Business partners strike oil


Olive specializes in fine oils and balsamic vinegars.

MARK KULAW / Daily News
Published: Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 02:39 PM.

DESTIN — Inspiration for a business can happen anywhere, even on vacation.

Neighbors Gina Seton and Dar Zook formed a partnership instantly after hearing about each other’s experience with specialty olive oil stores on separate trips to California and New York.

“I on the spot said, ‘You want to do it with me?’ and she on the spot said, ‘Yeah’ and that was it,” Zook said. “I walked into the house and said to my husband, ‘I think I made a partnership.’ ”

Olive is a small store reminiscent of a wine cellar, with display shelves containing about 40 oil and vinegar taps. It opened six weeks ago in the Shoppes at Paradise Isle on the south side of U.S. Highway 98 across from the Destin Commons.

The owners encourage their customers to “play” with the oils and vinegars.

Zook said visitors generally spend about 45 minutes in the store, trying new combinations and tasting the wide range of extra virgin olive oils, flavored olive oils, balsamic vinegars and specialty oils like truffle and walnut.

The owners said they love olive oil for its reported health benefits, including mental acuity, cardiovascular health, believed cancer preventive elements and more.

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