Bumps in road lead retirees back to olive oil business

7 Oct 2020


When the former owners of the Olive Branch Oil & Spice Company learned the store was closing in May, they packed up their RV and headed back to White Bear Lake. 

It was an abrupt change of plans for Bruce Bushey and Janet Richards, who left in 2018 to become full-time gypsies. They had sold the business at Banning and Fourth Street, their house, furniture and cars, and had donated many of their possessions. Then they hit the road in a 38-foot fifth-wheel pulled by a 1-ton truck, intending to see the country — state by state — for the next five to 10 years. 

They managed to visit 15 states in less than three. Their favorite state, by far, was Alaska. But more on that later. 

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