On a warm Saturday afternoon in Cave Creek, customers saunter through the doors of a small shop. Wearing cowboy boots, tennis shoes, or even high heels, they make their way across the wood floor to the bar where proprietors Rich and Martha Bates often greet them by name, pour them a shot of what they’d like, or recommend a favorite of their own.
They come in with an appetite and leave with a smile, and no one leaves Cave Creek Olive Oil Company without a fun experience under their belt.
There may not be a drop of alcohol in the building, but this year-old business has become a regular stop for many locals. With 57 varieties of freshly bottled olive oils from all over the world, fine balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy, unique pastas, salsas, avocado oils, jams, jellies and honey, the shop is a mecca for anyone who enjoys putting together a good meal.
But the bigger reason Cave Creek Olive Oil Company is drawing a crowd is because Rich and Martha are so personable. That’s...