When Paul and Shea Gill transferred with his wholesale distribution job from Montgomery to the beach eight years ago, they kept looking for specialty food stores like they were accustomed to in Montgomery, but never found one.
"Finally, we thought if no one else is going to do it, we would jump in and do it ourselves," said Paul.
The Gills set out to find the best local sources for meat, vegetables, and wine and set a business plan in motion.
The Gills opened Thirty-A Filet & Vine on March 2 in the Sunset Promenade on County Road 393S, a quarter mile north of County Highway 30A.
Gill describes Thirty-A Filet & Vine as a specialty meat, wine, and provisions store.
"We offer locally-raised grass-fed beef and Wagyu beef, which is the highest quality we can get. Wagyu is known for its marbling and tenderness, and all is locally sourced from Chipley," he said.
The chicken is free-range organic that can be purchased whole and by the breast.
The store also carries Berkshire pork by the butt, chops, or tenderloin.
And, no need to make another stop at a wine store to pair a wine with your meat choice, as Thirty-A Filet & Vine stocks the wines that pair perfectly with their meats, which they can recommend. If you're not sure, tastings are offered free.
The Gills held tastings for a few connoisseurs before opening to be able to stock the perfect varietals. Two local wine reps will schedule wine tastings for the public in the future.
As your perfect one-stop shop for dinner, the store also offers locally produced tomatoes, onions, squash, peppers and beans.
"We are working with another local farmer to get boxed salads and kale," said Gill.
There is also a selection of cheeses, olives, and salami trays.
Gill is also working with local chefs to stock take-and-bake one-pan entrées such as chicken parmesan.
Bread for the night's dinner is baked locally.
While there, pick up a T-shirt with the Thirty-A logo.
Thirty-A Filet & Vine is located at 1598 CR 393S, just north of Gulf Place. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram. Visit the website for more information, thirtyafiletandvine.com.
"This is a project we always wanted to do and moved on it," said Gill.