Greg Olson became a potter in Kenwood, Calif., in 1972, and he and Susie moved to Trinity County in 1975.
They bought the beautiful building that houses Olson Stoneware in 1983 from Walter and Emily Robb who owned Mountain Marketplace. This became the first time the building had not been a grocery store since 1856. At first they did a lot of wholesale production along with the retail, shipping around the country. Today they concentrate on their retail store and supplying Trinity Alps Resort, Strawhouse and Indian Creek Lodge with custom mugs.
They also carry jewelry, candles, cottage, lodge and garden decor along with children’s toys. The Olsons closed their store for two months due to COVID shutdowns which did have a financial impact. This created the opportunity to complete home projects and for Greg to recover from shoulder surgery.
The Olsons are glad to be open now and are concerned for businesses that remain closed. They have a space in Trends Vintage Marketplace in Redding, which suffered with the closures as well.
Olson Stoneware hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Their wonderful team of employees helps them to remain open every day. The business has prospered since reopening, with the large number of visitors enjoying Trinity County this summer and from the wonderful support of our local customers.
They have no problem with the mandated COVID precautions, which include mandatory masks, signage, and hand sanitizer. They have found their customers happy to comply. Greg and Susie are invested in following the rules for the safety of all so businesses and schools can remain open.
Olson Stoneware is at 516 Main St., Weaverville; phone number is 623-4718.
Business spotlight is a contribution from the Weaverville Chamber of Commerce as businesses rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.