LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thursday was a gloomy day for a grand opening, but the future is looking bright for Lane and Edwards Violins, a shop located in St. Matthews.

"St. Matthews was one of the areas of town that we wanted to focus our energies, and we found this great location on Wallace Avenue," said Matthew Lane, owner of Lane and Edwards.

Lane and Mark Edwards make up the shop's name. Edwards brings more than 40 years experience of repair work.

"I just got in with an old man that had a music store and a violin shop inside of it, and I fell in love with working on instruments," Edwards said.

"I really, really like to work with my hands, and I've never bought something in my life that I didn't think I could improve," Edwards said. "Just a mechanical feel for things, and stringed instruments are as challenging as it gets."

He is passing the torch on to Lane, who he has worked with for 11 years while staying in the business.

"He was a customer of mine when he was 4 years old. His first violin came from me," Edwards said.

Customers can buy or rent instruments, or have repairs done in house.

"If you want real repair/restoration from an experienced luthier, we're it in Louisville, and in Kentucky, as far as I know," Edwards said.

The shop, formerly called Mark Edwards Violins, existed at other locations around the city, including on Dixie Highway, and most recently in Edwards' Fern Creek home for many years. Lane and Edwards knew it was time for a move.

"We've already had quite a few teachers commit their business to us that were doing business elsewhere. We're more convenient now," Edwards said.

"We're under a five-minute drive from Louisville Youth Orchestra, Sacred Heart Programs, the Collegiate Program, Chance School programs, all of these programs that we service, and it's more centrally-located for us to travel around and pick up instruments at schools that need repair and need attention." 

Thursday's opening comes at the busiest time of year as school starts with kids and parents looking for a place to shop.

"We want them to know that we're here, and we have a good stock that's available now for them to go into their private lessons and orchestra programs already," Lane said.

"People know that we are going to take care of their instrument like it's their child, like something they value very closely." 

The new website is also up and running at violinsoflouisville.com

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