Booked on a Feeling

an ode to local libraries and the people who love them

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

It smelled weird, I can tell you that. Today the Internet has labeled this particular odor “old book smell,” and book lovers love it. But when I was young, it was just weird. ...

Wisconsin Writer's Contest Is Looking for Your Words

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

Dust off those typewriters and haul out your calligraphy pens because the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters is hosting its annual literary contests. Two contests are held, offering Wisconsin-based writers the opportunity ...

Opening Shot | Nov. 1, 2017

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017  |  photos by Branden Nall

HEY, CAN WE GET A BIGGER SAXOPHONE OVER HERE? Sax gods with amazing horns were just part of the show when the Violent Femmes came to the State Theatre on Wednesday, October 25 ...

Barstow & Grand Comes at the Write Time

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017  |  Nick Meyer

As I write this in my office at Volume One, the literary event of the year is taking place inside the gallery in The Local Store below me. It’s the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, and on this night it features the release event for Barstow & Grand, a new literary journal whose first peer-reviewed ...

On the Cover | Nov. 1, 2017

learn more about Volume One's cover art from April Moriah

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

“I was born and raised here in downtown, Eau Claire. Every time I go somewhere I have a rush of memories connected to my location, as most Eau Clairians do. Over the years, my work has always been primarily unorganized and spontaneous, but when I ..."

Grocery Wars: 1998–2017

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

We went a little nuts and decided to trace the comings and goings of Eau Claire’s grocery stores over the years, from 1998 through the present. Watch it and see how ...

A Suite Show From Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra

Thu. Nov. 2nd, 2017  |  Barbara Arnold

“Suites for your Sweet!” is the theme of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra’s second concert of its 2017-18 season. The concert will be Saturday, Nov. 4, at Grace Lutheran Church, 202 W. Grand Ave., starting at 7:30pm ...

River Prairie Event Center Hosts First Ever Concert

Thu. Nov. 2nd, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

The Chippewa Valley is proud of our local music talents, and Altoona City Administrator Mike Golat couldn’t agree more. “Part of the greater Prairie vision, music has always been an integral part,” he said. The River Prairie Center is hosting its very own and very first concert, River Prairie Revelry ...

Loud Whispers

The Jaggernauts are back with a fierce new record

Thu. Nov. 2nd, 2017  |  Measha Vieth, photos by Luong Huynh

They lure you in with short and sweet, grungy alt rock songs. Lyrics reflecting experiences at bars and concerts. Local favorite The Jaggernauts are here to party! It’s been a few years since their last album ...

FEATURE: Getting to Know Eau Claire One Sketch at a Time

after living all over the world, Nishant Jain uses a sketchpad to familiarize himself with the people and places in his new home

Thu. Nov. 2nd, 2017  |  Eric Christenson

Nishant Jain could’ve been a mechanical engineer or a neuroscientist, but his true passion lies in his artwork. He’s been all over the world: Born, raised, and educated in India, he moved to Europe and got his master’s degree in the Netherlands ...

Paragon Awards Seek Best in the Biz

Thu. Nov. 2nd, 2017  |  V1 Staff

Do you know of a local business that’s risen to the top of the class – one that’s a model for others because of its growth, innovation, and job-creation prowess? If so, you’ve got a potential Paragon Award winner on your hands ...

Surviving Another Tick Season

walking in the woods while (mostly) avoiding the creepiest of creepy-crawlies

Thu. Nov. 2nd, 2017  |  Rob Reid, photos by Justin Patchin

A few weeks ago, I got out of the shower and jumped a mile in the air when I felt a tick crawling on my ankle. Turned out, the tick was a just drop of water ...

5 Key Tips on Safely Preparing Your Big Meal

Wed. Nov. 1st, 2017  |  Iris Lang

The holiday season is right around the corner and you know what that means – delicious home cooked meals! In Eau Claire County alone, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that 17,000 residents ...

Creating the Future

initiative will set goals for growth of Valley’s creative economy

Tue. Oct. 31st, 2017  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The rise in prominence of music and other creative arts in the Chippewa Valley is yesterday’s news. So what does the future hold for the creative economy in the Eau Claire area?

Catering to Your Needs

when a party gets big, it’s time to call a professional

Tue. Oct. 31st, 2017  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

So you decided to throw a holiday party – a BIG one. This year, you’re inviting all your friends/relatives/customers/clients/random strangers to eat/drink/be merry in the celebration of the holiday of your choice ...

Cold One and a Cut

The Dapper Man makes looking sharp a leisurely affair

Tue. Oct. 31st, 2017  |  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 ...

Flair for Your Hair

Chip’s makes local hair products for men

Tue. Oct. 31st, 2017  |  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 ...

Red's Dresses to Impress

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

Tue. Oct. 31st, 2017  |  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 ...