TIFTON — After months of renovation in a historic downtown building, brothers John and Michael Bowen of 31 North Wealth Management held their grand opening on April 12.
The building was built in 1915 and was previously a garage, said Michael. They purchased the building in February of 2017 and began completely overhauling the building in conjunction with Chris Brooks of Structures by Chris Brooks the following August.
“We took out all the drywall, all the carpet, all the dropped tile ceilings,” Michael said. “The back space was completely unfinished. It was just a garage floor with a wooden mezzanine space they were using for storage.”
In order to retain the industrial look they were going for, they sourced old brick to coordinate with the exposed brick that was already there for their offices.
“That wall is the outside of one building and the other is the outside of the other building,” Michael said. “Back then they just threw a roof up here and called it an office.”
Both John and Michael say they are blessed to be working with each other in this venture that started in two converted horse stalls out on the family farm in Enigma.
“As we knew that this thing had the potential to grow and reach not only throughout the community and region we knew we wanted to move downtown, plant our flag in the downtown,” John said. “When we stumbled upon this building and saw the original exposed brick, the high ceilings and trusses. The whole thing just screamed modern industrial.”
Seeing potential is what the brothers do, both personally and professionally.
“I think we see the universe as a canvas,” John said.
They try to apply that philosophy to their business as well.
Michael said they focus on helping people invest and save for life goals, such as retirement or college savings. They also help with other financial issues such as estate planning, understanding insurance products and paying off debt.
“It’s hard to manage that process and produce the outcomes you’re trying for by yourself,” he said. “That’s why we’re here, to help people do that.”
“We really want to understand specific goals and really tailor investment portfolios to serve and try to achieve those goals,” John added.
They also do financial planning and management for businesses, institutions and agencies in addition to individuals and families.
“That’s the goal,” John said. “To improve the community’s and the region’s and the country’s financial wellbeing. We’re here to stay in Tifton. We’re focused and eager to play a part in Tifton’s constant growth and development.”