It was destiny…
Call it what you like but for Carol and Larry Jack, opening Plantation Olive Oil Company was their destiny or to be exact, their long-sought destination at the end of a very interesting journey that brought them to their “heart home” in Greensboro, Georgia.
Larry, a Doctor of Chiropractic and native of the New York area and Carol, a Chemical Engineer, originally from Jamaica, had both called the State of Georgia home for a good while until career opportunities drove both of them westward and that’s where the story gets interesting. After all, getting there is sometimes half the fun…
Carol was offered a long-term assignment based in California, requiring permanent relocation from her home in Stone Mountain for potentially several years. At the same time, Larry had been given a unique opportunity to leave the Atlanta area to become the Chief Clinical Officer of a national managed care company, also based in California.
On the flight to California, Carol and her row mate were “celebrating” their potential ability to stretch out as the seat between them looked like it wouldn’t be occupied for the long cross-country flight. That was until a bedraggled gentleman came running onto the plane, just as the doors were closing. He settled himself into the empty seat and about 20 minutes after take-off and some pleasantries had been exchanged, Larry related that “I said to myself, this is the woman I’ve been looking for to share my life.” They chatted non-stop the entire flight and before deplaning they exchanged contact information and agreed to see each other again. They met a day later for dinner and wound up closing the restaurant. One year later, they were married.
After a few years and success in both their careers on the West Coast, Larry was really missing the people and environment of Georgia. Being an adventurous type, Carol agreed that a move back east might be interesting and that they could chart a new course in both their careers.
A friend of Larry and Carol, who lived in the sleepy, picturesque mountain village of Blue Ridge, Georgia offered them a place to “land” until they were able to figure out where to settle and what they’d like to do. Exploring the little downtown one day took them into the Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company and they were amazed and intrigued by the store’s concept. Numerous follow up visits and getting to know the store’s owners, Tom and Donna Harper just deepened their conviction that this was what they wanted to do.
They searched many towns, looking for a home, not only for themselves but for their new venture but nothing was hitting them as “the place” until a colleague of Larry’s asked them if they had looked at Greensboro. Up until that point, they hadn’t considered it, as Larry put it “it was just a little speck on the map” but they made the visit, feeling nothing ventured, nothing gained. The quiet, country town with its scenic wooded areas, lake and golf courses captured their hearts immediately. It was a small town to be sure, but destiny had brought them here and everything just felt right.
Greensboro is now enjoying the benefits of Carol and Larry’s destiny, vision and passion for a natural healthy lifestyle and delicious foods. Word has been spreading fast about this unique shopping destination and the amazing adventure that awaits all who visit.
Carol and Larry invite you to stop by, share great conversation and spend time experiencing the vast array of tastes, flavors and benefits of their premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world.