Creating A Premium Retail Brand with Barth and Mary deRosa

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At Founders Nextdoor, we believe that entrepreneurship is hard work, day in and day out. We believe the most amazing entrepreneurs are ordinary people living in every community. And those people, your neighbors, are the people you can learn the most from regarding how to run your business. Because just like you, they have mortgages to pay and families to feed, yet they manage to create amazing businesses that make the world a better place.

Today on the show, I’m interviewing two such founders. Barth and Mary deRosa, the husband-and-wife team who’re the owners of Secolari. Secolari is a retail chain of gourmet olive oil and vinegar that has four stores in Maryland and DC. Now if this is the first time you hear about them, you’re probably like…”Olive oil? Seriously? That’s basically a commodity, right? How can anybody make money selling olive oil?” At least that was my first reaction. But I’m telling you, this business is no joke. Barth and Mary started it in 2011 and since then, business has been booming. And if you look them up on the internet, you’ll also see that they are truly loved by very passionate customers. So what’s their secret for making a successful business in a product category that seems to be highly competitive and offers little differentiation? You’ll find out in this interview.

“Follow your passion. If you have a passion for something, no matter whether you’re older or younger, go for it.”

– Barth deRosa

 


Secolari Artisan Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room

Locations:

Bethesda Row
7249 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-652-7006

The Mall in Columbia
Out Door Plaza
10300 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
443-367-0010

Towson Town Center
3rd Floor / Nordstrom Wing
825 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD 21204
410-825-1785

Sam’s Park and Shop
(@ Cleveland Park Metro Stop/Red Line)
3501 Connecticut Ave, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
202-290-2823

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