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Richard Haas and Kate Haas

“The Earth Natural Food Store is Norman’s original hippie health food store, but we are so much more. For us, it’s all about community. When we bought The Earth in 2003, we wanted to bring health and wellness to Norman. We also wanted to create a community hub for like-minded earthlings to meet friends. The store, the community garden, and The Earth Café and Deli on Campus Corner have become that hub.

We love that Republic Bank & Trust cares as much about our community as we do and has taken the lead on sustainability. Most customers may not think about the paper their statements come on. We think it’s commendable for Republic to be concerned about a cleaner and safer environment by offering a paperless Go Green account. We wish every business would focus on reducing, reusing, recycling, and educating people on a different way to live.

We believe in local economies; small, locally owned businesses are the personality of the town. Aside from the convenience, we definitely want to use a local bank. We feel very connected and in touch, and for these reasons, we love our bank!”