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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 ...

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 VolumeOne.org 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 ...