Local State Farm to hold open house Friday
SALEM — Bridgett Cutlip State Farm Insurance will hold an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday to celebrate the move to their new permanent location at 188 N. Lincoln Ave. in Salem.
The business opened by Cutlip on Sept. 1, 2003 was first located in a former bank building on the site where GetGo is located now, sharing the space with a doctor’s office and the real estate firm Century 21. Then a move was made to an office off of Cunningham Road with an address of East State Street in a small plaza.
Cutlip said she wanted to own her own building and no longer rent, leading to the new location, what she called her third and final move. One of her employees had a connection with the owner of the building on North Lincoln Avenue and learned it was coming available. Cutlip bought the building at auction last October and finalized the move effective Nov. 1.
Several months of renovations later, the building is ready for unveiling to clients and potential clients.
The business employs four full-time fully licensed agents, including Cutlip, who serves as agent/owner, her husband Shayne, and Beth Fromm and Cody Lallo. State Farm offers auto insurance, home insurance, life insurance and bank products such as vehicle loans, deposit products, checking and savings, certificates of deposit with terms ranging from anywhere from 90 days to five years, and home mortgages. The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday.
The building constructed in 1930 has housed a variety of businesses, including the gas company and counseling center and may have been a home at one time and even a church. Shayne spent the past four months renovating the structure. Cutlip said everything’s new, with new windows, new siding, a new roof, new electrical and new furniture. There’s a tin ceiling and wood floors throughout.
She said when the building was purchased, there were 17 single pane windows, so new windows were the first to be installed. She went with State Farm red for the siding color. There’s even a fireplace and a long dining room table with several leaves that came with the building in the conference room.
“I think it’s important to preserve history. The architecture of this building is just fabulous. Salem’s a great community. I love living here and anything I can do to make it better, I want to do,” Cutlip said.
Originally from Garrettsville, she and Shayne have lived in Salem for many years now and they’re raising their family here, with two children, one in ninth grade and one in sixth grade.
A parking lot is located behind the building, with the rear entrance being the main entrance. In the spring, she said they’re planning to put in a handicapped accessible lot that’s closer to the door.
Refreshments will be served at the open house and all are welcome. The phone number is 330-332-4600.