With deep local roots, Joe and Son’s Olive Oils is expanding for the first time outside of South Tampa. The family-owned hub for specialty foods — which opened its flagship location in the Bay to Bay Centre shopping plaza in 2011 before moving two blocks east — has found a home for its second store at 11618 N. Dale Mabry Highway.
The new location next to Noble Crust in Tampa’s Carrollwood area is slated to open in fall.
“I feel so blessed having the ability to grow my family’s business in the neighborhood where I grew up,” said owner Andrea Messina Gebbia in a statement. “My parents moved to original Carrollwood in 1975, which is only one and a half miles from the new location.”
The legacy of Joe and Son’s started in 1938 — when Gebbia’s great-grandfather, Giuseppe (Joe) Favata, and his son, John, launched a neighborhood grocery store for their produce, meats, olive oil and other household staples in Ybor City. The place shuttered in 1976, but luckily, Gebbia has carried on the family tradition.
Joe and Son’s sells more than 50 kinds of premium, imported extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Samples of everything from infused and aged balsamics to single-varietal olive oils are available for complimentary tasting, and each bottle is poured on-site.