Two years after starting to sell their infused oils and vinegars at area farmer and artisan markets, Laurie and Jason Benjamin are opening a Lowcountry Olive Oil retail store downtown.
Laurie Benjamin stresses that Lowcountry shouldn’t be confused with the 99 percent of gourmet olive oil shops nationwide which are supplied by the same California outfit. Lowcountry buys bulk quantities of picholine oil from growers in Turkey and Morocco, and then adds various herbs and fruits for flavoring.
“It’s a wonderful oil for infusing because of its light, mild flavor,” Benjamin says, adding that the store will also stock “bolder varietal oils from around the world and the U.S.”, locally-made pastas, spices and cheeses.
Although infusions such as a Lowcountry Herb and Rosemary-Garlic olive oil and a Plum balsamic vinegar are perennially popular, Benjamin says she’s readying a few new seasonals for next month’s grand opening. In addition to the Apple Cinnamon balsamic and Pumpkin Pie balsamic now being sold at the Daniel Island, Folly Beach and Summerville farmers markets, Benjamin’s developing a Mushroom Onion Garlic olive oil and Sundried Tomato olive oil. “I’m always open to suggestions from customers,” she says.
Lowcountry Olive Oil will be located at 272 Meeting St., alongside Delish Bakery.