The Bank of Oswego Sherwood Business Banking Center has officially moved from its former location on Roy Rogers Road into new quarters at 22578 S.W. Washington St. in the former Black Bird Coffee location.
And Tim M. Heine, who is the banks Sherwood branch vice president and senior lending officer, said one of the goals in moving to the new Old Town location was to ensure that the historic integrity of their new business in the D.M. Pankhard Building was kept intact.
We really made a conscience effort to keep a historic feel to this, said Heine, pointing out that the building dates from 1915.
Heine said hes looking forward to occupying a structure that served as a bank from the time of its construction until the 1940s. Heine even pointed to the old vault stickers signed by the bank inspector back in its heyday as proof of the buildings pedigree.
When the bank decided to remodel the 1,200-square-foot space that had served as a coffee shop in one form or another for years and years, they wanted to do it right, hiring a professional designer skilled at renovating old buildings, said Heine. The result was extensive reworking of the inside complete with adding elegant hardwood trim and bringing the entrance back to its original configuration.
That vault has been transformed into a wine vault/cellar of sorts, featuring a local winery that has bottled its vintage under a Bank of Oswego logo.
Our target market is small to mid-sized businesses and business professionals, he said.
The Bank of Oswego has two other locations, one in downtown Lake Oswego, and the other in Lake Grove.
Heine noted that the bank is strong and healthy, pointing out that since the original Bank of Oswego opened for business in 2004, it went from zero to having the No. 1 in market share in the 97034 zip code. In addition to an outside automated teller machine, the bank offers complementary courier service.
Heine said the goal of the bank to is to be part of the local community as well as the revitalization of Old Town Sherwood.
In the three years Heine has been the face of the Sherwood branch of Bank of Oswego, he has become involved extensively with the community including the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce (where he is the immediate past president), SURPAC (the Sherwood Urban Renewal Planning Action Committee) and on the board of the Sherwood Family YMCA.
Heine said hes looking forward to the banks new location, saying he genuinely likes to help people.
Joining Heine at the Sherwood location are Essie Bertain, a customer service representative, and Dianne Snyder, the banks relationship manager.
Ive worked in Sherwood previously so Im happy to be back, said Snyder.
Im really excited, Bertain said of the banks new location. Im looking forward to being in Sherwood. I live here so it will be fun to grow this area.
The three bring along at least 40 years of banking experience, said Heine.
We want to be part of the community, said Heine. We just encourage people to stop in and let us show you around.
Bank of Oswego was named one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Oregon for the last two consecutive years by the Portland Business Journal.
Contact the bank at 503-625-2068 or visit bankofoswego.com.