My name is Andrew and I was born and raised in Richmond Virginia. I spent seven years of my life in the restaurant industry. I loved the job but wasn't a big fan of the lifestyle. As somebody who was vastly overweight my entire life I realized my job wasn’t helping matters. About three and a half years ago, I decided enough was enough. I woke up February 3, 2008 and made a shift. At first it was just small changes, which soon lead to bigger changes. Before I knew it, I had lost over half my body weight. I rededicated my life to my passions: fitness and nutrition. I'm currently a personal trainer and I love the work and my clients. Once I lost weight my taste in food changed. I became increasingly obsessed with peanuts (saltless of course) and peanut butter. Which brings us to Reginald's.
I quickly realized that nothing really satisfied my need and quest for the perfect peanut butter. So, once day, I started messing around in the kitchen. Before you know it my hobby became a profession. Yes, I consider myself a peanut (and various other nut) butter expert. Do what you do and do it well, right? Well, if I do say so myself, I do peanut butter very well.
It should be known that I’m not alone in this venture. My partner in crime happens to be my mom, Lois. She is a former nursery school teacher turned yoga instructor (we enjoy being active), and she also shares my issues with peanut butter. (Ok, so maybe those issues don't run quite as deep as mine, but... anyway back to my mom.) She is a very detail-oriented woman—which is perfect cause I can be all over the map. So as far as a partner goes we are a perfect match. Another thing you should know about my Mom is what I would say is her greatest accomplishment in life: beating breast cancer. I'm quite proud of her will and determination in her battle. That’s why, in honor of my mom, other survivors and especially those who have lost the fight against breast cancer, Reginald's will have several sale drives throughout the year with a portion of the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen foundation.
And there’s one more part of the story: Reginald. The name of the company comes from our second family dog, Reginald. Reginald was a regal, full of himself, one of a kind cockapoo. Yep, a 25 pound monster (in the best way possible), good ole Reg thought of himself much more as a person than dog. I’m pretty positive there are not many in the animal kingdom liked Reginald and I felt there was no better way to honor the little man than name our company after him. Thus, Reginald's Homemade.
So that’s us! As we continue to grow I’m sure I’ll be posting more stories (mostly about peanut butter) that will hopefully let you in on the behind the scenes action. Feel free to drop us a line or a comment and let us know how we’re doing. Or, if you need a Peanut Butter Anonymous sponsor, I’m definitely the right man for the job. Until next time, Andrew