Issue #275 March 4, 2015

Note from the Editor | Mar. 4, 2015

We were honored to be a part of the Downtown Eau Claire Inc. annual awards banquet at the end of February, where a number of community leaders gathered to recognize the progress downtown, including handing out awards to roughly a dozen ...

Issue #274 Febuary 18, 2015

Note from the Editor | Feb. 18, 2015

Like many people, I was saddened to hear of the final closing of Eau Claire’s long-running and only dinner theater, Fanny Hill. The place had its ups and downs in the headlines over the last couple of years, but it sounds like this time ...

Keith Olsen: Pokemon Master

a chat with a local 10-year-old Pokemon card player who’s ranked fifth in the country and 25th in the entire world

Issue #273 Febuary 4, 2015

Note from the Editor | Feb. 4, 2015

If you follow local headlines it’s been a fascinating last couple of weeks. One day we get news that the UW-System is likely getting gouged (again), this time to the tune of $300 million. The next, we get word that the governor’s budget proposal ...

Issue #272 January 21, 2015

Note from the Editor | Jan. 21, 2015

One of the more difficult things for me is to have an idea – a feasible, plausible, perhaps even (by my yardstick) brilliant idea – but not have the time I need to execute it. And while I’ve been fortunate to have the resources and ability ...

Issue #271 January 7, 2015

Note from the Editor | Jan. 7, 2015

Here we are – a new year. Always exciting stuff. As I look at the months ahead from a community standpoint, I can’t help but wonder: Could 2015 be a tipping point for downtown Eau Claire and the broader community? Last year was certainly ...

Issue #269 December 11, 2014

Note from the Editor | Dec. 11, 2014

If you’ve been in our office/store during the holidays, or heck, if you’ve even driven by, you can see that Volume One is fairly obsessed with Christmas decorations. Which really means I am obsessed with Christmas decorations. And as with many ...

Issue #268 November 27, 2014

Note from the Editor | Nov. 27, 2014

We’re wrapping up this issue just in time for Thanksgiving. And while hopefully most of us have the opportunity to pause and think about the things we’re personally thankful for this time of year, I also want to mention a list of things ...

Holiday Handbook 2014

Behind the Beard

legendary Chippewa Falls Santa Chuck Card chats about candy canes, carols, and fake whiskers

Issue #267 November 13, 2014

Note from the Editor | Nov. 13, 2014

Here at the Volume One office we host a lot of group tours and talks. People like to poke around our old 1880s building and see how we’ve made it into a creative space for our staff and store. And they sometimes like to hear some of the V1 ...

Hauntings 2014
Issue #266 October 30, 2014

Note from the Editor | Oct. 30, 2014

People here really love their local history. I have to imagine that’s true many places, but it sure seems like the Chippewa Valley citizenry might love to talk about the past a bit more than most. Especially former local businesses. With that in ...

Issue #265 October 16, 2014

Note from the Editor | Oct. 16, 2014

There’s something so Wisconsin about this time of year. Something so authentic. Certainly more authentic than those other Midwestern states. Many writers have written better words than I about autumn’s color, chills, and traditions ...

Issue #264 October 2, 2014

Steaming Ahead

Augusta steampunk gathering seeks lovers of retro sci-fi

Issue #263 September 18, 2014
Issue #262 September 4, 2014

Note from the Editor | Sept. 4, 2014

It feels good to be shaken from your routine now and again. And when you have a two-and-a-half year old kid, it’s pretty easy (and probably necessary) to fall into a routine. We all have the things we usually do around town, the places we ...

Issue #261 August 21, 2014

Note from the Editor | August 21,2014

As this season of the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series on Thursdays in Phoenix Park draws to a close, we did a little math. Once you add up nine seasons and account for the rain out dates, turns out this summer’s final show on Aug. 28 is also ...

Issue #260 August 7, 2014

Note from the Editor | August 7, 2014

There’s some exciting news in this issue (page 8) about a major donation of land and money to UW-Eau Claire in the name of building a major event facility on Menomonie Street along the Chippewa River. It would be the kind of space that could ...

Issue #259 July 24, 2014

Note from the Editor | July 24, 2014

I’ve seen a fair number of concerts over the years. I started in high school with a few of the day’s mainstream big names – Dave Matthews, Bush, Live, etc. Arena-level gigs. Quickly after that my interests turned more “indie” and the shows ...

Issue #258 July 10, 2014

Note from the Editor | July 10, 2014

In a few weeks several friends of mine (and our kids) will be making the trek to the pizza farm near Stockholm. If you’ve never been there, don’t worry about it – it’s sort of a well-guarded secret that should stay that way! Only open on Tuesday ...

Issue #257 June 26, 2014

Now You See Them

EC tech start-up Invisible Connect has ambitious – but mysterious – plans

Note from the Editor | June 26, 2014

Just this last weekend as this issue went to press, we at Volume One heard about the passing of the great local artist, mentor, and friend, Laurie Bieze. With her constant beaming smile and genuine warmth, she was loved by many in this community ...

Issue #256 June 12, 2014

Note from the Editor | June 12, 2014

It was the first week of June when at the checkout counter of the Birch Street Ace Hardware I was quite excited to see a small cardboard display sitting right behind the credit card swiper – a little box full of those super lightweight wooden ...

Issue #255 May 29, 2014

Note from the Editor | May 29, 2014

By Eau Claire standards there seems to be quite a bit of change happening with our built environment these days. The much-discussed Woo’s Pagoda on Hastings Way, along with the former Wendy’s across the road, have come down to make way for new ...

Issue #254 May 15, 2014

Note from the Editor | May 15, 2014

I’m often asked during various presentations why we started Volume One. The simple version is that we saw a gap in local media coverage of music, arts, and the culture of this community. To that end, our pages covered some pretty obscure ...

Issue #253 May 1, 2014

Note from the Editor | May 1, 2014

It’s an optimistic time of year. The rivers flow strong with the sheddings of winter. Short bursts of warmth, though still too few and far between, remind us of what’s to come. And trails throughout the community have begun to come alive ...

Issue #252 April 17, 2014

Note from the Editor | April 17, 2014

You know those people who always make you feel like you should step up your game a little bit? They set the bar high enough to make you feel like you should probably put more effort into your career, your health, your social life, your hobbies ...

Issue #251 April 3, 2014

Note from the Editor | April 3, 2014

Whew. Glad that’s over. You don’t see a lot of local elections like that one. Thankfully. Obviously we at Volume One were pretty fired up about it all, and of course we’re now thrilled with the outcome. While it’s still not a done ...

Issue #250 March 20, 2014

Viennese Ball

annual social event brings elegance to Davies Center

Note from the Editor | March 20, 2014

We talk a lot in big, sweeping community terms in Volume One – usually about and for the broader population and readership. But right now I’m going to get personal. I know you’re sick of hearing/talking/reading about the Confluence Project ...

Issue #249 March 6, 2014

Help Teens with Less Prepare for Prom Season

A local effort is making sure that, no matter what their financial circumstances, teen girls will be able to say yes to the dress of their dreams. Once Upon a Prom offers prom dresses and accessories to young women in the Chippewa Valley who ...

Note from the Editor | March 6, 2014

Brutal, this winter is. And I thought last year was bad. Tons of snow, consistent deep freezes, and now, on top of more than three months of all that, the entire city is encrusted in a patchwork of solid sheets of ice. The thousands of ...

Issue #248 Feb. 20, 2014

Note from the Editor | Feb. 20, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to spend a full day with a variety of community leaders – members of the Visit Eau Claire board of directors, to which I was recently added, along with other key constituents. It was a strategic planning session ...

Issue #247 Feb. 6, 2014

Note from the Editor | Feb. 6, 2014

Fair warning: If the last couple of years didn’t do it for you, the next four issues of Volume One are going to have a LOT of talk about the Confluence Project. So get ready, it’s time to sit up and pay attention. Recent action by both the ...

Issue #246 Jan. 23, 2014

Note from the Editor | Jan. 23, 2014

While we do cover the entire Chippewa Valley region from Menomonie to Chippewa Falls, we know that we cover downtown Eau Claire sometimes more than its fair share. Of course Eau Claire is the biggest city in the area, so there’s that, but when ...

Issue #245 Jan. 9, 2014

Note from the Editor | Jan. 9, 2014

From where I’m sitting it’s looking like 2014 is going to be a very interesting year in the Chippewa Valley. This is the year we’ll likely find out if the Confluence Project is really coming to life or not, and it could get kinda messy between ...

Issue #244 Dec. 19, 2013

Note from the Editor | Dec. 19, 2013

I’m guessing many of you didn’t see this year’s Clearwater Winter Parade down Water Street, in person or on TV. That’s because it was about three below zero outside that Sunday, Dec. 15 (and 15 below with the wind chill), so you probably wisely ...

Holiday Planner 2013
Issue #243 Dec. 5, 2013
Holiday Handbook 2013

Feed My People Banks on Generosity

Feed My People Food Bank’s mission is right in its name: Feeding the hungry across the region. With the help of its Eau Claire warehouse and a small fleet of refrigerated trucks, the nonprofit group distributes 6 million pounds of food to more ...

Issue #242 Nov. 21, 2013

Feed My People Banks on Generosity

Feed My People Food Bank’s mission is right in its name: Feeding the hungry across the region. With the help of its Eau Claire warehouse and a small fleet of refrigerated trucks, the nonprofit group distributes 6 million pounds of food to more ...

Issue #241 Nov. 7, 2013

Note from the Editor | Nov. 7, 2013

OK, fair warning, Volume One and The Local Store are officially fully geared up for the holidays. Not only do we have our huge holiday catalog inside this very issue (starting on page 27), but I’m also almost embarrassed to say the ...

Issue #240 Oct. 24, 2013

Gather Around the TV for Around the Farm Table

Combine my favorite things: Growing, cooking and eating local food. Downhome, guitar-picking music. All things Wisconsin. There you have Around the Farm Table. The new four-part series premieres on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30pm on Wisconsin ...

Note from the Editor | Oct. 24, 2013

When we first started Volume One more than eleven years ago, I was mostly interested in the music and film sides of our coverage areas. I guess that was because at that time I was in bands and I made films, so that’s more where I was coming from ...

Issue #239 Oct. 10, 2013

Note from the Editor | Oct. 10, 2013

We’ve been experimenting a bit more with live streaming events from the Volume One Gallery online, and archiving them on the website for on-demand viewing as well. We’ve dabbled in this before, but one of the things we’d hoped to do with the ...

Issue #238 Sept. 26, 2013
Issue #237 Sept. 12, 2013

Note from the Editor | Sept. 12, 2013

We recently held the draft for our first-ever Volume One office fantasy football league. I’ll just get it out there right away that I took Aaron Rodgers in the first round. They say you’re supposed to get running backs first, but I wanted at ...

Issue #236 August 29, 2013
Issue #235 August 15, 2013
Issue #231 June 20, 2013

Note from the Editor | June 20, 2013

About 15 months ago when we announced we were moving our office and store to our current spot on North Dewey Street, we had a lot of people say things like, “Oh, a little off the beaten path, eh?” Sure, maybe a little. But we also ...

Issue #230 June 6, 2013

Note from the Editor | June 6, 2013

I love trees. A lot. Even though I knew it was inevitable, it was devastating to see all the mature ash trees along South Barstow Street come down on the first day of construction. It just looks super weird down there now, and startlingly so. All the buildings fully ...

Issue #229 May 23, 2013
Issue #228 May 9, 2013
Issue #227 April 25, 2013
Issue #226 April 11, 2013
Issue #225 Mar. 28, 2013

Note from the Editor | Mar 28, 2013

Nobody cares about somebody else’s vacation. Well, sorry, because I can’t seem to stop myself from talking about my vacation. My real vacation. I say “real” because I haven’t been anywhere outside ...

Issue #224 Mar. 14, 2013

About the Pillow Fight...

Our stewardship of the annual April Fools’ Day celebration draws to a close, but can the ‘will of the people’ keep the five minutes of feathery fury alive?

Issue #223 Feb. 28, 2013

Note from the Editor | Feb. 28, 2013

At V1, this past year has been one where everything needed to get figured out all over again. It’s like when you move into a new house or apartment – you have to determine which closets and drawers will hold what and how it all flows, etc. Or when...

Happy 141st, Eau Claire!

you’re invited to a birthday bash for our fair city featuring music, improv, poetry, film, bingo, and cake

Issue #222 Feb. 14, 2013

Note from the Editor | Feb. 14, 2013

Last week Volume One held it’s first Contributor Hangout/Meeting in quite sometime. About 25 writers, photographers, and V1 staff of all ages gathered in the Volume One Gallery to chow some pizza and imbibe some beer, all the while talking about ...

Issue #221 Jan. 31, 2013

Isabelle Goes Online

Isabelle & Co. has moved out of their spot in the mall that they have occupied since 2011 and will be operating in a bit of different space for the near future: online and in the form of a pop-up shop. An announcement on the Isabelle & Co. ...

Issue #220 Jan. 17, 2013

Note from the Editor | Jan. 17, 2013

We recently started a new thing at the Volume One office for 2013. It’s called TED Talk Tuesdays. The first Tuesday of the month, late in the day, our staff gathers in the V1 Gallery to have a beer and watch a “TED Talk” or a similarly interesting...

Issue #219 Dec. 27, 2012

Note from the Editor | Dec. 27, 2012

Now that our first holiday season in the new Local Store is nearly complete, we want to thank everyone who came to shop or to one of the many events we held throughout November and December. We had some really great days and nights filled with ...

Issue #218 Dec. 13, 2012

Note from the Editor | Dec. 13, 2012

You’ll notice in the opening letter for this issue that we’ve added a new voice to the staff of Volume One. As of this week, we’re excited to welcome Tom Giffey to our staff of editors. While he’s new to our pages, there are a number of ways ...

Issue #217 Nov. 29, 2012

Note from the Editor | Nov. 29, 2012

The staff at Volume One and The Local Store wanted to give a huge thanks to the hundreds of you who came out to support the store not only on Small Business Saturday (November 24th) but the whole “Black Friday” weekend in general. We were busy all...

Issue #216 Nov. 15, 2012

Note from the Editor | Nov. 15, 2012

Whether you’re ready for it or not, it’s with this issue we officially declare it the Holiday Season in the Chippewa Valley. Tucked inside the latest issue you should have found our annual Holiday Handbook packed with info on ways ...

Issue #215 Nov. 1, 2012

Note from the Editor | Nov. 1, 2012

It’s cool to watch little sub-scenes of the local cultural landscape develop. Not all of them last – like the most recent (and short) rise and fall of cut-n-paste zines in the early 2000s (certainly caving to the ease of blogging), or the poetry ...

Issue #214 Oct. 18, 2012

Note from the Editor | Oct. 18, 2012

It is with a heavy (fake-blood-covered) heart that I report Volume One will not be hosting our famed “Tunnel of Terror” during this year’s downtown trick or treating event (Wednesday, Oct 31 from 3-5pm). The obvious reason for this is that we’re ...

Issue #213 Oct. 4, 2012

Note from the Editor | Oct. 4, 2012

Every year this thing seems to get bigger – more categories, more votes, and more fun. It’s the results of the Volume One Best of the Valley Reader Poll! You’ll notice this issue looks a little different than usual. That’s because we’ve ditched ...

Issue #212 Sept. 20, 2012
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