The idea to import Turkish textiles morphed into a thriving food business in 2006. Mark Martello suggested that his wife, Zeynep (aka-Z), bring the textile samples to the Bogert Park Farmer's Market to see how the public would react to the Turkish cotton.
While the textiles proved to be a bit too large a burden to bring to Bozeman, Z's idea to offer her homemade baklava as an enticement to browse, proved to be a large step toward her budding food empire.
In the fall of 2006, Z's Hummus first appeared on the shelves of Town and Country, Joe's Parkway, Rosauer's, and Heeb's. The following summer, Z's husband put a vertical broiler on top of a used hot dog cart, and Bozeman's best gyros began to be served Tuesday nights from June-September at Bogert Park.
That summer Z's expanded into Missoula and gained a long running foothold at the Good Food Store. Since then, Z's has made its way to Yellowstone Park, where Z's Hummus is a top selller in Yellowstone's four General stores.
Z's Gyros continued to grow as well in the summer of 2008, when the couple upgraded to a concession trailer to allow them to, more easily, take their show on the road throughout the state of Montana. For the first few years, Z's Hummus and Gyros was a side business, while Mark Martello concentrated on sales positions, and anchoring for KBZK News.
In 2009, the couple turned their full attention to the food business, and jumped into the food business full time. A short stint with lunch at the Rocky Mountain Seafood Company, with the trailer, combined with the long Montana winters, convinced the pair that they needed a facility to accomodate their growing business.
A year and a half search led the couple to the corner of 19th and Babcock and the Langhor's Flowerland building. Z's Meze (Meh=zey) Market is a classic "corner store" where patrons can dig into fresh, authentic Mediterranean cuisine, in a bright comfortable setting. Meze means "small plates", but Z's offers big flavor, in quick, convenient packages.