Friday, Nov. 28th, 2014

10 Good reasons to buy local on Saturday

Lowes Creek Tree Farm
Lowes Creek Tree Farm

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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Thursday, Nov. 27th, 2014
Tuesday, Nov. 25th, 2014

5 alternate local ‘holidays’ to celebrate this holiday season

1. GET-YOUR-DANCE-ON DAY

If Volume One had existed in 1857, one of the few events you’d have found in its pages would have been a Dec. 19 dance at Reed’s Hall. The dance was one of the first recorded events at the hall, Eau Claire’s first venue for parties and meetings, making it one of the first-ever cultural events in Sawdust City. The dance ran from 7pm to midnight, and “No gentleman (were) admitted unaccompanied by a lady.” Take that, single guys.

2. TELLY-VERSARY

Sixty years ago Chippewa Vallians lucky enough to have TVs had to make do with snowy reception from stations in the Twin Cities. That changed Dec. 23, 1953, when Eau Claire’s WEAU-TV went on the air. Celebrate the day by dressing up like the legendary Sheriff Bob.

3. TWIST THE TAP MONTH

Even more important than being able to turn on the TV is being able to turn on the faucet, something Eau Claire residents did for the first time in December 1885 when the city’s first waterworks was completed. The spring-fed system included 23 miles of mains and 296 hydrants. We’ll drink a glass of tap water to progress!

4. LUCIUS FAIRCHILD’S BIRTHDAY

Who the heck is Lucius Fairchild? Only one of the baddest dudes in Wisconsin history and the namesake of Fairchild in eastern Eau Claire County. During the Civil War, Fairchild – born Dec. 27, 1831 – rose from the rank of private to brigadier general, helped lead Wisconsin troops in one of the most legendary units of the war, the Iron Brigade, and lost his left arm fighting at Gettysburg. Unhampered by his disability, he later became governor of Wisconsin and U.S. ambassador to Spain.

5. CHEAP MOVIE DAYZ

Barstow Street’s Cameo Theater – now known as Micon’s Downtown Cinema – opened in December 1946 with the film The Bachelor’s Daughters. Back then, it cost 40 cents to see a matinee and 50 cents for an evening show, compared with $4 now (and $3 Tuesdays). Accounting for inflation, it’s cheaper to see a movie there today!

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Monday, Nov. 24th, 2014

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 greeting cards? With seasonal renditions of some of our "animal map" prints (like a cow with mittens!) and classic holiday images like Santa and Christmas trees, these unique holiday cards will surely bring Wisconsin cheer to your neighbors, friends, and family.

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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 …

1. Wisconsin Tops the World

While heaping your plate with cranberry sauce this holiday season, you can impress your family and friends by explaining that Wisconsin is the No. 1 cranberry producing state in the nation, growing more than twice as many berries as runner-up Massachusetts. But if you really want to blow their minds, tell them that roughly half of the cranberries in the whole dang world are grown in Wisconsin: an estimated 483 million pounds this year, compared with about 990 million worldwide.

2. They're Named After Birds

It’s generally believed that the word “cranberry” comes from the term “crane berry,” which was used by early American settlers to describe the plant’s crane-like stem and flower – or perhaps because the berry grows in marshy areas, where cranes hang out. (We’ve got a lot of cranes in Wisconsin, too, by the way.)

3. They Don't Grow In Water

Based on pictures of people in hip waders harvesting cranberries, you may assume that the plants grow in water. Actually, cranberry vines grow in marshes and sandy bogs – wet places, to be sure, but not waterlogged ones. When the time comes, cranberry growers flood their bogs to make harvesting easier: The berries contain air pockets, so they pop to the surface.

4. They're the Official State Fruit

Yes, we have a state fruit. And yes, it’s the cranberry, as declared by the state Legislature in 2004. (Who says those politicians never get anything done, right?) The designation makes sense, considering cranberries are Wisconsin’s biggest fruit industry, in terms of both value and volume.

5. There's an Entire Museum Dedicated to Them 

The Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center is located in a former cranberry warehouse on Main Street in Warrens. It’s got historical exhibits, videos, a cranberry ice cream parlor, and a gift shop featuring (count ’em!) more than 200 products made from Wisconsin cranberries.

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