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By Jessica Dempsey

September 13, 2017 4:22 PM

The floor of the new Olive Tree building during its renovation earlier this year. FILE PHOTO

Olive Tree celebrates with grand opening parking lot party

The Olive Tree will be celebrating their long-awaited home.
On Saturday from 2-5 p.m. at the new their location of 5002 51 Ave, the Olive Tree will celebrate their grand opening.
“We will have bouncy castles, sparkle tattoos, the food truck there, and we will have our farmers market going on at the same time. We also have some snacks for all the people and kids that attend,” said Jana Lett, event coordinator.
Back in late April, the organization announced they had purchased the old United Furniture Warehouse building.
Since then, renovations have been finishing up throughout the new building, specifically the farmers market, offices, and most recently the kitchen.
However, some programs will slowly transition into the new building, so some will still be in the churches and spaces that have let them use their space throughout the years.
“We’re excited to finally have a forever home and get started,” said Lett.
Since The Olive Tree’s inception in 2013, they have been wanting a place to call their own. 
Lett said to finally have a home where everyone can come together was really important.
“I think everybody is looking forward to it, and to have the whole team in one place is awesome, and there is a lot less travel and moving from place to place. I think a lot of people are happy about that,” she explained.
Most recently The Olive Tree has opened up the Downtown Farmer’s Market- Lloydminster, where there are already nearly 14 vendors.
The farmer’s market runs on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“That will be running during our grand opening, so there is a ton of stuff going on with that as well,” said Lett.
The new place will eventually allow all the programs to be under the same roof, as well as the possibility of implementing new programs.
“We are hoping to start up a couple more programs and outreaches, and we are looking forward to that as well,” said Lett.

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