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Emily got her start in the local restaurant scene through very successful pop-ups that she hosted around town using a mobile oven. But ultimately, her goal was to find a more permanent space.

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Origin was with me when I moved to Oxford and got my first home loan.
Emily Blount
Owner, Saint Leo

She loves providing a complete experience for guests – setting the backdrop for their conversations and celebrations. After creating her own little “community” within her adopted hometown of Oxford, Saint Leo became a James Beard Foundation Award finalist for Best New Restaurant in 2017.

Savoring Her

Emily met Origin banker Karen when she applied for a loan to purchase her first house in Oxford after moving from New York City. The two women were kindred spirits from the start, and Emily has been with Origin ever since. What impressed Karen the most was Emily’s year and a half of thorough research before opening Saint Leo – from recipes to specific kinds of pizza ovens. After all, Karen shares this same passion for all the little details that make up a personalized customer experience.

At Origin . . . we feel like she’s part of our team.
Karen Stockton
Origin Banker
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