Landria, a University of Michigan graduate, founded The Sassy Olive after addressing a personal frustration with headbands. Starting as a small hobby business while working on her Master’s of Public Health in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology, it has grown into a thriving enterprise in Downtown Allegan. Today, The Sassy Olive offers a diverse range of headbands, trendy clothing, home decor, and gifts. Landria manages a team of 9 women, ages 16 to 66, and actively supports her community.
Beyond business, Landria advocates for body positivity, using her platform to empower women and openly discussing mental health challenges. She shares her personal journey, surviving abuse, and coping with disorders, aiming to inspire others. Landria leads Allegan Speak Up, addressing crucial issues like LGBTQ+ rights, women's reproductive rights, and racial equality.
Despite initial skepticism, Landria's business has brought new life to Downtown Allegan and she actively supports local causes. Notable achievements include a $34,000 face mask donation initiative during COVID, providing employment and contributing over 40,000 masks to the community. Landria's vision extends beyond The Sassy Olive, with plans for Lunabode, her third commercial property in Downtown Allegan, aiming to fill market needs and foster positive change. Her overarching mission is to promote diversity, inclusivity, and creativity, creating a welcoming space for all at The Sassy Olive.