By Kim Brooks, Express Editor
Rick Meyer State Farm Insurance now has a new home in Monticello, 615 S. Main St. (former South Main Events). Rick Meyer and his wife Lindsey bought the building in May. They remodeled and moved their residence upstairs, with the intent to relocate State Farm below.
Meyer said he’s been to events inside South Main before and always thought it would make a nice business.
He made his employees aware of the idea and all were on board he said. The building lent itself to a great State Farm office. It was already ADA approved, for one.
“The Foleys (Pam and Bill) were awesome to work with,” remarked Rick of the purchase.
State Farm is a nationally recognized name. Because of that, Meyer utilized the company’s expertise in coming up with a design for the office space that made sense for both Meyer’s business and the State Farm company.
“We worked together on the layout,” said Meyer.
There were some criteria he had to meet, which was not an issue at all: security, visibility and location. State Farm was previously located along S. Main Street, so the visibility remains about the same. Meyer said he has additional parking at this new location than before. There is also more space for the offices.
One thing that attracted Meyer to the building in the first place was its history. The building’s cornerstone has the year 1922 stamped on it. Ironically, State Farm Insurance began in 1922.
Throughout the remodel process, Meyer said people in the community would comment on the history of the building as far as the businesses that have been inside through the years and the people who have lived upstairs.
“I wanted to keep the nostalgia and history alive within the building,” said Meyer.
When entering State Farm from the south entrance (facing Happy Joe’s), customers have a waiting area with a TV playing State Farm commercials. There is a children’s area to keep the little ones occupied. The Pixar “Cars” movie theme is seen throughout the waiting area, sure to spark kids’ attention!
There are six offices, a conference room, a storage room and an employee kitchen/break room.
“We worked with corporate’s interior designer on the set-up and décor,” Meyer said.
New interior walls were built to separate the individual offices. With only 2 windows facing S. Main Street to work with for natural lighting, the interior design makes the best use out of the floor plan as possible. In all, 200 linear feet of walls were erected.
In all, it took just three months to complete the work before State Farm moved in last weekend.
“It really did take all of the three months,” Meyer said of the task.
Of living upstairs, Meyer said he and his wife like the idea. He said he was at the office so much before that now he’s literally at home.
“I’m involved in the community and am happy to call Monticello home,” Meyer said. “We enjoy it here.”
With their new location, State Farm committed to its customers and their needs.
“We intend to be here for a long time.”
With a wide array of insurance options to offer, Meyer said State Farm is really your one-stop-shop.
You can contact Rick Meyer State Farm Insurance at 465-4267. Stop in to see their new office!
PHOTOS: Top: Rick Meyer State Farm Insurance recently moved to 615 S. Main St., the former South Main Events building. Customers and clients can enter through the south entrance, facing Happy Joe’s. (Photo by Kim Brooks) Bottom: The hallway inside State Farm includes offices, a conference room and an employee break room.