Some things just have a way of working themselves out.
Take the case of Pete Peoples, a Lee’s Summit resident who earlier this month opened his own nutrition business in the New Longview area of Lee’s Summit.
After 33 years as an employee with a freight transportation company, and after three years in the insurance business, Peoples invested in a nutrition company that he had been using for personal health reasons.
Two years ago the company, Overland Park-based Midwest Nutrition, helped Peoples go from a rotund 255 pounds to a leaner 208 pounds in a year. Another year has passed and Peoples has settled in at a fit 190 pounds. The transformation was so great for Peoples and he believed in the products he was using at Midwest Nutrition so much, he decided to go the entrepreneurial route and open his own nutrition-based business.
Born out of Peoples’ health-conscious labor is Advanced Nutrition, which opened March 11 at 3360 S.W. Fascination Drive in New Longview.
"We are a company that helps people achieve health and wellness through nutrition," Peoples said. "Our focus is helping people get educated on nutrition, things that are good for them and learn how to make better choices. Nutrition is about 70 percent of your health and your wellness. Good exercise is about 30 percent and we encourage that, but we think (good nutrition is) what most people are missing now."
That Peoples would eventually choose to start Advanced Nutrition in New Longview was not a no-brainer despite the fact he resides just a minute’s drive away in the old Longview area. Plenty of location-scouting led Peoples on a building hunt throughout the metro area for the perfect spot.
"Actually, this was a blessing," Peoples said March 28 after sharing the mission and vision of Advanced Nutrition with a pair of students from Metropolitan Community College-Longview. "Back in October as I was looking for spots here on the Missouri side, I saw this space was available. I called and talked to the realtor about it and it was quite honestly out of my price range. We just kind of said ‘thank you’ and I kept looking. I found a place in Grandview – to the point I had a verbal agreement, but I hadn’t signed on the dotted line. He actually offered that spot to another person who signed a longer lease agreement.
"Initially that was kind of devastating until I started thinking about maybe there was a reason for that. It took another couple of months of looking around and then something said just check back (in Lee’s Summit). So, I called back and I just told them – I was pretty straightforward about my goals and that I’d love to be here. Something clicked. They went to the owner, we went to a meeting, we hit it off and we worked out a deal to get us here."
Joanne Pope, a personal wellness coach at Advanced Nutrition and a partner in the business as well, said timing was everything for her to join Peoples after she was forced to leave the wedding event planning business because a partner moved out of town.
Sharing the same place of worship as Peoples didn’t hurt to get involved in the start up, either, Pope said.
"When Pete told me about being with Midwest Nutrition and going there (as a client), I thought, ‘well this will kind of help me,’” she said. "I’ve always been into health. I went out and got a scan and I was a little bit overweight from where I wanted to be. I said. ‘OK, I’m going to buy the products.’ When I started doing that and I kept up my exercise, I started losing weight."
When Pete decided he really wanted to do this and I was just getting out – I’m a certified wedding event planner and my business partner moved out of town – I was like ‘OK.’ In February I closed down that location (in Grandview) and moved things over here. I just kind of came into it with him. It was a big transition. When he picked this place, I said, ‘fine, I don’t care. I’m moving wherever it is.’ It’s fun, I enjoy it. I enjoy working with people and I also tell them it can happen, but it can’t happen overnight."
Advanced Nutrition offers wellness screenings, herbs, supplements, healthy meal replacement shakes and other health-improving methods. The goal, Peoples said, is to help clients improve their health more so than to lose weight. He added weight loss can be a temporary gain if not properly motivated and maintained, while living a healthier lifestyle has more of a positive long-term effect.
"My mindset and my goal was by the end of 2012 was to have a nutrition club of my own." Peoples said. "I actually didn’t sign the lease until February of this year, but I think that was close enough for me to achieve my dream. I found something that I totally love. I have a passion for helping people and I think that’s why I stuck with insurance. After getting involved with this, it was a no-brainer to try it (as a business)."