River Prairie Pizza Joint Explores CBD

Za51 will start serving a menu of CBD-infused beverages

Nealy Corcoran, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Za51, the pizzeria at River Prairie, will be one of the first restaurants in the Chippewa Valley to offer CBD-infused beverages alongside their menu items ...

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Retrospective Redux

artist, a Chippewa Falls native, looks back on vibrant works

Barbara Arnold

Got cabin fever? Tiring of the monochromatic landscape? Then head over to Mark W. Anderson’s “A ReRETROSPECTIVE” Art Show at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire. The gallery offers ...

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Music Quick Hits | February 2019

Eric Christenson

One of the world’s finest bluegrass bands is coming to Eau Claire for a special one-night-only show at The Metro on March 6. We Banjo 3 is a foursome of prolific and exciting musicians set to whisk the night away with fantastic tunes and a good cause. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar ...

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Filled With Love

ceramics student ensures Stepping Stones event won’t come up empty

Barbara Lyon, photos by Barbara Lyon

One glance at Sarah Bennett’s footgear shows where she’s been and what she’s been doing. Her comfortable black sneakers are “decorated” with splashes of the pale gray clay she used to create ...

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Ranked at the Top

U.S. News puts UW MBA Consortium among best online programs in the country

UWEC Integrated Marketing and Communications

For the first time, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium program among the top nine programs in the nation in its Best Online MBA Programs rankings ...

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Building Community Brick by Brick and Board by Board

market & johnson has created an award-winning business by keeping customers first

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

You’re forgiven if you didn’t realize that Market & Johnson’s headquarters is on Galloway Street in Eau Claire. After all, those of us who live in the Chippewa Valley are used to seeing their name everywhere ...

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Slow to Start?

Wisconsin ranks low in nationwide index of entrepreneurship

V1 Staff

We have some good news and some bad news about Wisconsin’s national rankings for entrepreneurial activity. The good news is that – unlike the previous three years – Wisconsin didn’t place dead last among the states ...

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Center of Community

five years on, wellness hub’s founders find themselves surrounded by loving grace

Tom Giffey

Everyone needs a place like The Center. I certainly did on a recent Thursday afternoon. I was rushing around after a late lunch, trying to check items off my to-do list. I had just dashed home to let the dog out, and he was relatively ...

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Pa Thao - 2019 Vanguard Award Honoree

Executive Director of the Black & Brown Womyn Power Coalition

Lauren Fisher, video by Joel Pearish

Pa Thao is dedicated to uplifting underserved and underrepresented groups within her community. She was the executive director of the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association for seven years, before becoming the executive director of the Black and Brown Womyns Coalition. Thao’s efforts in the Chippewa Valley have a national, and even international, impact.

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Mike Golat - 2019 Vanguard Award Honoree

City Administrator of Altoona

Lauren Fisher, video by Joel Pearish

Mike Golat has been on the front lines of the River Prairie Development, an investment that will benefit the Chippewa Valley for generations, for the past 13 years. Through service with the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation, Visit Eau Claire, Eau Claire county, and various other community organizations, he has helped build the foundation for regional prosperity through city planning.

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Julia Johnson - 2019 Vanguard Award Honoree

Partner at Pablo Properties

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.

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Are You Ready for Best Night?

celebrating the Valley’s best for one night only

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The second annual Best Night celebration of all things that make the Chippewa Valley super duper cool will take place Feb. 9. Guests will enter via the red carpet or cut straight through to the vinyl stylings ...

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