Those were the days when most business was done face to face and every transaction was on paper. “Now, we still talk with our customers, but so much business is done by telephone, and computers have replaced paper files,” Jim Ed noted.
Jim Ed remembers when downtown businesses started drifting toward the truck route during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The migration began after U.S. 27 was four-laned between Somerset and Burnside and Tradewind shopping center opened a cluster of then-unbelievably modern businesses.
Jarvis Insurance didn’t move, and there are no regrets. The agency currently has a staff of six and represents major national and regional companies. Jarvis purchased in 1995 Mutual Insurance Agency from Bob Niekirk.
“Downtown is still a great place for Jarvis Insurance,” Jim Ed declared. Businesses with historical roots like Jarvis Insurance are a solid base for downtown revitalization.
“It’s a perfect location for us,” said Jim Ed. Out the front door, in plain view, is the magnificent fountain flowing at the center of recently renovated Fountain Square.