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Coccinella Profiled at Star Tribune as the Best Specialty Store

Updated: Mar 6, 2023

Text by Melike Ayan, Mel Strategies


Oleavia Extra Virgin Olive Oil’s and Aegean Breeze Turkish Textiles Distributor Coccinella won the Gold Award as the Best Specialty Store



Minnesota's Best 2022 Gold Winner Badge on an image showing Aeagean Breeze textile
Coccinella Profiled at Star Tribune as the Best Specialty Store

Coccinella Mediterranean Heritage is a family-owned business created to share the Mediterranean lifestyle with the community. Besides their premium extra virgin olive oil and authentic textiles, the store, located at 50th & France Ave., also offers Mediterranean ceramics.


Aegean Breeze is the Brand Name for weaving textiles, which is a cultural tradition that dates back thousands of years in Turkey. The art of craftsmanship has been passed from generation to generation. It is deeply integrated into Turkish culture. Coccinella only works with small family weavers in rural areas who follow sustainable methods and ethical practices to support the local economy. Aegean Breeze towels are made out of 100% premium Turkish cotton. The climate in Turkey gives this cotton longer and smoother fibers compared to traditional cotton. Because of these unique qualities, Turkish cotton is incredibly strong, highly absorbent, dries very quickly, and produces little 'fuzz.' Turkish cotton will become softer and more absorbent with each use.


Showing Aegean Breeze beach towels

Mediterranean Ceramics and Pottery have been material for creating art objects in the way of modern art for thousands of years. Unique pieces made by Mediterranean artists, some aesthetic items, and some original artworks make your time in our store unprecedented.



Unique pieces made by Mediterranean artists, some aesthetic items, and some original artworks make your time in our store unprecedented


The third product Oleavia is a Natural Premium Olive Oil that is 100% vegan, gluten-free, and is a production by a 100% organic process. The Company had already won 2 awards at the 2020 and 3 awards at the 2021 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition; a Gold Award for its Oleavia Savrandere Early Harvest, an organic delicate Memecik, and a Silver Award for its Oleavia Orhaniye Organic, an organic medium-intensity Memecik.



Showing Oleavia EVOO bottles styled on a kitchen counter

The premium olive oil goes from olive to oil in a matter of hours through a meticulous process to maintain the fresh flavor of the olive as well as the high level of healthy polyphenols. The link to the Star Tribune Article is here:



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