Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacy Eddy.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My involvement with fencing began in 1974 when I took a Learn to Fence class in college. After a career as a theatrical Lighting Designer I opened Bay State Fencers in September of 2004. For the 5 years prior to opening Bay State Fencers I was employed as the Director of the Fencing Academy at Boston Fencing Club. I choose Somerville as the place to open my business because of the convenient location and access to public transportation.
Over the past 12 seasons our programming has evolved. We began with a 3 weapon program (foil, epee and sabre) and had the only Stage Combat training facility in the New England area. In 2011 Bay State Fencers became the first single weapon club (Epee) in the New England Division of the United States Fencing Association.
We have had students go on to attend colleges from Duke and Stanford to Penn State. In addition, one of our adult fencers has been a member of the US Veterans Fencing Team, fencing at World Cups in Kermes, Austria and Limoges, France.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Running any business is fraught with challenges and successes. The challenges the business has faced have been the things that have motivated us to constantly evaluate and improve our approach and offerings.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Bay State Fencers is a Fencing Academy and Club. We offer classes for kids and adults, we provide a facility for experienced fencers to train and improve their skills, and we provide superior coaching services to fencers of all ages and abilities.
Fencing Clubs in the US were traditionally three weapon clubs (foil, epee and sabre). After traveling throughout Eastern Europe I was impressed by their unique approach to fencing training. Most fencing schools there specialize in a single weapon. In 2011 we became a single weapon club.
Our vibrant adult program sets us apart from other clubs in the area, and our success training girls and young women in our burgeoning youth programs.
What were you like growing up?
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and spent a great deal on my afternoon and weekend time exploring nature, making things, acting and playing music. I was shy but curious and had two bossy older sisters.
- Foray Into Fencing – One time, 90 minute fencing experience – $20 per person
- Youth Intro to Fencing – 7 week course – $95 per person
- Adult Intro to Fencing – 7 week course – $115 per person
- Address: Bay State Fencers
561 Windsor Street
Somerville, MA 02143
- Website: baystatefencers.com
- Phone: 617.775.7109
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: /baystatefencers/
- Facebook: Bay State Fencers
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