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Old World Olive Co.

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find two people as passionate about olive oil as Shasta Fase and Cory DeLong. Their store, Old World Olive Co., is now in three Grand Rapids-area locations, and two more across the state, all opened within the last four years. Their motivation? Avoiding mid-life career fatigue.

After traveling the world, the couple became enamored with Italy and decided olive oil was where their hearts were. Shasta and Cory work with artisan farms from around the world who pick only at the peak of harvest in a first press, cold press, old world procedure.

Some things about Shasta and Cory that we think make them pretty cool: She worked as a real estate broker, and he worked in the dental industry, before they realized they weren’t loving what they were doing; the store carries over 50 different varieties of extra virgin oils and balsamic vinegars; and they are very passionate about the health benefits of olive oil.