Alvord Insurance Agency Returns to Chardon Square
March 16, 2023 by Allison Wilson

Serah and Ryan Kalcher stood together March 2 on the pavement outside their renovated brick building at 101 Main Street on Chardon Square, giant scissors in hand, as they took part in a celebratory ribbon-cutting.

Serah and Ryan Kalcher stood together March 2 on the pavement outside their renovated brick building at 101 Main Street on Chardon Square, giant scissors in hand, as they took part in a celebratory ribbon-cutting.

The young couple owns Alvord Insurance Agency, a family-owned independent agency that recently moved back to Main Street after a stint on South Street.

It occupies part of the historic structure that previously belonged to Pat Martin, owner of Antiques on the Square. Martin currently leases the north side of the building to continue her business.

Business people and public officials attending the event congratulated the Kalchers.

“On behalf of the city, we want to tell you how pleased we are that you are back on the square. It felt empty without Alvord’s Insurance being on the square,” Chardon Mayor Chris Grau said. He presented them with a cookie version of a key to the city and they were given the ribbon from the cutting to be signed by every person in attendance.

The Kalchers received many compliments on the refurbished interior of the building. Alvords Insurance will occupy the downstairs front office while the basement and second floor will be leased to other businesses.
“The renovations you’ve done here are amazing — not only for yourselves, but for your additional businesses. The opportunities that you’ve given people are terrific,” Grau said.

Originally founded in 1937, Alvord Insurance Agency was located at 213 Main Street and later moved to South Street. The purchase of 101 Main Street was something of a dream for the Kalchers, who acquired the company in 2020.

Serah spoke emotionally about the work done through the COVID-19 pandemic and the dreams they have for their family and business.

“To my husband who’s done all of this, he brought our vision to life. This was our goal,” Serah told the crowd.

She teared as she continued, “He got to leave his job to grow a family business, and we’re growing our family and it’s just amazing. So thank you.”