Essex Street Market Welcomes Speciality ‘Olive and Spice House’ Vendor
Essex Olive & Spice House is the latest vendor to take up residence inside the Essex Street Market. As its name suggests, the new business peddles just that – olives, olive oil, and shelves of various spices.
The business took the last sliver of empty space left behind by Jeffrey’s Meats all those years ago. It’s flanked by Arancini Bros. and Nordic Preserves.
The month-old Essex Oil & Spice House is the creation of Saad Bourkadi, a Moroccan native whose family is big into the olive trade back home. His brother and cousin reportedly produce more than 100,000 liters of olive oil per day inside the country. But now, he’s importing the family’s output for the first time. Like other specialty oil companies out there, Bourkadi infuses his with an array of flavors, including blood orange, white truffle, and habanero pepper.
The Market itself is hosting a tasting event with the vendor on August 10.
Essex Oil & Spice House, meanwhile, came aboard just in time. Before the market’s big move across Delancey Street in the fall of 2018.
The $15 million replacement facility at the Essex Crossing “Gateway” (aka Site 2) is a threefold size upgrade, offering 37,000 square-feet of available retail, and a 4,700 square-foot mezzanine level that boasts seating and a “demonstration kitchen.” The larger space also allows for eleven new vendors and two restaurant tenants. The newcomers will receive 87 to 532 square-feet each; restaurants will get 1,100 square-feet. There will also be a dedicated “after hours” zone for late-night shopping (and drinking).