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Unique Olive Oil & Vinegar Business Opens in Washington County

"This is the first business of its kind in the county. I chose to do this business here because I live here and I didn't want travel to do it somewhere else," said Sihin Tsegaye of Weyira Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Gallery.

HAGERSTOWNMd. - It's considered a booming business nationwide, but in Washington County this olive oil company is actually the first and only of its kind.

"This is the first business of its kind in the county. I chose to do this business here because I live here and I didn't want travel to do it somewhere else," said Sihin Tsegaye of Weyira Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Gallery.

The new store has high quality infused olive oil and vinegar from around the world. 

Sihin said before launching the business weeks ago, many discouraged her from opening Weyira because the product demand wasn't there. However she believes that as more people become familiar with the health benefits of the product, it's a business worth pursuing.

"But I say this is a healthy product. If they learn and get to know about the product, they will buy it," said Tsegaye.

Workers at Weyira say most of their customers are very health conscious. The store also draws in health groups, like Weight Watchers.

One local resident, Michelle Liefke, said she likes to keep fit by going to the gym regularly and purchasing olive oil, especially for its health benefits.

“I wanted to get some olive oil for dinner. I knew this place just opened up. I wanted to support a local business and I know that buying fresh olive oil is very beneficial," said Liefke.

Italian researchers from the University of Florence have found that extra virgin olive oil may prevent or delay the appearance of Alzheimer's disease.

It’s a health product pouring in more than 45 flavors, right here in Washington County

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