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Two years ago I wrote a feature story in this magazine about Eau Claire’s burgeoning improv scene, and at the time, it was just that. Burgeoning. There were a couple of teams here and there. Eau Claire Memorial High

More True Than Trippy

There’s a lanky figure with a mess of bleached hair standing on stage alongside his longtime cohort Sayth at an open mic event at The Plus, and without so much as a “hello” he begins his set by slipping an

5 Things you probably didn't know about cranberries

For many people, Thanksgiving is the only time of year they even think about cranberries, let alone eat them. And since the turkey-tastic holiday is upon us, let's dive into this fruity bog and learn more …

Beads of Brousseau

Brenda Brousseau was about 10 years old when her grandmother took her to an exhibit of Native American beadwork at the Grout Museum of History and Science in Waterloo, Iowa, her hometown. The exhibit featured all sorts

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“I wanted to create a funny and paradoxical situation evocative of Midwestern culture. I decided on incorporating whitetail deer because hunting season has long been ingrained into the natural heritage of our area and

Don’t Be Ashamed to Start Early

As I’m writing this, it’s Halloween. Tonight is all about spooks, scares, and donkey sauce (I’m going out dressed as Guy Fieri). But first thing tomorrow morning, as far as I’m concerned, the holiday season

Christmas Chaos

A very funny and charming play that will be great for the whole family is how director Kimberly Butnick described The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the next production in the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s season.

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10 Good reasons to buy local on Saturday

by V1 Staff photos by Andrea Paulseth

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Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the nation. The first Small Business Saturday was on November 27, 2010, and is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The US Senate first recognized Small Business Saturday in 2011 and millions of shoppers participate every year. This year, Small Business Saturday is November 29.

Almost all of Volume One's advertisers and sponsors are small, local businesses working to serve the people of the Chippewa Valley all year long whilst supporting local families, events, causes, and cultures. We strongly encourage you to support them on Small Business Saturday – and really think about how you want to spent your hard earned dollars. Here are 10 reasons to get on board:

1. Keep Our Community Unique – Locally owned businesses cater to the cultural base of the neighborhood it serves. Residents can find new adventure in a familiar environment. Where we live, shop and play is the foundation of our community. Unique businesses are vital to the diverse character of our neighborhoods.

2. Get Better Service – Local businesses tend to hire people with some knowledge of the products they are selling and provide better customer care by giving special attention to each patron they serve.

3. Reduce Environmental Impact – Locally owned businesses are usually found in thriving neighborhoods or city centers as opposed to developing on the border. They along with local residents are more likely to purchase local, resulting in less travel and reduced air pollutants.

4. Invest in the Community – Local business owners live in the community they serve; this lessens the possibility of moving and increases their assets in the future of the community.

5. Create More Good Jobs – Local business provide jobs for residents and are one of the largest employers nationwide.

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10 Good reasons to buy local on Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the nation. The first Small Business Saturday was on November 27, 2010, and is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The US Senate first ...

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Hello, Holiday Correspondence!

There's nothing more charming than a handwritten note. Puppies? Nope. Flowers? Try again. Handwritten notes have the charmingest charm. Why not show your local pride and send your holiday greetings with one of The Local Store's latest holiday ...

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Thanksgiving Weekend Buy Local Bonanza!

Get ready Eau Claire, because The Local Store's "Thanksgiving Weekend Buy Local Bonanza" runs November 26 – November 30! There'll be huge deals going on every day at the shop, including free stuff with your purchase, limited edition products ...

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