November 13, 2023

Gloria Molist brings her Spanish olive oil business, Olivo Amigo, her deep expertise as an olive oil sommelier and her passion for her culture and Mediterranean lifestyle. Starting with the highest quality, organic EVOO, Gloria listened to her customers and quickly expanded her business to include beautiful hand-made ceramics from Granada and other kitchen items. Read on to learn more about Gloria’s passion for her business and how a walk on a bad day can bring hope and inspiration.

Gloria Molist, founder of Olivo Amigo

A drizzle of olive oil is a must, adding rich flavor and infusing emotion into every dish.

Why did you start your business? What motivated or inspired you?

I was born and raised in Spain, where happiness is built around the table. In our culture, food is an experience that is celebrated and savored with loved ones. A drizzle of olive oil is a must, adding rich flavor and infusing emotion into every dish. When I moved to the United States to study, I fell in love with this country and the man that is now my husband. However, I soon discovered that the U.S was lacking one very important thing - high quality olive oil from the Mediterranean. Spain produces more than 50% of the best olive oil in the world, and as an Olive Oil Sommelier, I made it my mission to bring that to you with our Organic EVOO from Spain.

table full of Olivo Amigo products

What is something you know now that you wish you knew when you started your business?

Things take time, much more than you expect. Be patient and kind to yourself.

Why did you decide to join The WMarketplace?

To have the opportunity to connect with customers and brands that have the same values as we do, and to support each other.

What has been the most challenging thing about getting your business up and running?

Learning which things are a priority.

What has been the most exciting or rewarding part of owning your own business?

Bringing the highest quality of olive oil and seeing how it brightens people’s lives with just a drizzle!

Can you identify a moment in your business that was pivotal in your success? Have you had an “AHA!” moment(s)?

Yes, when I found out that the US only produces 5% of all the olive oil consumed. I knew there was an opportunity as an olive oil sommelier to bring the highest quality olive oil from Spain, where we produce more than 50% of all the olive oil in the world, and, in my opinion, the BEST olive oil!

How long have you been in business and has your business changed since you started it?

We have been in business for just two years. We started with olive oil and have launched more products like our ceramics from Granada, kitchen utensils and gift sets to complete the Mediterranean Experience - people wanted more from Olivo Amigo!

Things take time, much more than you expect. Be patient and kind to yourself.

What communities have been important for you as you grew/developed your business?

The food community and women-owned businesses community. I have also connected with other immigrant communities and they have been important to me as I am a first-generation immigrant as well!

Do you have items, photos or mementos on your desk that inspire you each day? What are they?

Yes! I have a stone with the word HOPE painted on it. One day when I was feeling badly and like I was defeated, I went for a walk and found the stone on the floor! It is now on my desk.

Do you have any advice for other women who are getting started in business?

If you believe in it and you're passionate about it, keep going! You will make it happen!

If a journalist were to write a headline about you/your business, what would it be?

“Olivo Amigo: the golden liquid that infuses emotions into your food and life into your body”

Is there a non-profit or other social/mission-oriented business that your business supports? Can you tell us about this?

We donate to Central World Kitchen and cancer associations.

Thank you, Gloria, for sharing your advice and journey with the WMarketplace!

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Her Story: Gloria Molist of Olivo Amigo