After winning the Jump-Start Business Plan Competition, John and Rose Vincent will be moving their Offbeats Violin & Guitar Studio shop and joining the arts community downtown.
Rose Vincent, co-owner of Offbeats, said winning the competition means so much to them because moving and expanding always requires capital and great coverage.
Through Downtown Eau Claire, Inc.'s competition, the Vincents received a grand prize of $5,000 and a media package. The shop had been located on the west side of Eau Claire and is now at 307 South Farwell Street.
Rose and John Vincent are moving Offbeats Violin & Guitar Studio from the west side of Eau Claire to Farwell Street. They received a $5,000 cash prize in DECI's Jump-Start Business Plan Competition.
"We're really, really thankful for the exposure...it came at a wonderful time," said Rose.
Rose said she has watched downtown grow over the years and it's evolving into something that she wants to be a part of. She said it means a lot to be a part of this movement, because it benefits everybody in the community.
After earning a degree in Violin Performance at UW-Eau Claire, Rose said the idea for their shop began when she taught violin lessons and customers would ask her where to find an instrument or go for repairs. Her husband, John, who holds degrees in Bowed String Instrument Repair and Restoration and Arch-Top Instrument Construction, suggested
offering to sell instruments and repair services along with her lessons. Once the couple married in 2009, they opened their studio together on the west side of Eau Claire.
"It was a dream come true...we got to do everything," Rose said.
Offbeats was busy in its previous location, though the Vincents expect the added exposure of the new location to make their business more eventful. Rose said they are looking forward to possibly working with other businesses in the area. She said Offbeats' previous location did not allow them that opportunity.
"Now that we're on a busy street, people will know where we are," Rose said. "This is a more permanent community," she added.
Their new studio has more than twice the space in comparison to the former location and provides a teaching studio, full-service repair and restoration shop, as well as a selection of instruments to purchase.
"It is a dream come true for violinists," she emphasized.