The Little Shop in Franklin
Mike and Tracey Wilkinson, owners of The Little Shop at 5 Main Street in Franklin. Courtesy photo.
Are you ready to add some flavor to your everyday meals? The Little Shop at 5 Main Street in Franklin is happy to help create beautiful and healthy meals with over 50 Aged Balsamic Vinegars and Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils.
The Little Shop has inspired thousands of healthy and delicious meals since Tracey Wilkinson opened in 2017.
“We opened the shop after falling in love with the quality and freshness,” says Wilkinson, who runs the family-owned business with her husband Mike and son Sean. The family (which includes other sons Mike and Matt) lives in Medway.
Also known as “The Little Shop of Olive Oils,” the business shortened its name to reflect its diverse collection. “We carry so much more than olive oil. In addition to oil and balsamic, we carry a curated selection of wines, pastas, pesto, spices, and other gourmet foods.”
A trip to this little shop (which is approximately 1,000 square feet) is a big experience.
“We want you to come to our store, relax, decompress, and enjoy, “says Wilkinson. “We are passionate about sharing healthy choices, especially the extraordinary health benefits from consuming EVOOs [extra virgin olive oils] and balsamic vinegars, and seeing the joy on our guests’ faces when they sample different flavor combinations is priceless.”
Whether you’re a seasoned chef or you’re just looking for a place to start a tasty experience, the shop’s website www.shopevoo.com has a variety of recipes to share.
The online “Recipe Box” includes appetizers, main courses, soups, salads, dressings and sauces, side dishes, desserts, drinks and cocktails. The recipes are from Wilkinson, staff, customers, and from some of the many cookbooks in the store.
A great summer menu might include:
• Caprese Salad, drizzled with Strawberry or Raspberry Balsamic
• Lemon Butter Scallops over Angel Hair Pasta
• A glass of Rosé with a splash of Blackberry Ginger
If you’re on the Cape this summer, The Little Shop has a second location in Mashpee (12 Central Square). If you’re not in the immediate area, you can find their products at Lowe’s Market (Northborough), The Kitchen Sink (Bolton and Groton), and Nashoba Valley Winery.
And if you’d prefer to order online, the shop has a robust online business that offers free delivery on orders over $75.00. Products include premium oils, balsamic vinegars, pantry items, beauty products, accessories, and a Sales & Pairing of the Month. Wilkinson says the gift boxes are a great idea “because they have purpose and meaning for the receiver; food brings us together.”
One more surprise at The Little Shop is a thoughtful tribute to Wilkinson’s father who inspired her love of cooking.
“My dad was an incredible cook. We would tell him to open a restaurant all the time…He passed away a few years ago but I always carry him with me. He would say “alright or OK on the right” when we were driving.” Now there is an “OK” hidden in the olive in the logo. “What better way to say thanks to my Dad than to open up a specialty store. The store is delightful just like him and we always have some fantastic goodies to try…All OK here!”
For more information on the shop and its products, visit www.shopevoo.com, or follow them on Facebook @LittleShopOfEVOOS or Instagram @littleshopofoliveoils.