Toula Argentis spent 20 successful years working in the corporate world in Canada, the U.S., and France. She reached the top tier as a CFO, but she wasn’t happy. She wanted to make a difference in the world, to help people.
Being of Greek descent, Toula grew up cooking and baking Greek foods before dabbling in recipes of other cultures. She fell in love with the art of creating good food, and she realized its power. She truly believed good food could make someone’s life better. And then, she became a mother. Her children were born with food sensitivities, including sensitivity to gluten. Finding the gluten-free market limited, Toula rose to the challenge. With patience, support, and experimentation, she created desserts and breads that her children could eat and enjoy.
The love of food, the goal of making a difference in people’s lives through food, and the desire to include her children, led Toula to start her own gluten-free bakery. She began at The Edge Kitchen, a shared facility, and started by selling her products at farmers’ markets. After two and half years, she opened her first retail store in Downtown Alpharetta and began selling to the general public as well as wholesale markets.
She says, “The Edge Connection provides startup businesses with a team of experts who will listen to you and your dream. They provide business planning help and ask you the hard questions that will help you determine if you are on the right track. Above all, it is a team of experts who believed in what I wanted to do and that alone gives a startup business the encouragement it needs to get through the rough patches and hurdles.”