Violin shop enjoys more elbow room.
Byline: RETAIL NOTEBOOK By Joe Mosley The Register-Guard
The building has been an auto glass outlet, a florist's shop and a paint store. Trains rumble past across the street, and the area of town has at times leaned toward a down-at-the-heels label.
But Carl Blackwell is convinced he's found the ideal spot for a full-service violin violin, family of stringed musical instruments having wooden bodies whose backs and fronts are slightly convex, the fronts pierced by two f-hole-shaped resonance holes. shop.
His String Stop moved two months ago from rented space in a west Eugene warehouse to the 2,600-square-foot building Blackwell has bought and refurbished at the corner of Railroad railroad or railway, form of transportation most commonly consisting of steel rails, called tracks, on which freight cars, passenger cars, and other rolling stock are drawn by one locomotive or more. Boulevard and North Polk Street Polk Street is a street in San Francisco that travels northward from Market Street to Jefferson Street. It's attractions are the See's Candy flagship store at California Street, and is usually cleaned every Saturday by the neighborhood organization. , in Eugene's Whiteaker neighborhood.
"Especially the last year and a half, the need for a larger space was obvious," Blackwell says. "When interest rates went down, I started looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. a place to buy."
A former data processor, Blackwell trained in Seattle as a luthier lu·thi·er
One that makes or repairs stringed instruments, such as violins.
[French, from luth, lute, from Old French lut; see lute1.]
Noun 1. - one who works on musical instruments in the violin family Noun 1. violin family - (music) the family of bowed stringed instruments
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner - and then worked in Eugene at Pacific Winds Music until opening the String Stop in cramped cramped
1. Uncomfortably small or restricted: cramped living quarters.
2. Difficult to read, especially for being crowded into a small space: cramped handwriting. quarters on West Broadway in June 2000.
He bought the new store last summer, then spent seven months getting it ready to open.
Lane County property records show that Blackwell purchased the building last August for $135,000, and he said he's put close to $35,000 into its renovation.
The new store offers repair service along with sales of instruments and accessories ranging from sheet music to electronic "pickups" that allow amplification amplification /am·pli·fi·ca·tion/ (33000) (am?pli-fi-ka´shun) the process of making larger, such as the increase of an auditory stimulus, as a means of improving its perception. of the instruments.
"The new location is going to allow me to expand in all manner of accessories, in a way I was never able to do before," Blackwell says.
The shop will increase its inventory of instrument-care products, for instance, along with sheet music selections and even violin-related gift items.
With 14 years of experience working on violins, violas, cellos and basses, Blackwell says he knows the territory and is convinced there are customers to fill what would seem a fairly narrow niche. "Like a lot of college towns, Eugene has a fairly thriving thrive
intr.v. thrived or throve , thrived or thriv·en , thriv·ing, thrives
1. To make steady progress; prosper.
2. musical culture," Blackwell says. "There's a lot of diverse music and music interest."
Blackwell acknowledges that most of the services and products he offers can be gotten elsewhere in the Eugene area, whether from violin makers or music stores. But he says there is no other single outlet for everything offered at the String Stop. "I don't think anyone else specializes with the scope that I do," he says.
The String Stop's hours are from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. It is open for repairs by appointment only on weekday mornings and on Saturdays. The phone number is 683-1909.
Carl Blackwell recently moved his business, the String Shop, from cramped quarters in west Eugene to a 2,600-square-foot building on Railroad Boulevard in the Whiteaker neighborhood. The new store offers repair service along with sales of instruments and accessories.