Few new businesses made their debut in Tahlequah during the holiday season, which is not unusual. But one local business did open its doors Jan. 1, and others are expected to follow soon.
Eagle Creek Insurance, 1605 S. Muskogee Ave., opened under the direction of Chad Eagleton.
The Daily Press also requested tips on businesses that opened in the past year, but might not have been reported. Readers and Facebook friends suggested Native Office Supply, Infinity Title and GTR Fitness LLC.
“I work mainly with American National,” Eagleton said. “I already have a book of business here in Tahlequah, which is great.”
Eagleton and his wife are alumni of Northeastern State University, and she works for the Cherokee Nation.
“So I know the community, and we are a hometown agency,” he said. “We care about each client - you aren’t just a number. This is a type of agency that visits your house and calls on birthdays. That is how I was brought up, and that is the way we want to treat our clients.”
Eagle Creek offers farm insurance and a special program for qualifying policy holders.
“Under the program we can give back 25 percent of your annual premium if you carry your auto and homeowner’s insurance with us,” Eagleton said.
Native Office Supply, 171 W. Fourth St. in the Homestead Mortgage Building, is a venture that opened last September. Erb Kimble is the owner.
“This is an all-around office supply through catalogues,” Kimble said. “We offer paper, pens, ink cartridges, office furniture. We also offer printing services for envelopes and business cards. We also have janitorial supplies.”
Kimble said he is doing more business lately, and that Native Office Supply is certified by the Tribal Employment Rights Office of the Cherokee Nation.
“Anyone who needs office supplies should contact us,” he said. “We can offer free delivery around town.”
Also in the Homestead Mortgage Building is a business that rebooted under a new moniker in the Tahlequah area early in 2013, Infinity Title, owned by Dean Allen.
“We actually opened in 2000, then we sold in 2010 to Green Country Abstract,” Allen said. “But we decided to open here under a new name about a year ago. It is the same people doing the same type of work, but under a different name.”
The proprieters are in the same location at which they first started in 2000.
“We moved around a couple of times and ended up back here,” Allen said. “Mainly, we do real estate closings and title insurance. We’re simply the best. We’ve been doing it longer than any of the other people and we do a really good job.”
Another business that opened during 2013 is GTR Fitness LLC, 1753 S. Muskogee Ave, owned by Greg Richmond.
Among the most anticipated businesses slated to open soon is Quiznos, a popular sandwich shop that was on the cutting edge of the toasted sub trend. Specifics are not yet confirmed as to the location and opening date.
Those wishing to locate a business in town can call the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce for information at (918) 456-3742.