Uke player Fred Sokolow hosts a clinic at Pacific Winds Music
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Pacific Winds Celebrates Silver Anniversary
Pacific Winds Music of Eugene, Ore., celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The company opened on March 15, 1987, as a band instrument repair shop and has since expanded several times. Its yearlong anniversary celebration includes workshops, events, concerts, giveaways and customer-appreciation specials.
In March, Pacific Winds held several ukulele workshops. Store owner William Knaus added ukuleles to his school music business eight years ago. According to a statement from the company, sales of the instrument continued to climb even during the recession, driven by beginning and advanced uke classes. Pacific Winds maintains a classroom set of 15 ukuleles for school and community use, free of charge.
"We're happy to be celebrating our 25th year in business as a small, independent school music dealer," Knaus said. "Six B&O stores were open in 1987 when we opened our doors, but we are the only ones still in business today. Being nimble and flexible with our business plan has been the key to our success, as economic downturns, school budget cuts and Internet sales have provided constant challenges."