archway Cookies factory, and fitted with beautiful custom wood doors (a vestige of the woodworking shop that vacated the premises some time ago), the new O&S space also includes a retail store — outfitted with "glass deco-lighting from a 1930’s schoolhouse, a gothic communion table from the early 1900s serving as the factory’s retail counter, factory pendant lighting was repurposed from an army barracks outside Atlanta, even repurposed wood floors sourced from a neighboring house in Lockeland Springs." That will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday-Saturday.

An important detail from the release (which appears in full below):"It’s not uncommon the O&S crew to provide samples of new products that have not yet reached the market."

OLIVE & SINCLAIR CHOCOLATE CO. OPENS NEW EAST NASHVILLE FACTORY
Southern Artisan Chocolate™ Expands to Historic Space on Fatherland Street

NASHVILLE, TENN. (January 29, 2014) — In early January 2014, Olive & Sinclair founder Scott Witherow and team opened the doors to their brand new factory and retail store at 1628 Fatherland St., Nashville, Tennessee 37206. Olive & Sinclair products are currently available across the U.S. at select Whole Foods Markets, choice retailers and coffee shops and has recently gone international with shelf space at of Selfridges London and Japan’s FRESCA. With increased production needs and a growing roster of O&S products, the team was outgrowing their original McGavock Pike space. Witherow began the search for a new location that would not only meet the necessary production criteria, but which would also offer an environment with history and character, fitting of the Olive & Sinclair brand.

The space at 1628 Fatherland St. was originally home to HG Hills Food Store in the early 1900s, followed by an Archway Cookies factory and a woodworking factory. Nashville-based DAAD Architects under Nick Dryden entered the picture to design the space, ensure the circa-1890 building’s historic bones would be preserved, while creating a functional factory, adding 1800 sq. feet of storage space, break rooms and a second floor office space. Witherow, an avid salvager, then contributed antique & architectural elements of his own to compliment the space and their antiquated Machinery and methods from the same era. The updated space features elements such as glass deco-lighting from a 1930’s schoolhouse, a gothic communion table from the early 1900‘s serving as the factory’s retail counter, factory pendant lighting was repurposed from an army barracks outside Atlanta , even repurposed wood floors sourced from a neighboring house in Lockeland Springs.

One of the most important benefits of the relocation is the ability to officially open Olive & Sinclair’s doors to the public. Passersby will have full view of the O&S team at work and fans of Olive & Sinclair will now have the chance to experience the bittersweet smell of roasting cacao beans and watch the hands-on chocolate making process during factory tours. The Saturday tours will give guests the opportunity to see the O&S team at work operating antique melangers (Spanish stone mills from the early 1900’s), roasters and more, enjoying O&S samples along the way. It’s not uncommon the O&S crew to provide samples of new products that have not yet reached the market. Beginning Feb. 1, factory tours will be hosted on Saturdays every hour from 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Retail store hours are Thursday - Saturday from 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

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