By Dave Schwab
We Olive, a new hybrid olive oil retail store and wine bar, is finishing remodeling the space at 1158 Prospect St. and will hold a soft opening for the retail portion of its new business Saturday, Jan. 29.
“We’re knocking out the back wall and building a small patio,” said Chris Swain, manager of the new shop. “We should be pretty close to being ready on Friday.”
Swain said there are several We Olives elsewhere in California, the closest in Costa Mesa. All of them are retail. He said the La Jolla store is the first to add wine and food. Swain added only the retail portion of We Olive will be open immediately. The food and wine portion is expected to open in May.
“We’re the first prototype store for olive oil retail and a wine bar,” he said. “The first half of the store is retail, then midway through is a café wine bar where you can walk right out onto our patio with a sea view.”
We Olive’s space previously was a jewelry store, said Swain.
There is another noteworthy aspect about the new olive oil retail store.
“Everything in the store that we sell, mustard or tapanade or olive oil, is available for tasting at no charge,” Swain said. “People can come in our store and walk around and taste all of our products.”
The notion of the hybrid store, said Swain, grew out of the olive oil "experience.”
“Good wine, food and olive oil is shared,” he said.
We Olive sells certified olive oils, bath and body products, decorative items and serving utensils. When the wine bar portion opens there will be a kitchen serving tapas, cheese plates and salads.
Store hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
We Olive, said Swain, showcases the manifold benefits of olive oil.
“This will give people the opportunity to see how multi-faceted, how great it can be for cooking and a variety of uses,” he said.
For more information visit