Nick Meyer


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Wed. Sep. 21st, 2016

Why Are 3 Key State Gatherings Coming to Eau Claire?

by Nick Meyer

Word about what’s happening in Eau Claire is spreading around Wisconsin. Over the next six weeks, three major conferences will be held downtown at the request of leaders from throughout the state ...

Wed. Sep. 7th, 2016

Note from the Editor | Sept. 7, 2016

by Nick Meyer

With this issue, we officially declare the transition into fall – everyone’s favorite (or at least second favorite?) time of the year. The summer is long gone, kids are back at school, and routines are setting in. Soon leaves will be turning, evenings will get a little cooler ...

Thu. Aug. 25th, 2016

Note from the Editor | August 24, 2016

by Nick Meyer

In a matter of days, roughly 400 upperclassmen students will be moving into the new six-story downtown structure called Haymarket Landing, which towers right above Barstow Street and the Eau Claire River. The impact of this event is really significant ...

Wed. Aug. 10th, 2016

Revisiting the Music Capital of the North

Nick Meyer

We’re now entering that final twilight of summer, and around here summer means many things – not the least of which, is music. This coming weekend (Aug 12-13) will see the last two major summer music events wrap up ...

Wed. Jul. 27th, 2016

Finding Our Future in Buildings of the Past

by Nick Meyer

Right here, you can find a story about the successfully completed negotiations between the Brewing Projekt and Eau Claire’s Redevelopment Authority to turn an old building along the Chippewa River ...

Thu. Jul. 14th, 2016

Writing Our Community's Future

Nick Meyer, photos by Nick Meyer

In early July I had the privilege of participating in a new writing residency at Cirenaica, a log cabin in the rolling hills of Fall Creek, where the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is hosting its first season of weekend-long instructional workshops. From Thursday evening ...

Thu. Jul. 14th, 2016

Opening Shot | July 13, 2016

photos by Nick Meyer

CABIN FEVER. Wisconsin Life producer Erika Janik (in yellow T-shirt), of Wisconsin Public Radio, hosts a group of regional writers for a weekend workshop on writing for radio and podcasts. A series of these residencies are produced by the new ...

Wed. Jun. 29th, 2016

The Valley's Brewing Boom

Nick Meyer

It’s become quite clear there’s a local microbrewery revolution taking place in the Chippewa Valley. I’ll admit I’m not the biggest beer drinker in town, but the kinds of establishments ...

Wed. Jun. 15th, 2016

A Good Time to Thank a Farmer

Nick Meyer

Last week I donned a pair of plastic gloves, an apron, and a comically undersized white paper hat to serve what seemed like nearly 1,000 heaping scoops of scrambled eggs ...

Thu. Jun. 2nd, 2016

Street Corner Kids

by Nick Meyer

Every third weekend in May my neighborhood (the Eastside Hill in Eau Claire) holds a massive, neighborhood-wide thrift sale event. This year, more than 140 homes ...

Fri. May. 20th, 2016

Summer Music Returns

by Nick Meyer

Yes, it’s that time of year: the return of the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series in Phoenix Park! We at Volume One are truly proud of how our community has rallied ...

Mon. May. 9th, 2016

V1’s Big Award, and a Big Thank You

Nick Meyer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When my friend Dale Karls and I started Volume One in 2002, we never really thought of it as a business. And there certainly was no business plan. To us it was just a chance to pull together some friends ...

Wed. Apr. 20th, 2016

Note from the Editor | April 20, 2016

Nick Meyer

The long-awaited warm-up of 2016 is finally here. A stretch of sustained daily highs above 70 degrees has set in and I, for one, am not looking back. You can smell the fresh ...

Tue. Apr. 5th, 2016

Note from the Editor | April 6, 2016

Nick Meyer

Here’s the thing about big ideas: they lead to more big ideas. When people are passionate about an idea (or their life, their job, their art, their community) it’s hard to stop at just one ...

Thu. Mar. 24th, 2016

Note from the Editor | March 23, 2016

by Nick Meyer

It looks like 2016 is going to be a banner year for the restaurant scene in the Chippewa Valley. A handful of new restaurants have already opened this year throughout the area and several more ...

Tue. Mar. 8th, 2016

Note from the Editor | March 9, 2016

Nick Meyer

A friend of mine recently gave me a cool vintage typewriter from his collection. A Smith-Corona. It’s a beautiful blue beast of a unit. Plug it in, flip the switch, and it starts humming – just waiting ...

Wed. Feb. 24th, 2016

Celebrating 300 Issues of People, Place, & Passion

Nick Meyer

Ideas have birthdays. Just like people and events and even buildings. They have anniversaries. The largest of these milestones tend to come in big, round numbers. Like 300. That’s the number of issues, as of today, that Volume One and our nearly 14 years worth of staff, contributors, advertisers, and collaborators ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Feb. 17th, 2016

Taste of the Valley to Return This Summer

Mike Paulus, photos by Nick Meyer

"On Sunday, June 5th, Phoenix Park will be transformed into a festival grounds celebrating the culinary arts. Festgoers will be treated to local musical entertainment throughout the day and the kiddos ..."

Thu. Feb. 11th, 2016

A Winter Surge for the Valley's Cultural Landscape

Nick Meyer

Hot on the heels of the Banbury Art Crawl, which was Feb. 5-6, the Chippewa Valley’s arts and culture scene is about to step it up even further this February. And that’s above and beyond the usual list of music, theater, comedy, literature, and art events that take place at venues across the valley every week. This surge is in large part due to a few major developments ...

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

Everybody Likes to Win Awards, and We've Got Some to Give...

Nick Meyer

At the end of every January, the staff at Volume One hosts a fun little event in our gallery where several dozen of our contributors – writers, photographers, and illustrators – gather to eat, drink, and recognize each others’ work from the previous year. We call it The Contriby Awards, and in addition to handing out plenty of hardware ...

Wed. Jan. 13th, 2016

In the Chippewa Valley, Looking Forward

by Nick Meyer

I find it particularly fun to envision what lies ahead for this community, the given year ahead and beyond. But it’s certainly fun (and much easier) to look back too, aided by the memories of friends and loved ones, as well as the historic photos to show for it all ...

Wed. Dec. 23rd, 2015

We're All Responsible for the Headlines of 2016

Nick Meyer

Inside this issue and on our website right now you’ll find our annual Chippewa Valley Year in Review Quiz. It covers everything from civic news and development to arts, food, and sports. Here in print it’s fun, but at you’ll find an interactive version that really puts your local (and random) knowledge ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Dec. 18th, 2015

Huebsch Building Renovation Halted, Tear Down Likely

by Nick Meyer, photos by Janae Breunig

Word is coming out today that Jack Kaiser, the owner of the much-discussed Huebsch Building perched above the Eau Claire River at the corner of Dewey and Galloway Streets, has decided to halt the renovation of the structure ...

Wed. Dec. 9th, 2015

Supporting the Impulse of the Chippewa Valley's Idea People

Nick Meyer

The inset quote below, from William James, is featured prominently in the open work area at Volume One – and its sentiment is something we’ve written about before. To some degree, the quote has been a guiding light for me personally ...

Tue. Nov. 24th, 2015

Note from the Editor: At Haymarket Landing, Infusion of Vitality Awaits

Nick Meyer

I recently had the opportunity to tour the construction of the new Haymarket Landing building, the “mixed-use” portion of the Confluence Project, that will house nearly 400 upper-level students and a number of businesses when it’s complete in July 2016. We’ve all seen the crane standing tall for several months now ...

Wed. Nov. 11th, 2015

Note from the Editor | November. 11, 2015

Nick Meyer

In this issue, you’ll find a story about the effort to revitalize the former Green Tree Inn, transforming it into the new Oxbow Hotel – a boutique, independent lodging establishment with 30 rooms, a restaurant, bar, and more. It’s a project I’ve been deeply involved in for quite some time. You can read the latest news ...

Wed. Oct. 28th, 2015

Note from the Editor | October 28, 2015

Nick Meyer

Big news, Volume One is hiring! If you’ve got a background in English and an eye for detail, this might be your chance to join the Volume One team. We’re hiring what we call our Resource & Listings Editor – a core part of our team that manages vast reservoirs of information including listings of events, businesses ...

Wed. Sep. 30th, 2015

Note from the Editor | September 30, 2015

by Nick Meyer

Every year this thing gets bigger – more categories, more votes, and more fun. This issue is tied for our biggest ever at a whopping 88 pages! It’s the results of the Volume One Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll. You’ll notice this issue looks a little different than usual ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Sep. 24th, 2015

Shiny New ‘Eau Claire-Stream’ Trailer Aims to Take Chippewa Valley Vibe, Creativity on the Road

Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

What’s the best way to see America in style? Inside the sleek, retro luxury of a shimmering aluminum Airstream trailer, of course. What’s the best way to stylishly impress the rest of America so they want to check out the Chippewa Valley? Again, with a classic Airstream trailer – coupled with the talents ...

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

Note from the Editor | September 2, 2015

Nick Meyer

I love September. I challenge anyone to name a month superior to September. Can’t do it. It’s got a few last dashes of summer, a gorgeous glimpse of fall, and a shared kinetic energy of back-to-school, back-to-business, and back-to-basics. It’s that last one that I could use some extra focus on ...

Wed. Aug. 19th, 2015

Note from the Editor | August 19, 2015

Nick Meyer

When we first started Volume One, it was very important to us that our coverage area included Menomonie. Between its busy little downtown, the Red Cedar Trail, and tons of great stuff at UW-Stout, there’s a serious heartbeat to that place. But for some reason all the great ...

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

Note from the Editor | August 5, 2015

Nick Meyer

Directly above my computer monitor in my office, I have a whole slew of Post-it notes, each with a couple of words written on them in black sharpie. Every one represents an idea or initiative I have in mind for Volume One and our varied endeavors ...

Wed. Jul. 22nd, 2015

Note from the Editor | July 22, 2015

Nick Meyer

Today the dust is settling after the inaugural Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival. Everything’s been packed up and the grounds are healing in advance of this weekend’s Country Jam action. It’s likely clear that we at Volume One have been pretty amped up ...

Wed. Jul. 8th, 2015

Justin Vernon: 'That Intangible Aesthetic'

Nick Meyer

in the midst of Eaux Claires Festival prep, Justin Vernon stops to talk art, music, business, and crafting experiences in the heart of our city

Tue. Jul. 7th, 2015

Less Tangible, More True

Nick Meyer

exploring what we mean when we call the Chippewa Valley "Music Capital of the North"

Wed. Jun. 24th, 2015

Note from the Editor | June 24, 2015

by Nick Meyer

The staff at Volume One has been busy the last couple of months and now has an exciting announcement to make. We’ve recently launched an entirely new, stand-alone “sister” publication called Chippewa Valley Family. It’s a complete ...

Wed. Jun. 10th, 2015

Note from the Editor | June 10, 2015

Nick Meyer

Everybody likes to talk about parking downtown. They’re either adamant that it’s totally fine, or that it’s a disaster and must be completely avoided. Neither opinion is probably true, but I tend to fall into the former camp, where I feel it’s really not that big of a deal to park downtown most times and that people are mostly lazy when it comes to walking ...

Thu. May. 28th, 2015

Note from the Editor | May 27, 2015

Nick Meyer

Here we are in late May already, which means I’ve been working on my summer bucket list, since, oh I don’t know … January. These days, with a three-year-old (and a newborn) in tow, the character of the list is a bit different than it used to be, but not too different ...

Thu. May. 28th, 2015

Our 90-Day Bender of Joy

Nick Meyer, illustrated by Janae Breunig

the last 10 years have completely transformed summer in Eau Claire, and now there’s no looking back

Tue. May. 12th, 2015

Confluence on Life Support?

Nick Meyer

Not quite. However the struggle continues. But no matter what happens, this community has done its part, and we need to be proud of that.

Wed. Apr. 29th, 2015

Note from the Editor | April 29, 2015

Nick Meyer

I recently attended the 101st Annual Meeting for the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. I know, sounds boring. They may call it a meeting, but it’s really more of a massive dinner, party, and award show with nearly 700 attendees from throughout the local business ...

Mon. Apr. 13th, 2015

Annual Art-Splosion

Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

students’ work takes over school administration building

Mon. Apr. 13th, 2015

Note from the Editor | Apr. 15, 2015

Nick Meyer

Spring is in the air in downtown Eau Claire. While on nice days pedestrians pour out onto the streets and trails, all around them at least three highly visible and large-scale construction projects pound away at progress. A simple four-block ...

Tue. Mar. 31st, 2015

Berg's Moves

Laura Lash, photos by Nick Meyer

chef’s classes focus on cooking with local ingredients

Tue. Mar. 31st, 2015

Coming to You Live

Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

liveART brings artists’ studios to theater stage

Tue. Mar. 31st, 2015

Note from the Editor | April 1, 2015

Nick Meyer

It’s baby season here at Volume One. In just the past two weeks, second babies were born to both my family and the family of one of our managing editors, Tom Giffey. His is a girl, and mine is a boy. In several more weeks, our staff photographer ...