Carol Legasse: The Salt TableMar 08, 2023 08:05AM ● By Jan Southern
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, their Salt Table stores also feature 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 a couple 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. Including its online shop, The Salt Table now has six locations throughout coastal Georgia.
Carol creates about 300 of their own award-winning salt and seasonings and other products that are hand-blended and packaged in Pooler. New flavor profiles are added often with the most recent being, her “Savory Cyprus Salt Blend”, and “Spicy Garlic and Pepper.”
“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 a woman asked for a product that would enhance her favorite adult beverage, so I created a new line of salt rimmers. They have become quite popular.”
“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. Recently 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. After 12 years we love what we do and continue to be in a ‘happy spot.”’
The couple enjoy traveling and recently took a Caribbean cruise. Carol says, “With the ability to travel once again, we have some international trips lined up and many more on our bucket list.” They also love going to Jekyll Island, the location of one of their shops, and exploring Georgia.
The Salt Table was picked by readers of Pooler magazine as the “Best Specialty Shop,” and have won numerous awards over the years. In April, Georgia Public Broadcasting will feature The Salt Table in an episode of “Fork in The Road”, a TV show featuring agriculture and food businesses based in Georgia.
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
• Online at www.SaltTable.com
(912) 988-1059 | www.SaltTable.com