Nick Meyer


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Wed. Jan. 10th, 2018

Note from the Editor | Jan. 10, 2018

Nick Meyer

Here we are in a new year, with new opportunities on the horizon. On page 28 we look ahead into the topics many of us across the community will be talking about in the months ahead ...

Thu. Dec. 28th, 2017

Looking Backward & Forward

Nick Meyer

It’s the time of year when many of us often pause to look both backward and forward as we contemplate the year behind us and lay plans for the one ahead. It’s in this final issue of the year that the gang here ...

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

Barstow & Grand Comes at the Write Time

Nick Meyer

As I write this in my office at Volume One, the literary event of the year is taking place inside the gallery in The Local Store below me. It’s the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, and on this night it features the release event for Barstow & Grand, a new literary journal whose first peer-reviewed ...

Tue. Oct. 31st, 2017

Catering to Your Needs

Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

when a party gets big, it’s time to call a professional

Fri. Oct. 20th, 2017

Fresh Ideas, New Businesses Prove We've Got Something Going Here

Nick Meyer

It’s been a strong year for new business ideas in downtown Eau Claire, and it looks like 2018 could shape up nicely as well as momentum continues to build. One metric to watch is the annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition. Each year Downtown Eau Claire Incorporated (DECI) ...

Mon. Oct. 16th, 2017

When 'Local' News Is Owned From Afar

Nick Meyer, illustrated by Janae Breunig

an only slightly biased view of the local media landscape as ownership gets more corporatized

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Sep. 26th, 2017

YOU: Eau Claire Wants Your Input on Bicycle Issues

Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

Are you a fan of two-wheeled, self-propelled transportation? Do you have opinions on the best and safest ways to pedal around Eau Claire? If so, the City of Eau Claire wants to hear from you. The city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is in the process ...

Fri. Sep. 8th, 2017

Restaurant Week: Celebrating Food and Community Like Never Before

Nick Meyer

The inaugural Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week is almost here, launching for the very first time on Sept. 15! We at Volume One are very excited about how this first effort has come together, creating a brand new culinary and cultural happening ...

Fri. Aug. 11th, 2017

Best of the Chippewa Valley Voting Is Moving to Year's End

Nick Meyer

For the last decade, right about this time of the year we’d tell you voting was now open for our crazily popular Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll. Well, for the many, many thousands of you who vote every year – things are changing ...

Thu. Jul. 27th, 2017

Restaurant Week Heats Up

Nick Meyer

People in the Chippewa Valley, much like anywhere, love going out to eat. And if you’re one of them have we got just the thing for you. In this issue we’re rolling out more information on the first ever Restaurant Week ...

Thu. Jul. 13th, 2017

What Makes for a Good Chippewa Valley Day?

Nick Meyer

Every once in a while you have one of those amazing Chippewa Valley days where you’re reminded just how good we have it around here – the kind of day when you’re repeatedly rewarded with cool experiences ...

Wed. Jun. 14th, 2017

The Potential of a Party

Nick Meyer

The neighborhood block party can be a simple yet powerful community-building tool. On page 46 we have the story of “Bluegrass on Badger,” a neighbor-created event with music, games, a food truck, and more in late May on Eau Claire’s Eastside Hill. It became an instant breakout success ...

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

'Round Here Summer Means Music

Nick Meyer

The great Wisconsin summer is upon us, and in the Chippewa Valley that comes with a healthy dose of music. For decades now music has been a big tradition here in the summer, but this last decade has seen an explosion ...

Thu. May. 4th, 2017

In the Valley, Warmer Months Are for Adventuring

Nick Meyer

Right about now in Wisconsin is when you can’t go wrong getting outside on a few urban or rural adventures. It’s not too cold or too hot, the entire region is coming into bloom, and the sheer enthusiasm people have just ...

Wed. Apr. 19th, 2017

Taking a Trip Can Be Time for Relaxation, Inspiration

Nick Meyer

As the valley awakens from its seasonal slumber, ready to embrace spring, you’ll find more local activities and events popping up every week, all listed within these pages. But in this issue you’ll also find our annual Getaway Guide, which serves as a bit of encouragement to get outside ...

Thu. Apr. 6th, 2017

Note from the Editor | April 5, 2016

Nick Meyer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Last weekend, after a five-year hiatus, Volume One brought back our April Fools’ Day Pillow Fight, this time in the courtyard of the new Oxbow Hotel in Eau Claire. It was a gorgeous, sunny, 60-degree day ...

Thu. Mar. 9th, 2017

15 Years of Volume One, Culture & Community

Nick Meyer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

This modest experiment called Volume One started back in March of 2002. While we don’t have much planned in the way of celebratory fanfare (you’re reading the “fanfare” now), we thought ...

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

Our Public Plaza Takes Shape

Nick Meyer

The latest images of what the public plaza next to the Confluence Arts Center in downtown Eau Claire could look like have just been released and it seems things are going in the right direction ...

Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

Eaux Claires Line-Up Revealed This Week

Nick Meyer

It might be the middle of winter, but many of us have warmer weather on their minds as a few more of our major summer music festivals have announced their line-ups over the last several weeks ...

Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

With a Wisconsin Winter, Getting Outside Is Key

by Nick Meyer

I believe in getting outside in the winter. I think it’s one of the most authentic ways to truly experience Wisconsin, and to more fully understand what being from here means. And when winter lasts as long ...

Wed. Dec. 28th, 2016

Note from the Editor | Dec. 28, 2016

Nick Meyer

At Volume One we do our best to keep tabs on everything interesting that happens throughout the Chippewa Valley. Thankfully, it seems the velocity of interesting things happening – good things – continues to increase ...

Thu. Dec. 15th, 2016

Achieving Lambeau

Nick Meyer

It’s official: After well more than three decades in this state, I’m finally a full-blooded Wisconsinite. Just last weekend, I attended my very first Packers game at the legendary Lambeau Field ...

Fri. Dec. 2nd, 2016

Shopping Local Sees a Boost

Nick Meyer

You don’t need me to tell you the holiday season is already in full tilt around the Chippewa Valley. Lights are up in our downtowns and parks, store shelves are stacked to the brim with gifts, and holiday events are filling social calendars ...

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

We're Hiring & We're Thankful

Nick Meyer

I’m excited to announce we’re adding another full-time position at Volume One. We are now hiring a Bookkeeper/Office Manager to add to our business team. The basics are this: We need a financially and administratively ...

Thu. Nov. 3rd, 2016

The Harvest Season

Nick Meyer

Where I come from, it’s harvest season. That means many hard working farmers and laborers are spending long, cold hours in the fields and at the grain elevator – often all day and well into the night, seven days a week ...

Thu. Oct. 20th, 2016

Note from the Editor | Oct. 19, 2016

Nick Meyer

Back when our offices were on Barstow Street, each year during the (absolutely massive) downtown Trick or Treating event, the Volume One staff would pull together to transform our entire office into the “Tunnel of Terror.” It was a chance ...

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 ...