Business Briefs – December 2014

Virgilio’s Premium Vinegars, Oils & Edibles

There are now over 60 different flavors of vinegars and oils available in downtown Wake Forest at Virgilio’s Premium Vinegars, Oils & Edibles.

Owner Margarita Dixon is a foodie. “I love to cook and entertain, gathering friends and family to talk, laugh and enjoy a good glass of wine,” she says.

Virgilio’s will also offer spices, gift baskets, clay cookware and wine tastings and cooking demonstrations.

“Eating is a passion in Mediterranean countries,” Dixon says. “It is family-centered, and I hope to bring that philosophy to this area.”

Dixon previously had her business in Kernersville, but moved to Wake Forest because she likes the area.

The business is named after Dixon’s great-grandfather, who arrived in the U.S. in 1909 from Sicily to pursue a better life.

Virgilio’s is open at 113 S. White Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.  Phone 919-717-3373.

Ollie’s Coffee Shop

Downtown Wake Forest has a new coffee and gift shop open at 213 S. White Street.

Denise Floyd, formerly the owner of Mimosa Home Décor and Gifts, has moved and combined that business with a coffee shop.

Ollie’s serves coffee, espresso, Danishes, wraps, sandwiches and wine by the glass. Unique home décor, baby items, custom ink pens and gifts can be found in the back, and the art of renowned N.C. artist Mel Steele hangs on the walls.

“Everything is under one roof,” Floyd says. She and her husband, Rex, loved the old building, and decided to renovate it and create a unique place for downtown Wake Forest.

The business is named for the first cat Denise and Rex adopted after they were married. Rex likes Oliver Hardy, the 1930s and jazz music, which helped create the theme for Ollie’s.

The wood for the big farm table and the dining tables came from an old cotton mill in South Carolina and was repurposed by Rex.

Ollie’s is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.