Friday, Dec. 22nd, 2017

The Local Store's 2017 Winter Blast Sale: Now – Dec. 31

6 Days of Deals!
Tuesday, Dec. 26 – Sunday, Dec. 31

➜ 15% OFF Nearly Everything Storewide

➜ 40% OFF Selected Items
Including holiday gifts like books, ornaments, apparel, and more

➜ 25% OFF All Ink & Paper Print Sale Art
Over 100 local artists and hundreds of prints, available thru Jan. 7

➜ Save when you shop online!
Enter promo code WINTERBLAST at checkout to receive 15% OFF sitewide!


Open: Now–Saturday 9am-9pm and on Sunday, New Year's Eve 9am-6pm!
(Closed New Year's Day)


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Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2017

The Local Store: Locally-designed and handmade goods

Hard work is how many of us in the Chippewa Valley define ourselves. But supporting the hard work of others is just as important. We collaborated with some of our favorite local makers for this short video about the store and the locally-designed and handmade gifts we offer this holiday season. Expect to hear more about these makers in the coming months through even more video. Thanks so much to Lucy's Soap, Hello Adorn, Eau Claire Woodworks, and Woodworth's Fine Toffee. We love working with you and so many other talented makers across the valley and Wisconsin.

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Friday, Dec. 1st, 2017
Sunday, Nov. 26th, 2017
Wednesday, Oct. 11th, 2017

Artists & Photographers: 'Ink & Paper' Print Sale to Award $2,500 in Prizes

Presented by The Local Store, Volume One, and Powertex, the 2017 Ink & Paper Print Sale in the Volume One Gallery (205 N Dewey Street) runs Nov. 3 - Jan. 6. Start preparing now!

This year, in addition to the opening reception and two-month sale, we'll award $2,500 in cash and prizes to winners in the following categories: Overall Best of Show, Illustration, Photography, Printmaking, Digital Media, and Painting. Last year over 100 artists participated, selling thousands of dollars worth of work.

Sign up by October 28! Details:

Powertex helps their clients grow revenues by combining engaging licensed apparel and accessories with smart services. They offer turn-key, revenue generating solutions marketed directly to your target audience and their lifestyle. Founded in 1993 and located right here in the Chippewa Valley, Powertex’s broad range of services include design, worldwide product sourcing, warehousing, distribution, e-commerce, marketing, customer support, logistics, and more.

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Tuesday, Sep. 19th, 2017

The Night Market – An Indoor-Outdoor Maker Market and Sale Series

Friday nights Sept. 22 – Oct. 20 • 6pm-9pm • @The Local Store and Volume One Gallery and Courtyard! • 15% OFF STOREWIDE • Every Week: local makers • local food trucks • fire pit • live music • hot cider & snack samples • pre-holiday savings

Volume One and The Local Store are excited to bring back the Night Market – an indoor/outdoor “maker market” and sale series on Friday nights, Sept. 22 – Oct. 20, from 6-9pm. Each night, we'll feature 4–6 different local makers – themselves and their products – in the Volume One Gallery. During the event, we'll also set up a fire pit in our courtyard area, invite local food trucks, host live acoustic music, and serve hot cider and snack samples. Simultaneously, all regular Local Store merchandise is 15% OFF during the Night Market!

See the full schedule of this year's makers, performers, and food trucks!

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Monday, Aug. 28th, 2017

The Local Store's Fall Tent Sale Is Back With Blowout Deals!

The Local Store is saying goodbye to the summer of 2017 with a HUGE tent sale on Friday and Saturday – September 8 and 9! Stop by the Volume One parking lot (on the corner of Dewey and Galloway) to check out tons of popular t-shirts, great décor, and more. All tent sale items have HUGE discounts. In the store, select art and apparel will be buy one, get one half off!

➜ We're open 9am–9pm Sept. 8 and 9.

Students! You can get 15% OFF all merchandise with your Student ID during the "UW Meets EC" event – Friday Sept. 8, 5–9pm – excluding all tent sale items. 

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Thursday, Jun. 8th, 2017

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Throws Eau Claire Some Love

And the hits keep coming. Just last week we mentioned two different Wiscosnin magazines featuring Eau Claire as a travel destination, and today we have the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (with one of the lengthiest pieces we've seen) highlighting Eau Claire as "one of Wisconsin's most underrated getaways."

The article features a bunch of photos from around the area and even a video interviewing Volume One owner/Oxbow Hotel co-owner Nick Meyer.

The piece, as usual, mentions Justin Vernon and the Eaux Claires festival, but it also spends a ton of sentences on local attractions such as our rivers and trails; The Informalist; The Dive; Lazy Monk Brewing; The Brewing Project; The Firehouse; Phoenix, Owen, and Carson Parks; Clancy's; JAMF Software; Justin Green of Toy Car Studios; Big Falls County Park; The Devil's Punchbowl; Lucette Brewing; Lake Wissota; Leinenkugel's; and The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely. And more. 

And as we mentioned last week, these kinds of articles (like this one and this one and this one) have been popping up more and more – and there's sure to be more on the way.

ALSO: Check out the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's companion piece Trip Tips: Things to do in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls.

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Monday, May. 1st, 2017

Nationally-Renowned Designer Aaron Draplin Brings His Roadshow to The Local Store

Designer Aaron Draplin
Designer Aaron Draplin

Aaron Draplin is scruffy, all-American, and often dons a Carhartt work coat. When he was a kid, he was told he could be a plumber or utility worker – not a modern genius of graphic design. Originally from Detroit, Draplin moved to California for his first design job. He hated it. Then, he got a job offer in Portland. To Oregon, he went, and in Oregon he stayed. In 2004, Draplin left his day job to try his hand at freelancing, and Draplin Design Co. was born. In the 12 years since, he’s designed logos for several major corporations, launched his own brands, and written a book. You might know Draplin as the brains behind Field Notes, the versatile pocket notebooks, calendars, and various office accessories available everywhere from The Local Store to Duluth Trading Co. Heard of the Sasquatch Music Fest? Sub Pop Records? Patagonia? Yeah, he’s designed logos for all of them.

He's even the designer behind the logo for the Chippewa Valley's own Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival

Draplin is currently on a national tour for his memoir/manual hybrid Pretty Much Everything, an ingenious mid-career survey filled with insider knowledge and Draplin’s signature wit. On May 7, the king of contemporary design is coming to EC for an exclusive 90-minute design talk at the Volume One Gallery at the Local Store. Afterwards, he’ll head to The Lakely for an intimate after-party where he’ll spin records and meet audience members.

Aspiring designers, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. Draplin’s talks often cost upwards of $40 to attend, but this back-to-back event won’t cost you a cent.

Draplin Design Co. 2017 Book Tour Talk ’n Stuff: 6:30pm, The Local Store, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • DJ Set // Hang Out: 8:30pm, The Oxbow Hotel & The Lakely, 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire // May 7 (both events) • FREE (both events) •

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Monday, Mar. 13th, 2017

BIG REVIEWS: Nickolas Butler’s The Hearts of Men

Chippewa Valley novelist Nickolas Butler’s new book, The Hearts of Men, has been racking up fantastic reviews over the last week – since he released it right here in the Volume One Gallery at a packed reading. Butler’s first novel, Shotgun Lovesongs was a New York Times bestseller. See what people are saying about his latest ...

➜ Buy The Hearts of Men

The Hearts of Men has much to say about goodness and its opposite; about honor; and about manhood, its difficulties and precise texture. How it equivocates, how it can protect or maim. It’s not news that we’re shaped by events. But the dealt cards make for only half the game; the other half is how we play them. We are bullied, our father abandons us, our spouse up and dies. Do we give up, fall to bitterness, become stronger? That determines who we’ll be. Do we do good or do we do bad? Moral choice is the spur that sends this novel on its forward gallop. But, in a neat and difficult trick for an author to pull off, the characters’ ethical decisions are as thrilling as adventures of the flesh. – Darin Strauss, The New York Times

“Butler achieves a rare triple play here of brilliant characterizations, a riveting story line, and superlatively measured prose, putting him in the front ranks of contemporary American writers of literary fiction.” – Booklist  

With its attention to Boy Scouts, baseball card-collecting and other “stuff not on the tip of people’s tongues right now in 2017,” Butler acknowledges the “measured sentimentality” found in The Hearts of Men. He recalls a quote from the late Michigan novelist Jim Harrison: “The novelist who refuses sentiment refuses the full spectrum of human behavior, and then he just dries up. I would rather give full vent to all human loves and disappointments, and take a chance on being corny, than die a smartass.” Likewise, Butler maintains, “You have to tackle love, you have to tackle disappointment, you have to tackle passion—all those things that create fiction with a pulse.” – Steve Nathans-Kelly, Paste Magazine

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