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Find gourmet pantry goods and gift ideas at Grovestone

Take a peek into Grovestone, a small shop in South Champaign that sells olive oil from their family’s olive groves in the Northeast side of the Peloponnese in Greece in addition to many other pantry goods.

Inside Grovestone, there are white shelves on both left and right sides of the room filled with bottles of olive oil and vinegar. There is a long rectangular table with a black tablecloth and place settings. There are two customers checking out and a male masked cashier facing the camera. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

I stopped by to pick up another bottle of Grovestone’s balsamic vinegar reduction, but I was drawn to so many interesting products that I have to show you what’s all inside the pretty store.

The white shelves are topped with silver beverage dispensers filled with infused olive oils. Below, the shelves have three sizes of bottles (small, medium, and large) on the shelf for sale. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

There is a wall of olive oils and balsamic vinegars, each with flavor-infused options. Grovestone’s olive oil is extracted under cold temperature pressing of olives, and because of the harvesting method, their olive oil has distinctive low acidity (oleic acid < 0.3%). The differently flavored olive oil had many options: bacon, basil, cranberry, blood orange, chocolate, garlic, lemon, lime, roasted onion, rosemary, and even, butter olive oil. 

In addition to the flavored olive oil, Grovestone sells infused balsamic vinegars as well. Flavors range from dark chocolate to wild blueberry to black walnut. Both olive oil and balsamic vinegar bottles are sold in small ($6.95), medium ($17.95), and large ($28.95).

White shelves are neatly stocked with dry pasta in bags and jarred red sauce. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Grovestone sells dry pasta and sauces as well.

On white shelves, bottles of wine, bottles of sauce, and dry pasta in bags neatly line the shelves. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

There is a small selection of wine, beer, tea, and even ice cream.

An overhead photo shows the inside of hand-painted bowls. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

I loved these cute hand-painted bowls for sale at $7 each.

On white shelves, napkins, glasses, and tableware are for sale. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

There were a lot of hosting gifts available, too. From funny napkins to witty pillows to glasses with sayings, the shelves were brimming with options for gifts.

In a green cardboard box, there are four mini bottles of Grovestone olive oil. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

There were sets of four small bottles in a variety pack ($32) already ready to wrap. There were also bags available if you wanted to create your own sampler in groups of four.

Several packs of two small bottles wrapped in plastic sit on the shelf for sale at Grovestone in Champaign, Illinois. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

These two small bottles were how I started my Grovestone love. Two Christmases ago, my friend Krista got me a duo set of small bottles. Mine were the original olive oil and ultra premium balsamic vinegar, but the ones available in store are the bread dipping seasoning and ultra premium olive olive ($14) which would be a fantastic gift especially paired with a baguette. There are lots of gifts under $50 available.

So what did I buy? I meant to just buy another bottle of the balsamic vinegar (a pantry staple in my house), but I bought a few extra things that caught my eye.

On a wooden table, there are the author's buys: a small jar of seasoning, a Greek Myth bottle of seasoning, a large bottle of balsamic, and three mini bottles. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Of course, I picked up the large bottle of the aged balsamic reduction, but I also bought a mini jar of Little Italy pizza seasoning ($6.45), a shaker of Greek myth seasoning ($10.95), a bottle of roasted onion olive oil ($6.95), a bottle of jalapeno olive oil ($6.95), and a small bottle of espresso balsamic ($6.95). My cooking is about to get more flavor, and my coffee-loving husband is about to get a bottle of espresso balsamic for Christmas.

Visit the store in the Old Farm Shops with Cheese & Crackers and Sushi Siam, or order online.

1707 W Kirby Ave
M-F 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sa 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Top image by Alyssa Buckley.

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