German oil-and-vinegar purveyor Vom Fass plans a late-summer opening for its first Indiana store at Hamilton Town Center.
Founded in 1994, Vom Fass (German for “from the cask”) has about 275 locations, mostly in Europe. Its website lists only eight U.S. stores.
Its retail niche: cask-aged fruit vinegars and specialty oils, and assorted spices, all available for sampling and bottled to order. Recycling is encouraged.
“You can taste everything, smell everything,” said local franchisee Sundaresh Ramanathan, a 43-year-old IT manager who lives in Fishers. “It’s a phenomenal experience.”
The Noblesville location—on Harrell Parkway between Chico’s and Aveda—will offer as many as 60 oils, 30 vinegars and 60 spices, he said, appealing to foodies and health-conscious cooks alike.
Some Vom Fass franchises also sell wine and spirits, but Ramanathan said he didn’t want to navigate Indiana’s liquor laws.
He expects remodeling to begin soon so the 924-square-foot store can open by early September, in time for the holiday shopping season.
Also in the works for Hamilton Town Center:
— Crazy 8, the kids' clothing retailer owned by San Francisco-based Gymboree Corp., is planning a 3,000-square-foot Town Center Boulevard store, its third in central Indiana. It also has locations at Castleton Square and Clay Terrace.
— Colorado-based Tucanos Brazilian Grill is planning an 8,800-square-foot restaurant at 13225 Levinson Lane, near Noodles & Co. The eatery, where skewered meat and vegetables are delivered to diners, has eight other locations.
— A Yats franchise is planned for 1,400 square feet of space on Town Center Boulevard near Campus Way. It will serve the Cajun-Creole cuisine that draws diners to the founders’ original location in Indianapolis.