The Botanical Heights neighborhood of St. Louis has a new specialty market and tea shop. AO&Co. debuted in June from Ben Poremba, the chef behind Bengelina Hospitality Group, which operates Elaia, Olio, Nixta, The Benevolent King and La Pâtisserie Chouquette.
“It’s many things all at once: It’s a specialty food store, a gift store, a wine and cheese shop and a tea shop with a really nice coffee machine,” Poremba says.
The concept gets its name from Poremba's children, Aviv and Omri, and Cossette, the daughter of his business partners, Erik Karanik and Alexis Cosse.
It offers everything from private-label olive oil, retail wine and cigars to artisan gift items, fresh flowers and prepared foods such as Olio’s famous egg salad.
AO&Co., 1641 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.899.0991, bengelina.com