Stamapoulos & Sons is an imported olive oil retailer and tasting bar located on 869 W. Eisenhower Parkway. The family owned business opened its storefront in 2014 and has been maintaining a presence at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.
The following Q&A was provided courtesy of Market Manager Stephanie Willette in an ongoing effort to acquaint Ann Arbor residents with the vendors who make farmers market so special.
Tell us a little bit about how you choose your business name.
We wanted something that sounded Greek and authentic. After going over many options, we decided the most Greek and authentic name we could use was our own name.
What is the history of your business?
Our business is based on getting real food to the people who demand it. This was not so easy because many products in grocery stores such as honey, maple syrup, etc. are often not entirely what they are supposed to be. We found a niche in olive oil where 70% of the stuff in stores is fraudulently labeled.
Our business started when the Greek economy went bad. We saw a very sad set of circumstances for the people in Greece but at the same time, they had great products that people in the United States did not know about. We told them to start selling their products in USA. They told us they did not know how and wanted our help. We took on the challenge starting in 2012. By 2013 we had moved the production to Ann Arbor and started selling in Farmers Markets.
Our mission has expanded to bringing more high quality products to market with the work to prepare and package items for sale being done in Ann Arbor.
Who makes your business run?
Grigorios Stamatopoulos. If I am not willing to do it, who will be. At this point, I have to have a hand in every aspect of production to sales but I will hopefully have help soon.
Tell us about your products and what makes them unique.
Our products start with real extra virgin olive oil (that is a lot harder to obtain than it should be). Then we take locally sourced herbs and spices to infuse the oil. We never add heat in our process, thus allowing for a long lasting product.
Can you share a fun fact about your product/business?
Extra Virgin Olive Oil can reduce the risk of heart disease. -FDA
Olive oil comes from the fruit like fresh squeezed juice whereas vegetable oil, canola oil, grape and other oils come from the seed of those plants and use industrial solvents to extract liquid.
Is there any other information about your product or business that you would like our customers to know about?
It is the real deal from a family farm. They can trust our product and are encouraged to do research on us. We do not think they will have the same luck with our competitors in