After 10 o’clock in the evening and after 10 o’clock in the morning, these are the peak periods of creation for a couple of artists who are looking to develop their activity in a new community.
After Ten Agency is a new full-service graphic design, videography and branding firm located at 105A N. Bridge St. in downtown Chippewa Falls. The business was opened earlier this month by engaged couple Mike Neary and Allie Larsen. Neary has owned video production company Neary Studios since 2009 and Larsen owned graphic design company Point & Pixel Design for the past four years before moving their two businesses from Eau Claire to Chippewa Falls.
“We worked together, but apart for so long,” Larsen said. “It made it an easy segway when a lot of our customers were ready to make that transition with us. We already have a lot of connections in that community, so putting everything under one roof made perfect sense.”
Seeking to provide as many quality services as possible, After Ten Agency provides local businesses and other clients with graphic design, logos, branding, website design/development, digital marketing, photography and videography.
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With experience providing clients with full-service professional videos, documentary-style videos, branded videos, TV commercials and YouTube content, Neary said what sets After Ten Agency apart from other production companies video is that art comes before business for the two young business owners. .
“In my blood, I’m a filmmaker, that’s what I do,” Neary said. “With our company, we are able to tell the story of a company. Taking marketing and business, and mixing it with our art forms, is why it means so much to us in the end. We understand the craft, but it’s first and foremost the art for us.
Neary grew up in Chippewa Falls, graduating from Chi-Hi in the late 1990s, and he and Larsen graduated from UW-Stout with plans to go into business. After years of sending clients to each other for various needs, the two had the idea of combining their activities.
The creative couple, who will wed in May, also find time to volunteer for marketing classes at Chi-Hi to give back to the community their business calls home to instill a love of media/marketing in the next generation.
“We’re an artist-run company,” Neary said. “We are specialists under our umbrellas respectively, so anything you can use visually to help promote your brand, we can help. It’s my hometown and I’ve always wanted to bring business to this city. There is a real need here and we are excited to bring both of our businesses to this city.
The number 10 is particularly important for After Ten Agency. Neary was No. 10 as a hockey player, he’s been in business for 10 years, Larsen graduated high school in 2010 and both are night owls so when the clock hits 10 they’re at their creative peak.
With years of industry experience already under their belt, the creative force behind After Ten Agency is ready to help strengthen the already thriving downtown Chippewa Falls business community with their loyal dog Reggie at their sides.
For more information about After Ten Agency, you can visit their website aftertenagency.com or check them out on Facebook or Instagram @aftertenagency.
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