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Shades of Somerville: Bay State Fencers

Aug 22 3:30 pm

- Introducing the Vibrant Vendors of Somerville’s Own -


At Somerville Local First, we not only believe in the importance of supporting locally owned businesses, but getting to know the faces behind counter as well. That is why we decided to create a blog series that profiles various SLF members, asking a set of 10 questions that connect readers to the featured business and to the Somerville community as well.

L. Stacy Eddy and Alexander Chiclana, after Alex earned his B rating by placing 3rd at last season's North American Cup national competition

Looking to add some excitement into your life? Do you often find yourself thinking, There’s not nearly enough sword fighting in my life? But fighting is a bit too barbaric for me, you think. Get active, learn an interesting new sport (talking point!), and become the chivalrous gentleman/woman you knew you were always destined to become: fence with the best at Bay State Fencers. Director L. Stacy Eddy gives SLF some insight into the face behind the fencing mask.


1. Why did you start your business?

To provide the opportunity to local individuals to enjoy the challenges of fencing.

2. What brought you to Somerville?

A great community and a great business opportunity

3. What is your fondest memory of doing business in Somerville?

Every day is a good memory, but if I had to pick one, it’d be the day I realized that I was able to be open 5 days a week.

4.  What gets you really excited about your business?

Teaching fencing!

5.  Thinking about your business, what keeps you up at night?


6.  If you could have one wish come true for Somerville, what would it be?

For the MBTA Green Line Extension project to finally be built.

7.  Favorite motto or quote?

“Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent…”

8.  What’s the most rewarding part of running a small business?

Being my own boss.

9.  What’s the most challenging part of running a small business?

Being my own boss.

10. If your business was an animal, what animal would it be and why?

Samoyed (a working dog)

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