Shop Local: Olives & Grace

April 20, 2016

Olives & Grace is an artisan gift shop tucked away in the adorable South-End neighborhood in Boston. We recently had the opportunity to tour the store and speak with shop owner, Sofi Madison about her experience as a successful female entrepreneur, sourcing local artisan goods, and more about shopping local in the Boston area. We’ve been quite smitten with Olives and Grace, or as some nickname “OG,” and getting the chance to learn first hand the inspiration behind the brand was magical. Not only are the goods sold at the store both charming and adorable, but the stories behind them are truly beautiful.

Sofi curates a wonderful array of items that are made by skilled craftsmen, who specialize in small batches and hand-sewn labels. Every week you visit Olives and Grace there is an opportunity to find out about new brands and products, as well as to support your local community, a win-win for the conscious consumer. No wonder Olives and Grace was the winner of “Best Gifts” in Boston! Read on to learn more about Sofi and her delightful store… olivesandgrace9Tell us a little about yourself? My name is Sofi Madison. I live and work in the South End, and spend most of my time growing my business and cooking with my boyfriend.olivesandgrace1 olivesandgrace2What inspired you to start the store? An undying love and respect for artists and their work.  I will always be an advocate for small businesses, and Olives & Grace allows me to march that march. olivesandgrace3What do you hope people take away from their experience at shopping at your store? I want people to get back to enjoying the act of buying something special for themselves and their loved ones.  When the gift is made using quality materials and ingredients, the packaging is beautiful, and the human behind the product is warm and devoted to their craft, you get to bring all of that goodness home with you. olivesandgrace4 olivesandgrace7throwthembowsWhere do you see yourself in five years? Likely having grown OG into something larger, or perhaps letting it take a new form altogether. olivesandgrace5What are some of your favorite products you sell? I’m going through a big ceramics romance.  My house looks like a ceramics shop, and I dig it. olivesandgrace10olivesandgrace11How are you involved in the Boston community? I’m a big supporter of other people’s successes, so any time I can celebrate others I will. olivesandgrace6What advice do you have for budding female entrepreneurs? Save room for health and wellness in your life, delegate, make sure your glass is half full. olivesandgrace8

Next time you’re looking for a piece with a story, a friendly smile, good conversation, or the best dog treats in town (and complimentary at that) make sure to stop by and see Sofi!


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