Sadie’s Relish, created by Medina native Mercedes Wilson, now offered at 66 Tops stores
Press Release, Tops Friendly Markets
WILLIAMSVILLE – Mercedes Wilson, or as she is known among friends and family, Sadie, is over the moon about her recent sweet success of expanding her relish line into 66 Tops Friendly Markets.
Wilson, a 2000 Medina High School graduate, debuted her products at 39 locations last summer just in time for Father’s Day, a fitting tribute to the man she has to thank in part for her success.
Inspired by her grandma Grace’s “Cha-Cha” recipe, you will often find Wilson cooking side by side with her father, Kelvin Holloway, incorporating her family’s recipe in everything from breakfast staples like eggs to side dishes and others such as, ribs, chicken, on scallops and tacos!
“When my father mentioned it, I had no clue what it was,” Wilson said. “He did his best to describe the flavors to me, and I made it until my father said it reminded him of what my grandmother used to make.”
Since then, Wilson began making it for friends and family, who fell in love with it.
“What you see at Tops on the shelves is the one inspired by my grandmother,” Wilson said. “I hope it makes her proud.”
A foodie at heart, Wilson was always around food since she was little. She recalls being around her grandma, the inspiration for this recipe, who was always cooking as her father was one of 11 children.
“Once breakfast was done, she was already getting ready for the next meal,” Wilson said.
That inspiration led Wilson to start her own line of Sadie’s Relish’s, and she tells a Tops spokeswoman perhaps some other delicious homemade recipes are on the horizon.
Wilson attributes her success to simply being kind to people and building relationships.
“The more genuine you are with your relationships and get to know people, the better business you are,” she said. “It comes back to you.”
Wilson is also grateful for new partnerships she is forging with essential and impactful programs like UB’s Cultivator Program and Launch NY, which she joined last summer, that is helping her grow her business.
“I am so excited to be a part of the UB Cultivator program,” she said. “This program was created to help early-stage startup founders in Western New York with mentorship and support. These mentors have rolled up their sleeves and helped me problem solve and become a better founder and thinker when it comes to my business.”
Wilson said the program also provides connections to investors and continued support through co-working space.
“I am so excited about expansion in 2023 Launch NY: Founders Go Big Initiative is an initiative that is designed to enhance the engagement of underrepresented, underserved founders in creating high-growth potential businesses,” she said. “I have mentors in this program that I meet with, and they challenge me to become better. Buffalo is truly amazing!”
As if her plate wasn’t already full running a successful business, she also recently joined AM Buffalo as co-host alongside Emily Lampa in June 2022 and is busy raising her family of four with her husband.
An accomplished singer, author, breast cancer survivor, and founder of a non-profit, there isn’t much that Sadie hasn’t tackled head-on and succeeded at. Last month she was also recognized in a ceremony at Medina High School as a distinguished graduate.