Oct. 9 – ENID, Oklahoma – Bolenbaugh Insurance Inc. has relocated to a new location at 309 N. Harrison after spending the last 31 years at 1024 W. Maple.
The new location offers better accessibility and takes advantage of the larger office space to accommodate a number of small businesses, some of which are owned by the company’s policyholders.
Geneva Bolenbaugh said they branched out a bit. She said some small boutiques have been added. She said various artists have their artworks for sale there, as well as jewelry and coins, comics, handmade crochet clothes and tie-dye clothes that will be available in the future.
“I just have some of my policyholders and various people in the community who are very creative, and I have the office space,” Bolenbaugh said. “So I help get their name out there and they sort of commission their articles here. So when they sell something, they make some money, and so do I.”
Bolenbaugh said if their policyholders have something they want to display or sell, they have that opportunity. She said if there are others who want to bring their stuff they can move the goods every now and then to have different vendors there changing with variety from time to time.
“I like to get involved in the community, and this is one way to do that,” Bolenbaugh said.
Bolenbaugh said her in-laws founded the insurance company in 1986 with its original location at Oakwood and Carrier Road. They moved to the Maple location in 1991 and to the new location on September 2. A tape average was held on Thursday and Bolenbaugh said business has been great since the move.
“It was pretty good,” she said. “My policyholders had a little trouble finding me at first, but now they really like it. Because they say, ‘We don’t have to climb stairs. It’s such a nicer place.’”
She said her father-in-law died in February and he tried for about four years to get her to move the agency. She said she was just kind of dragging her feet because it had been at the other place for so long. But since he wanted her to move it, she decided that was what she wanted to do eventually.
“After he died, I was like, ‘You know, this is something he really wanted from me. I need to think about it more seriously.’ So I sat down and prayed about it, weighed my pros and cons and just made a list,” Bolenbaugh said. “And eventually he came out of faith and did it.”
Holubar is an economics reporter for Enid News & Eagle.
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