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All About Olives banks on OPB for its home-town biz

Tasty, gourmet stuffed olives are Lynne Twombly’s bread and butter. So are pickled vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegars and assorted housewares. These culinary must-haves make for a thriving business on Bay Street in the heart of Old Town Florence.

Owning and operating a retail shop was a new adventure for Lynne when All About Olives opened in 2011. Starting small, she has continued to expand her unique offerings to create a successful operation.

All About Olives is one of the three businesses that Lynne and her husband, Dave, own in Florence. In addition to the olive shop, they own and operate Socks to a T and Central Coast Disposal. Operating three companies means that they need a bank they can count on, which is why they have relied on Oregon Pacific Bank for the past two decades.

“We know the people who work there, and right from the beginning they made us feel like we—and our business—mattered to them,” Lynne says. “They have been here for us the whole 20 years we have been in business.”

As a small business owner, Lynne appreciates the personal local service that Oregon Pacific Bank provides. The Twombly’s rely on us for their business checking and savings, merchant services, point-of-sale services, credit cards, line of credit and mortgage loans.

“They have been instrumental in assisting us with our merchant services, and if we need any financial assistance in the slow season, they are there for us,” Lynne says.

Putting her trust in us for her financial needs means that Lynne can focus on expressing her love of food through her olive business—she loves getting to know her customers and is always tempting them with her tasty offerings. Her customers, in turn, appreciate that they can try her top-quality products before buying them.

We are big fans of All About Olives, and we love working with Lynne and seeing her and her store prosper. And, did we mention, her olives are outstanding!

Tasty, gourmet stuffed olives are Lynne Twombly’s bread and butter. So are pickled vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegars and assorted housewares. These culinary must-haves make for a thriving business on Bay Street in the heart of Old Town Florence.

Owning and operating a retail shop was a new adventure for Lynne when All About Olives opened in 2011. Starting small, she has continued to expand her unique offerings to create a successful operation.

All About Olives is one of the three businesses that Lynne and her husband, Dave, own in Florence. In addition to the olive shop, they own and operate Socks to a T and Central Coast Disposal. Operating three companies means that they need a bank they can count on, which is why they have relied on Oregon Pacific Bank for the past two decades.

“We know the people who work there, and right from the beginning they made us feel like we—and our business—mattered to them,” Lynne says. “They have been here for us the whole 20 years we have been in business.”

As a small business owner, Lynne appreciates the personal local service that Oregon Pacific Bank provides. The Twombly’s rely on us for their business checking and savings, merchant services, point-of-sale services, credit cards, line of credit and mortgage loans.

“They have been instrumental in assisting us with our merchant services, and if we need any financial assistance in the slow season, they are there for us,” Lynne says.

Putting her trust in us for her financial needs means that Lynne can focus on expressing her love of food through her olive business—she loves getting to know her customers and is always tempting them with her tasty offerings. Her customers, in turn, appreciate that they can try her top-quality products before buying them.

We are big fans of All About Olives, and we love working with Lynne and seeing her and her store prosper. And, did we mention, her olives are outstanding!

Banker Spotlight
Lori Gates

Lori Gates

VP, Branch Manager/Business Development Officer
Florence Branch
541-997-7121

“If you have any questions, or there’s anything you don’t understand, we’re here to help you.”

When Lori Gates started at Oregon Pacific Bank, company headquarters was in a trailer in a Florence parking lot. As the bank has grown over the years to have branch offices in five communities, Lori’s career has grown along with it.

“I got a job here, and it changed my life,” Lori says.

She’s done a little of everything at the bank since she began in 1980. She started off as a teller, and she enjoyed building rapport and relationships with customers. “I didn’t want to do anything else. I loved my job,” she recalls.

Later, she made the move to Merchant Services and found she loved that job, too, for many of the same reasons. She enjoyed working with customers onsite and helping them get their businesses set up to handle financial transactions. “That was my passion,” Lori says. “I’ve gotten to know so many businesses and owners in the community.”

Now, Lori is relishing her role as a Florence branch manager and makes herself available to answer any need or question that comes up. “I love helping people,” she says. “I’ve never woken up and said, ‘I don’t want to go work.’”

One of the things she looks forward to every year is the ice cream social held in Florence around the 4th of July. Last year, because of COVID-19, it was a drive-through event. But in past years, customers came by to visit in the lobby and enjoy ice cream and conversation. Lori dresses in red, white and blue for the occasion.

“I enjoy functions like that, doing something fun for the community,” she says.

Lori stays active supporting the community outside of her job at the bank, as well. She serves on the board for the Florence Rotarians and is an advisor for the Interact youth club, which carries out multiple service projects every year to aid the community.

Lori has also served on the board for Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Lane County. In addition, she helps teach financial literacy classes to high school students and seniors. One message she focuses on is how to prevent falling prey to scams. She says she sees far too many people who are victimized by fraud.

“If someone calls or sends an email, don’t give out any financial information,” she says. “Do your own research and look it up separately.”

She tells people to reach out should they ever have any need help in handling finances and avoiding fraud. “If you have any questions, or there’s anything you don’t understand, we’re here to help you.”

Lori appreciates how OPB encourages employees to be involved in civic organizations for the betterment of employees and community alike. She enjoys staying busy with her community service work and taking time to relax with her family at home.

Looking back over her career, Lori has seen a lot of change. She remembers keying in stacks of checks by hand, but now everything is done electronically. Sometimes change can be challenging, but she always strives to keep a positive attitude. And she’s proud to be a part of Oregon Pacific Bank.

“I still love this bank,” Lori says. “I love my job.”

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