1. How long have you been in Texarkana & what drew you to downtown as a place to move your business?
My family has been in Texarkana since July 2000, when we relocated from Greenville, Texas due to a promotion from a previous company. I had been thinking about relocating Kesler and Sons Allstate for a couple of years, we were beginning to outgrow our location and I wanted a place we could really call our own. As soon as I saw the real estate listing, I knew 515 Main Street was the perfect place to relocate. That same day I signed a contract to purchase the building.
2. Do you have a favorite downtown moment or memory?
I believe the year was 2005, my sons (Caleb and Caden) and I entered the Battle of the Bands at the annual Quadrangle Festival, they were 10 and 15 years old at the time. We won 1st place that day, which led to many other music engagements for the Kesler Brothers, including Jump Jive & Jam Fest, the Watermelon Festival, the T Bone Walker Blues Fest, Grapefest, and several other venues.
3. Can you tell us something interesting you've found in your building?
It is my understanding that the upstairs portion of the building used to be the Carpenters Union Hall. There is an emblem on the storefront of the building with the Carpenters emblem. Many people think it is the masonic lodge emblem, but it is indeed, a Carpenters Union emblem. The first floor of the building was an architect’s office from what I’ve been told. In an effort to maintain the historical aspect of the building, we’ve lined the walls with vintage Texarkana photographs. Clients love to come in and take a trip down memory lane. Some of our photos date back to the early 1900s.
4. What do you want people to know about your business?
We have a warm, professional, and spacious office with a conference room and an extra office for privacy, if needed. Above all, I would like folks to know that we are here to serve the public with their insurable needs, and I am so proud to have the staff that represents Kesler & Son’s. I couldn’t ask for a better support staff than what I have with Caleb, Caden, Jessica, and Doug. I am blessed to have great people representing our agency with my name associated with it.
5. What would you like to see downtown in the future?
Growth, growth, and more growth. I am proud to be downtown. Although downtown is older, it has a vibe to it that northern Texarkana just doesn’t have. North of I-30 seems to be hustle and bustle. I think downtown is more laid back, less traffic. Fast food restaurants are not found, but great atmosphere restaurants and great food is what will be found if you visit downtown. Also, the loft apartments are growing downtown and I look for that to continue to expand.
Thank you, Mr. Kesler! Kesler & Sons Allstate is located at 515 Main Street in downtown Texarkana and can be reached at (903)831-3866. You can keep up with them online through Facebook @Kesler Allstate.