Sunday, December 30, 2012
Local business owners have intrigued us, inspired us, and captured our hearts. Today, we highlight the 10 business owners you loved reading about the most.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
You've been getting to know some of Dunedin's small business owners with us throughout the year in a regular feature we call "Meet the Moms & Pops." Many local business owners have shared the story of their successes and struggles. They have intrigued us, inspired us, and captured our hearts. And today, as we look back on 2012, we highlight the 10 stories that you loved the most. Of course, you can read the stories behind all the local merchants we've featured anytime you want. Visit them here on a special page we dedicated just for them! Or do them a big favor: find their shop in the Dunedin Patch directory and leave a nice review. Your review helps connect your favorite, hard-working small business owners with more customers, so it's an…
Sunday, September 9, 2012
A wave of specialty olive oil stores, popular in Europe and in California, open across the East Coast. Vanessa Wilks and Nancy Zareczny own one of two in Dunedin that opened in the last six weeks.
The hottest trend in healthy food is olive oil tasting shops and two have opened in Dunedin in the last two months: Middle Earth Olive Oil Company and Kalamazoo Oil Company. Vanessa Wilks and Nancy Zareczny, owners of Middle Earth Olive Oil Company, were retired, ladies who lunch before they opened their specialty food shop in Westfield Countryside Mall in 2011. This past July, after a year in the mall, they moved to the Broadway Shops in downtown Dunedin. Wilks and Zareczny felt that the Broadway Shops offered a more casual atmosphere where they could host tasting parties with live DJs, and have more flexible hours. Their customers followed them from Countryside, and Wilks says the people of Dunedin have been super supportive. “Olive oil…
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The St. Pete-based Kalamazoo Olive Company recently opened its newest location in the Independence Square Plaza.
Kalamazoo Olive Company, a gourmet grocery store that specializes in premium olive oils and vinegars, recently opened a shop on County Road 1 in Dunedin. “Olive oil is a $700 billion a year business,” owner James Ryan said. “But this is the only place around where people can get fresh, pressed oils.” Ryan's store is the second location for the St. Petersburg-based company, which originally opened in 2010 on Central Avenue. He imports olive oils from all over the world, including Italy, Chile, Argentina and Venezuela. Ryan claims his oils and vinegars are better for you because they are “unadultered," or free from additives, flavorings and secondary oils found in most store bought brands, which can sit on shelves for up to two years before…