by Lisa Schauer
Main Street Hancock marked the opening of Sideling Hill Financial on Main Street at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, open house and block party on Thursday, June 29.
“So many people are coming through here, with the Western Maryland Rail Trail and the C&O Canal. They all need services, everything from craft stores to restaurants and more. Some of the buildings on Main Street, like this one and Flannel, are being filled,” said Eric Exline with Main Street Hancock.
The nonprofit economic development organization produces events like Miracle on Main and Barge Bash to highlight the town’s assets and historic character.
“Hancock has the capacity to be great. We need people here to support the vision, and it’s important to follow through on that support,” said John Schriever, a financial advisor and owner of Sideling Hill Financial. He moved his business from Chambersburg to Hancock.
“This is a dream come true. Standing here, owning the building and the business, right across from where I worked my first real job, at Hendershot’s,” reflected Schriever from the Main Street sidewalk, greeting guests, neighbors and local dignitaries at the grand opening of his new location.
“I learned then to always do what’s right. Live life with no regrets by always being honest,” said Schriever on his experience at the longtime sporting goods store. Hendershot’s also moved its location back to Hancock’s Main Street from the city, in their case Hagerstown, several years ago.
Schriever, who lives in Warfordsburg with his wife Ashley, daughter Brynley and son Kaiden, has 13 years of experience as a financial advisor at large investment firms such as Northwest Mutual.
The move from Chambersburg to Hancock made sense in order to be more central for clients in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, explained Schriever.
Sideling Hill Financial provides retirement planning, investment planning, estate planning, and risk management.
“We’re really good listeners, to understand our customers’ needs. We’re not a cookie-cutter shop,” said Schriever.
“We’re more personable, more like family, taking care of each other. Small towns are great for that,” added Dylan Beddow, Director of Operations at Sideling Hill Financial.
“This town is mighty,” declared Michael McKay, a Republican member of the Maryland senate, representing Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties in Annapolis, as he presented a citation recognizing Schriever at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Sideling Hill Financial is located at 79 W. Main Street. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. Anyone interested in more information can call 301-678-5030 or visit their website at www.sidelinghillfinancial.com.