Carol Legasse: The Salt Table
The Salt Table is a locally-owned brand of salts, seasoning blends, oils, vinegars, tea, and other specialty foods. The creation of Pooler residents Dave and Carol Legasse, the six Salt Table stores also carry hundreds of local specialty foods, almost all “Georgia Grown” (with a few from South Carolina).
It started as a gift. Carol made an original salt blend as Christmas presents for friends and family. It was a resounding success and when friends kept asking for more, the couple thought “maybe we are onto something!”
After several years of research and product creation, they chose historic downtown Savannah as the location for their first store.
“Tourists come here from all over the world, and they all want local products, which is exactly what we provide,” Carol says. The Salt Table now has six retail locations throughout coastal Georgia.
Carol creates about 200 of their own award-winning salt and seasoning products that are hand-blended and packaged in Pooler. New flavor profiles include “Totally Awesome” and “Everything but the Bagel” seasoning blends.
“You have to have salt so you should have good salt” says Carol.
Her first salt blend, “All ’Round Good Grinder Blend,” is still their number one seller. She created the popular “Jekyll Island Driftwood Beach Blend” after opening their store on Jekyll Island, and her “Tybee Island Coastal Blend” and “Leek, Chive & Onion” blends were winners for two consecutive years in the “Flavor of Georgia Contest.”
Carol says her ideas are often customer driven. “I love hearing from our customers, online or in person. Recently they asked for something different to season fish and so I created ‘Lime & Chili Sea Salt,’ a new customer favorite.”
“I think to be successful as an entrepreneur, you need to take what you’ve learned in your previous work experiences and apply it to what you are doing now,” she adds. Carol’s background is in operations and accounting, but she loved cooking as a hobby. “In order to really succeed you must be passionate about what you are doing.”
Carol is very involved in the community, serving as Treasurer of the Pooler Chamber of Commerce, among many other volunteer commitments. In 2021 she was recognized as a Community STAR by Savannah Technical College, which “honors people who make our world a better place through their dedication to work, community leadership, or volunteer service.”
Carol says: “Women who want to succeed in business need to get involved in their community, because it’s a wonderful way to meet new people and give back.”
Carol and Dave are pleased with their growth and to be a local employer, working with people who are also passionate about The Salt Table. “We love what we do and feel we are in a ‘happy spot.’”
The couple enjoy traveling and recently took a Caribbean cruise. Carol says, “It was our first vacation in three years, and we had the best time.” They also love going to Jekyll Island, the location of one of their shops, and exploring Savannah.
The Salt Table won the coveted Tripadvisor “Traveler’s Choice Award” after receiving Tripadvisor’s Hall of Fame recognition for two consecutive years and its Certificate of Excellence award for seven years.
Visit them online at www.salttable.com or in person at:
- Savannah Historic District Shop
- Jekyll Island
- Pooler, Factory Shop
- Savannah Hilton Head Airport Shop
- Savannah Hilton Head Airport Spirits Shop
- Savannah Convention Center