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Rustic owners purchase Art of Oil

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Article Published: Dec. 19, 2013 | Modified: Dec. 19, 2013
Rustic owners purchase Art of Oil

Tammie Jolly, owner of Rustic in Blowing Rock and Art of Oil in Boone, poses with some of her new gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars in her Blowing Rock shop.

Photo by Jeff Eason

There’s a good chance that there are one or two people left on your holiday gift list.

It’s always those friends or relatives who, while not necessarily hard to please, seem to already have everything they need.

But do they have an assortment of specialty kitchen items, such as gourmet salts, olive oils and balsamic vinegars? Hmmm?

If you are looking for something unusual this holiday season, you might want to stop in one of Mike and Tammie Jolly’s specialty shops: Rustic in Blowing Rock and the Art of Oil in Boone. The couple has owned and operated Rustic for the past four years and recently purchased Art of Oil from Meredith Whitfield.

“We started carrying some Art of Oil products a couple of years ago in Rustic, and Meredith called us when we were on vacation and said it was available,” Tammie Jolly said.

The Jollys closed on the sale of Art of Oil on Nov. 26 and since have been putting together a plan to combine the two businesses.

“With the crossover of the two businesses, we will have olive oil tastings here in Blowing Rock in the summer,” Jolly said. “So many of our Blowing Rock customers and visitors have said that they just don’t get over to Boone that often.”

In addition to the gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars that have been sold at Art of Oil for years, the Jollys will add inventory from Rustic, including gourmet salts, home furnishings, artwork, gifts and more.

The Jollys traveled to California recently to learn more about the olive oil business.

“It was a great experience to visit our (supplier) company in California last week,” Jolly said, “and receive extensive training for tasting, pouring, and correct storage of the oils and vinegars. These are really premium products.”

Jolly added that people who have never experienced fresh-pressed olive oil are amazed at how different and fresh it tastes compared to olive oil purchased at a grocery store.

Of the assortment of gourmet salts, two of the favorites are Rockfire Salt, a salt that has been smoked over six different hardwoods, and King Cobra Salt, a salt with a distinctively spicy kick to it.

“We’re excited to own this gorgeous space, where we can blend elements of our two stores,” Jolly said of the King Street storefront. “At Art of Oil, you will now find select pieces of our elegant rustic wood furniture from Rustic, beautiful local hand crafted items and unique wine barrel and vine gifts from wine country.

“The two stores complement each other so well that we can now offer folks the opportunity to enjoy browsing in both of these neighboring locations.”

Art of Oil is located at 819 W. King St. in downtown Boone, and Rustic is located at 915 Main St. in downtown Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 295-9033.

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