Welcome to Startup Stories, a series that takes you behind the scenes to share what working at a startup is really like. Our mission at Thrive Market is simple: to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. But fulfilling our big dreams takes a team of dedicated, inspiring, funny, and tenacious people who show up to work every day eager to make a difference.
Today we’re introducing you to our Accounts Payable Associate, Sabrina Hargraves. When she’s not catching up with friends from her neighborhood group, she’s making sure the company pays its bills on time. Read on for our interview!
Let’s start with the basics! Tell us a bit about what you do at Thrive Market.
I pay the bills. Not with my wallet, of course! My responsibilities include receiving invoices, making sure they’re entered for approval and ready to be paid before their due dates.
What do you enjoy most about your role or your team?
Meeting people in all the different departments at Thrive Market has been the most enjoyable part about my role. Coming into this position, I knew very few people, but over my time here, I’ve had the chance to meet and work with all the teams.
Do you have any routines or rituals that help you feel your best?
I just started riding my bike to work and it gives me a burst of energy that helps fuel my day.
Any favorite snacks in the office kitchen?
My favorite grab from the kitchen is a banana with Thrive Market Almond Butter.
What inspires you to live a healthy lifestyle?
Growing up in the Midwest, I ate all the common food brands you’d find at the grocery store, without paying close attention to the ingredients. I also ate at restaurants where the food tasted great, but wasn’t good for me. When I moved to LA, I was suddenly surrounded by healthier options. I began to realize how much my eating habits impacted my overall health, and this understanding is what drew me to Thrive Market. I wanted to be part of a team that prioritized health and helped make healthy eating more accessible to everyone.
When do you feel most successful or proud of your work?
When someone reaches out to me for guidance and I’m able to provide them with what they need.
Give us a peek at what you eat during the day—breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack!
Breakfast is a bowl of oatmeal or a smoothie. Thrive Market provides food daily, so I have our catered lunch with a Runa energy drink. My favorite dinner is pasta! I use our Thrive Market Organic Marinara Pasta Sauce with Thrive Market Organic Spaghetti. My go-to snack at home is Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn.
What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Neighborhood groups! We gather throughout the week to have dinner and talk life together. Shoutout to my C3/LA crew!
What’s one thing you want others to know about Thrive Market that they might not learn otherwise?
Every employee at Thrive Market truly cares about helping other people and living the company’s mission. We are a part of a passionate company that is focused on providing everyone with the highest-quality options at affordable prices to help meet their needs.
Last but not least, what’s your favorite Thrive Market product and why?
Thrive Market Organic Coffee is my favorite product because there are a variety of options that all taste so great. I recently bought our Roasted Hazelnut blend and it has been perfect for summer mornings.