HIGHLAND | What began as years of vacationing fun in small towns and local shops soon became a dream for Lynn Gandolfi and her husband Al.

In March, their dream to open the doors to their own business, Tasty Olive Co., became a reality.

“We enjoyed heading to Wisconsin and tasting all of the unique oils and products, and I knew I wanted to open up my own business and share some of these wonderful items you can’t find in your local grocery store,” said Lynn Gandolfi, Tasty Olive Co. owner.

The business, located in Porte de Leau Plaza, offers an array of products such as extra virgin olive oils, flavor infused olive oils, balsamic vinegars from Italy, sea salts, pepper jelly, spices, soups handmade pastas and bread mixes to name a few.

"We value the relationships we have with our customers,” Gandolfi said. “Our entire business is about creating friendships, healthy lifestyles, food choices and sharing knowledge.”

Tasty Olive offers more than 20 oils and balsamic and handmade natural and organic pastas from Italy. Gandolfi proudly points out that can go as far as telling customers where their oils come from. 

Tasty Olive’s website (www.TastyOliveCompany.com) offers favorite recipes from Chile, Italy, Spain, Tunisia, Greece and others.

Tasty Olive, 2014 45th Street, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Saturdays. For more information, contact Tasty Olive at (219) 924-7881 or email sales@tastyolivecompany.com