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Structure We'd Like To See Locally Erected

1st Place: Trader Joe’s
2nd Place: The Confluence Project
3rd Place: Restaurant on the River


For anyone who has high-tailed it to the Twin Cities for that certain ingredient or item that no store appears to sell in Eau Claire, Trader Joe’s is a culinary lifeline. The specialty grocery chain’s success lies in anticipating what customers want before they even know they want it. Second on the list is the much-anticipated Confluence Project, with all it has to offer, including a high-quality, multi-venue performing arts center that would serve UW-Eau Claire students, local performers, and the kind of big-name talent who would be tempted to book a gig between Chicago and the Twin Cities. Finally, a restaurant on the river is a no-brainer – especially in a city with two beautiful rivers. There’s something magical about eating, drinking, and conversing while looking at water. Need we say more? –Barbara Arnold