Jill here. It's all kind of a crazy, hair brain story really. I had been a work-at-home mom, child care provider, dog lover, creative, type B, outdoors enthusiast, free spirit for as long as I can remember. I was nearing the BIG 4-O and my dad had a grand idea. "Jill, how about we import Italian leather handbags and sell them in the US?" You see, dad traveled to Italy each year for work and had fallen in love with their AH-MAZING leather goods. I mean really, can you blame him? "Ummm, great idea dad! EXCEPT, I'm no Spring chicken anymore and have NO clue how to import anything. (Unless, you count the vanilla I brought back from vacation that one time. HA! )"
I decided life is too short and well, that grand idea led from one thing to another, tons of research, fretting and stewing, excitement and a short while later BAM....Olita was born! No, Olita is not an Italian word. It's a combination of my kids' names. Olivia + Tayton = Olita! Awww, isn't that sweet! :)
Forward to 2018: I realized my youngest would graduate soon and I would be an empty nester at the ripe old age of 43! WHAT on earth would I do with myself?? With that, planning began again! I have, for as long as I can remember, had visions of owning my very own shop. The kind that I have always loved going to with my mom and daughter. You know the ones. Grab a cup of coffee and stroll through leisurely looking at every last detail. Picking up unique and possibly quirky items for myself or as gifts. In September of 2019 that vision became a reality. The timing was right and I jumped on the opportunity! 3 weeks later, on October 17, 2019, Olita Gifts and Goods opened it's doors just in time for the holiday season!
This journey has been one of learning, tears, growth and so much dang fun! I LOVE bringing our Italian leather goods to YOU with Olita's unique, yet classic, designs. As well as the addition of our sweet shop at 400 South 3rd Street in Saint Peter, MN!
Dad and I truly hope you enjoy Olita's Collections as much as we do!