Issue #344, Nov. 1, 2017

Cold One and a Cut

The Dapper Man makes looking sharp a leisurely affair

Bryan Reynolds, photos by Andrea Paulseth

I sat down in the barber chair after what felt like a long day at work, and heard, “would you like a beer?” Heck yea! Martha Benitez is bringing a new grooming sensation to the Chippewa Valley ...

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Issue #344, Nov. 1, 2017

Flair for Your Hair

Chip’s makes local hair products for men

Natalie Rosenkranz

Do you need help taming your hair? Well, you’re in luck – there’s a local line of men’s hair products coming out called Chip’s High Maintenance, and it’s sure to do just the trick. Chip’s High Maintenance is ...

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Issue #344, Nov. 1, 2017

Red's Dresses to Impress

carefully selected, American-made threads at Red’s Mercantile

Haley Wright

Red’s Mercantile, a locally owned boutique in Eau Claire that offers a variety high-quality, American-made household items, is expanding its offering to women’s clothing and footwear ...

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Issue #343 Oct. 18, 2017

Growing From the Ground Up

female-led Dunn County farmsteads produce unique products

Christopher Hayden

In the more remote environs of the Chippewa Valley, out of earshot of recording studios and far off the beaten bike trails, another kind of renaissance is growing. A loosely knit community of gritty entrepreneurs, dedicated to producing retail products ...

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Issue #339 Aug. 23, 2017

Hoof It Over to 22 Chevaux

by Samantha Kobs

Siblings Will Jannusch and Amy Lorbecki don’t horse around when it comes to home décor. That’s why they’re taking on a new business venture – 22 Chevaux (that’s “horses” in French) – that specializes in high-quality, hardwood furniture ...

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Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

Northbound to Happen

new ‘men’s mercantile’ shop headed to downtown EC

by Samantha Kobs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Thinking downtown Eau Claire can’t possibly get any cooler? Wrong. There’s a new business opening up, and it’s about to knock your summer socks off. Local business partners Matt Schwahn and Jeff Reuter will be introducing their shared-custody brainchild, Northbound Supply Company, to the community by the end of the month ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Shifting the Culture

new shop combines love of cycles, coffee, community

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Soon a quiet block in downtown Eau Claire will be enlivened by people on bicycles who are passionate about riding and coffee. By early October, SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar will open in downtown Eau Claire ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Launching a Health Care Career

your path can start with three letters: CNA

Jeanie Stanek, Dove Healthcare

Have you ever considered a career in healthcare? Maybe as a kid you dreamed of one day becoming a doctor, but you haven’t thought much about it since. Or, maybe you are still weighing your options for a career path and nursing is at the top of the list ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Wisconsin Job Growth Lags Nation

state ranked 33rd in private sector job growth last year, but wages have risen over time

Shawn Johnson, WPR

Wisconsin’s private sector job growth ranked 33rd in the country in 2016, according to detailed numbers released in June by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state added private sector jobs at a rate of about 0.5 percent in 2016. By comparison, the national growth rate was 1.3 percent ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Aligning Education and Future Careers

experts at UW-Stout conference say U.S. isn’t doing enough to give today’s students the skills they will need in tomorrow’s workforce

by Jerry Poling

More than 70 regional, state and national leaders in education and workforce development grappled with questions about how to prepare for careers of the future in a conference held June 19-20 at UW-Stout in Menomonie ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

How to Give Back to the Valley

You don’t have to be a millionaire to be a philanthropist. Community foundations can help multiply your generosity.

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Sooner or later, there comes a time in most of our lives when we feel the desire to give back to our communities. Depending on our means and motivation, this desire can manifest itself in something as simple ...

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