The Beacon - April 21, 2016
In August, State Farm Agent Trish McCartney will be celebrating 18 years in business.
“An opportunity presented itself when Ken McAtee (wife, Mary) was retiring after 34 years of being a State Farm Agent,” said McCartney. “I thought Port Clinton would be a great place to raise my kids. I chose Port Clinton and I don’t plan on going anywhere else.”
McCartney purchased 315 Lincoln Drive, the old City Bakery building on the corner of State and Lincoln, after having her business located in the Sutton Center.
“It will be really nice to have something better on that corner,” said McCartney. “Once I started looking at the building differently, I really saw the potential.”
“When I would tell people I was buying the City Bakery building, they would start to reminisce about the bakery and tell me about their favorite pastry; maple cream stick, chewy brownie or long johns. After the dust would settle in the conversation about the pastries, the emotional stories started,” said McCartney as she started to tell stories from customers about City Bakery owner Joe Juby. “He would open early so I could get my lemon poppy seed bread before work, he used to bake my special needs daughter a cake every year for her birthday.”
“It was more than just a bakery,” said McCartney. “It was an emotional experience; a destination.”
McCartney has completely renovated the downstairs space to accommodate her State Farm office. She has three globe lights that she found left over from the City Bakery days and is keeping them for the new space. She also plans to have an accent wall of vintage photographs paying homage to the building’s former life.
“This really has turned out to be a bigger deal than I ever expected,” said McCartney.
McCartney wanted to thank the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation and Gluth Brothers Construction.
For more information on Trish McCartney State Farm Agency visit her at her new office or online at statefarm.com.
McCartney did an interview with with Bert Fall on WPCR - PortClintonRadio.com on January 21, 2016 to talk about her new building and the part that OCIC played in the purchase.