There’s a branch of the South Valley National Bank in Tennant Station, less than a mile from my house. Yet, for some reason, when I needed a new bank account down here I foolishly went with national banking behemoth US Bank. Big mistake, but that’s another post. Once I wised up I followed my heart and went as local as possible (yes I know my Subway diet isn’t exactly local, but they’re a locally owned franchise and it’s a really good deal 🙂 )
South Valley national Bank (SVNB) is a part of the Pacific National Bancorp consisting of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, First National Bank of Central California, South Valley National Bank, San Benito Bank, and First Bank of San Luis Obispo and headquartered out of Santa Barbara. That’s about as local as it gets when you’re talking banking in this area. And it shows every time I visit.
The teller’s at the Tennant Station branch are uniformly friendly and knowledgeable. The woman who opened my account (whose name slips my mind at the moment) still remembers me despite my having my account for over a year and not needing to conduct any business with her since. The lines are quick. And there’s free popcorn in the lobby 🙂
All of that on top of free checking and the knowledge that the money I leave in their very capable hands is being lent out to local businesses to help support my local economy. I’m not sure what else to say about them. They offer all the standard banking services, have three locations (Cochrane Ave and 1st & Santa Teresa in Gilroy), and are the best bank I’ve ever done business with (including the three that I worked for).