Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. Opens East Nashville Factory

Jan 30 2014

by Emily Laborde Hines


Southern Artisan Chocolate™ Expands to Historic Space on Fatherland Street

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In early January 2014, Olive & Sinclair founder Scott Witherow and team opened the doors to their brand new factory and retail store at 1628 Fatherland St., Nashville, Tennessee 37206. Olive & Sinclair products are currently available across the U.S. at select Whole Foods Markets, choice retailers and coffee shops and has recently gone international with shelf space at of Selfridges London and Japan’s FRESCA. With increased production needs and a growing roster of O&S products, the team was outgrowing their original McGavock Pike space. Witherow began the search for a new location that would not only meet the necessary production criteria, but which would also offer an environment with history and character, fitting of the Olive & Sinclair brand.


The space at 1628 Fatherland St. was originally home to HG Hills Food Store in the early 1900s, followed by an Archway Cookies factory and a woodworking factory. Nashville-based DAAD Architects under Nick Dryden entered the picture to design the space, ensure the circa-1890 building’s historic bones would be preserved, while creating a functional factory, adding 1800 sq. feet of storage space, break rooms and a second floor office space. Witherow, an avid salvager, then contributed antique & architectural elements of his own to compliment the space and their antiquated Machinery and methods from the same era. The updated space features elements such as glass deco-lighting from a 1930’s schoolhouse, a gothic communion table from the early 1900‘s serving as the factory’s retail counter, factory pendant lighting was repurposed from an army barracks outside Atlanta , even repurposed wood floors sourced from a neighboring house in Lockeland Springs.

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One of the most important benefits of the relocation is the ability to officially open Olive & Sinclair’s doors to the public. Passersby will have full view of the O&S team at work and fans of Olive & Sinclair will now have the chance to experience the bittersweet smell of roasting cacao beans and watch the hands-on chocolate making process during factory tours. The Saturday tours will give guests the opportunity to see the O&S team at work operating antique melangers (Spanish stone mills from the early 1900’s), roasters and more, enjoying O&S samples along the way. It’s not uncommon the O&S crew to provide samples of new products that have not yet reached the market. Beginning Feb. 1, factory tours will be hosted on Saturdays every hour from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Retail store hours are ThursdaySaturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lucky for us, Olive & Sinclair was one of our sponsors at The Southern C Summit in Nashville! We had the pleasure of getting to know Scott and his famous bean to bar chocolate during one of our session breaks. He stocked us up with his famous “Chocuterie,” Bourbon Nib Brittle, and his new Buttermilk White Chocolate and shared his story with us. We wish him lots of luck with his new space and look forward to visiting!


For more information, visit www.oliveandsinclair.com or call (615) 262-3007. Olive & Sinclair’s factory and retail store is located at 1628 Fatherland St., Nashville, Tennessee 37206. Connect with Olive & Sinclair on Twitter @OliveSinclair and on Facebook.



Since its inception in 2009, Nashville, Tenn. based Olive & Sinclair has championed the Southern approach to bean to bar chocolate making. Founding owner Scott Witherow oversees every batch of Southern Artisan Chocolate™, which is slow roasted and stone ground in small batches with single origin beans. The current lineup includes nine bars such as Mexican Style Cinn-Chili, Buttermilk White and Coffee with ingredients such as pure brown sugar, brown butter and Southern-staple buttermilk. Olive & Sinclair collaborates frequently with fellow Southern makers such as Terrapin Beer Co. (Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout), Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams (Smoked Nib Brittle), Prichard’s Distillery (Bourbon Nib Brittle) and more. Olive & Sinclair has received praise from outlets such as Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Everyday Food, Garden & Gun, Southern Living and more. Orders may be placed online or at select retailers across the country and abroad. Olive & Sinclair is located at 1628 Fatherland Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37206. For more information, visit www.oliveandsinclair.com, or call 615-262-3007.


Emily Laborde Hines View More Blog Posts from this Author

Emily Hines is a Georgia girl now living in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and two black labs. She is a freelance writer and digital media manager hooked on cruising back roads, craft beer, and snapping photos of old buidings. Follow along with my United States travels at Em's on the Road.

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