About Us

We are about to make a huge change in our business lives and wanted you to be the first to know. During this time of uncertainty, we are holding up strong! Since we can’t host anyone in our shop for tasting and don’t see this changing anytime soon, we have decided to turn our lemons into lemonade, and transfer our retail shop into an Online only business out of my studio office.
Starting August 16, 2020 the 106 Lincoln Street RETAIL location will be closed permanently. (we closed the Aptos shop last Nov. 2019). I know this is a big deal, and we have had 6 months to think about it. Our lease was up and we decided it was best for us.
Thank You!

susan_and_mikeIn 2010, Susan Pappas was looking to start a business in Santa Cruz where she could combine her passion for food, family, and meeting new people. Her “Eureka” moment came when she and her husband Mike discovered an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting room in Belmont, California. the True Olive Connection, is in Santa Cruz. Ever since, the love has been flowing.

The True Olive Connection will treat you like family, introducing you to the wonderful world of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegar.  Susan, loves to share her knowledge about these exceptional products that not only enhance your cuisine and are fun to cook with, they are good for you.


Building Community

Known as the “Human LinkedIn” among some of her friends, Susan is a natural net-worker who thrives on meeting people and connecting them with others. A Santa Cruz Mountains local, Susan not only connects individuals, she loves to foster connections between Santa Cruz businesses.

The Santa Cruz area allows her to flourish creative ideas and link businesses in new ways that build the local economy.  “We’re all about connecting, participating fully in the Santa Cruz community, and giving back every day.  That’s our true calling,” says Susan.

 The Joy of Giving Back

mailTrue to their mission of giving back every day, the True Olive Connection makes hundreds of donations every year to a wide variety of local charities, schools, and non-profits.

Beneficiaries include hundreds of local groups such as Sisters Share Santa Cruz, Save Our Shores, Walnut Women’s Center, and CASA many more. Susan receives thank you cards every week. “These cards remind me why I’m here and warms my heart,” she says. Giving back to organizations that form the fabric of community is just the right thing to do.”