Angie Blades spent 27 years as an employee for Fiesta Nutrition health and natural foods store before buying the Monroe business in 2004. As sales skyrocketed, she set her sights on expansion. In particular, Blades eyed a larger space in a landmark, midtown building.
She proposed the idea to Origin banker Rick Siudy, who’s worked with Blades since the 1980s. “He looked at the figures and what we had to work with and said, ‘You know, you can do this,’” Blades recalls.
Thanks in large part to their familiarity, Siudy helped Blades secure the right kind of loan to make the expansion possible and advised her on countless details to give Fiesta Nutrition the best chance at success.
“There was no doubt, she had the right stuff to make it happen,” he says. “Angie is very passionate about what she does. I think it’s important to her to do things that help people feel better about themselves. She's very knowledgeable, and I've always admired that.”
Fiesta Nutrition is a prime example of Origin’s style of doing business ‒ real, face-to-face relationships based on mutual trust and respect. It’s not only a friendlier form of banking, it’s good business. Customers get a richer level of service, while Origin has the insight to help make informed decisions.
“The relationship with your bank is really critical,” says Blades. “I’ve got enough on my shoulders with opening the doors every day and purchasing and all the things that go with retailing,” Blades says. “Rick is very hands on. He comes around and looks. He’s a customer who likes to just drop in and see what’s going on here. It means a lot to me that he’s proud of this store and proud of me.”
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