Julia Johnson - 2019 Vanguard Award Honoree

Partner at Pablo Properties

Tue. Feb. 19th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, video by Joel Pearish

Julia Johnson has been involved with the development of Downtown Eau Claire since the early days of Jamf software company. She was involved with the planning and construction of the Jamf Building, the Lismore, the Informalist, ECDC, and the Pablo Center; she continues to serve on local boards and work toward a more accessible, cooperative city.

The Best Night 2019: Confetti Cannon Showdown

Tue. Feb. 12th, 2019  |  video by Joel Pearish

This year, The Best Night featured the Confetti Cannon Slo-Mo Video Booth of Fantastic Good Times (working title). We invited guests into the booth, and their shenanigans we displayed outside – in high definition – for all to enjoy. Here's a montage of the fun.

My Best of the Worst

Do you think your struggles are the worst?

Tue. Feb. 5th, 2019  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

In the grand scheme of one’s life, is this a noteworthy accomplishment? Is this one of the few remarkable tidbits I’d like people to remember about me? Is this a deed I hold dear to my heart? Am I proud of this?

Got the Skills? Then Take a Shot

shop inside Artisan Forge will feature pinball, coffee

Tue. Feb. 5th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher

We’ve got some news for coffee lovers, pinball pros, and art explorers alike: Pablo properties will open a new coffee and pinball lounge in Artisan Forge Studios (1106 Mondovi Road, Eau Claire) in mid-February...

Walking Through Graveyards

Mon. Feb. 4th, 2019  |  Dan Lyksett

The other night I dreamt about my best friend. I don’t remember exactly what we were doing, but I remember we were having fun. And I remember wondering during the dream if he knew he was dead ...

Teaching Kindness

At the Northwest Reading Clinic, Ruth Harris has brought 50 years of life-changing gifts to the Chippewa Valley.

Tue. Jan. 29th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Kindness is essential. But what is it that marks the difference between a good teacher and one who serves for 50 years, helping more than 5,000 students overcome personal, emotional, and physical difficulties to improve their literacy and lives?

Tips From a Tailor

decades of wisdom for wedding parties

Thu. Jan. 24th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher

Jean Barlow of Eau Claire Alterations, 995 Peterson Ave., has removed the telltale puffed sleeves of the 1980s from many a dress over the years, transforming mothers’ gowns into the dresses of their daughters’ dreams ...

Love Grows Like a Garden

photos by Leslie Duffy Photography

Thu. Jan. 24th, 2019  |  V1 Staff

An emotional first look in a picturesque setting made Chris and Alex Jaenke's wedding one of the most treasured days of their lives. The couple tied the knot at the Florian Gardens in Eau Claire ...

Divine Consignment

bridal consignment shop expands local offerings

Thu. Jan. 24th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

August marked the opening of a new bridal consignment shop in Eau Claire. Off the Rack Bridal Consignment & One of a Kind Boutique, 1813 Brackett Ave., offers a range of gently-used wedding ...