Emily: Yeah, so far so good.
Karen: The food here is divine.
Emily: I love creating experiences for people.
Karen: It's a very hot spot for the locals.
Emily: That is the heart of it for me.
Karen: The James Beard semifinalist of 2017 for best new restaurant. She's been written up in Southern Living, Bon Appétit. I just could go on and on and on.
Emily: What I think makes Saint Leo extraordinary is that it's totally different than anything else that's offered around here.
Karen: It's good food for people, so we all appreciate that. And I think that shows in her success.
Emily: Origin was with me from when I moved to Oxford and got my first home loan. I genuinely knew nothing about starting a business. So that was my initial call to Karen.
Karen: When she came to me, we just had to figure out how to do it.
Emily: Only in hindsight have I realized how hard it is actually to get business loans, especially as a woman and especially in the restaurant industry. So, my appreciation has grown much deeper that they were willing to take a chance on me from the very beginning.
Karen: Once she opened the restaurant and was so successful, it was a good feeling to know that my gut instincts where right about her, and I think she felt the same way that she had made the right decisions. I say, "Go Emily."
Emily: From that very first home loan, through the process of opening a small business, to understanding cash flow which Karen helps me with frequently. I feel like they are genuinely a part
of my team because we actually talk and we email so frequently. I'm sorry if I'm bugging you all the time, but I email her like four days a week, five days.
Karen: At Origin, that's just what we do. And we feel like she's part of our team.
Emily: It's absolutely essential to good businesses to have positive relationships with your bank.
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