Tom Giffey

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Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

More Floor: Dreamhouse Interiors opens showroom

Tom Giffey

After more than 40 years in the business – first in the Chicago area, then for the past two decades in the Chippewa Valley – Gordy Pillar knows floors. Whether it’s custom-installed hardwood, refinished wood ...

Mon. Mar. 12th, 2018

Ramone’s Gets Triple Scoop at Downtownys

Tom Giffey

What’s better than overflowing cone of delicious ice cream in a restored downtown Eau Claire building? Nothing, according to those who voted for the 10th Annual Downtown Eau Claire Awards ...

Fri. Mar. 9th, 2018

EC Playwrights Explore Ups, Downs of Air Travel

Tom Giffey

As annoying as airline travel can be, airports are hard to beat when it comes to people watching. That fact inspired Arrivals and Departures, a new play by Eau Claire’s Jim and Jane Jeffries, which debuts ...

Wed. Mar. 7th, 2018

Final Decisions

Tom Giffey

planning for your funeral can be hard to begin, but it’s ultimately rewarding

Wed. Mar. 7th, 2018

Where There’s a Will

Tom Giffey

getting your affairs in order can give you – and your survivors – peace of mind

Tue. Mar. 6th, 2018

Food Trucks Allowed in More Eau Claire Parks

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

You’ll likely be seeing more food trucks around Eau Claire in the near future. On Feb. 27, the Eau Claire City Council approved an ordinance expanding the list of parks where licensed food trucks can serve up mobile munchies year-round ...

Tue. Feb. 27th, 2018

A Serving of Spiritual Soup

Tom Giffey

A Chippewa Valley writer and her mother have a serving of heartwarming spiritual soup for readers of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. Cassandra Kyser of Boyceville and her mother ...

Tue. Feb. 27th, 2018

Report: Retail Vacancies Rising in Eau Claire

Tom Giffey

The closing of four Gordy’s grocery stores, the Macy’s in Oakwood Mall, and Gander Mountain helped increase the share of vacant retail space in the Eau Claire market to 12.3 percent last year from 7.5 percent in 2016 ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Feb. 16th, 2018

It's Official: Eau Claire’s New Downtown Arts Center Has a Name (UPDATED)

Tom Giffey, photos by Lee Butterworth, Market & Johnson

Chippewa Valley, say hello to Pablo. With a $5 million donation, a newly formed philanthropic foundation has secured naming rights for downtown Eau Claire’s new performing arts center: The Pablo Center at the Confluence will be the official name of the $60.5 million facility, which is scheduled to open ...

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

For These Old Abes, It's Always Showtime

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you ask people connected to the Old Abe Show Choir to describe the ensemble, the most often-used synonym is “family.” And, like most families, amid all the affection and good times is a lot of hard work ...

Thu. Jan. 25th, 2018

Starting Something New

Tom Giffey

Seeking the perfect wedding location? Here are some of the Valley’s newest venues.

Fri. Jan. 12th, 2018

Memorial Grad Is Minnesota's First Hmong-American Judge

Tom Giffey

A Memorial High School graduate who grew up in Eau Claire and went on to a legal career in Minnesota has become the first Hmong-American judge in that state’s history. Sophia Vuelo was recently ...

Wed. Jan. 10th, 2018

Winning Formula

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

low-profile networking firm grows, buys former college

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017

Forming a Friendship

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

former Eau Claire resident pens second faith-based children’s book

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017

Pedals to Paper: 3 counties coordinating bike/pedestrian plans

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If the routes that carry our cars and trucks are planned collaboratively among multiple communities, then so should the pathways followed by bicycles and pedestrians. That’s the underlying goal ...

Tue. Dec. 12th, 2017

Chosen to Lead

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

female officeholders challenge the status quo

Fri. Dec. 1st, 2017

Foundation Wants to Give Your Org Money

Tom Giffey

Are you involved in a local nonprofit organization looking for funding? If your answer is “yes,” then you should consider applying for a grant through the Eau Claire Community Foundation ...

Tue. Nov. 28th, 2017

Foul or Fare? Increase in cost to ride bus riles transit advocates

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The new year will mean new fares for Eau Claire bus riders, and the end result likely will be more money for the transit system but fewer people riding the bus. The City of Eau Claire’s recently approved 2018 budget ...

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

Local Kids Making Joyful Noises

Tom Giffey

The Chippewa Valley Youth Chorus, now in its second year, was created to help children grow musically and socially. Its founders, music educators Cathy Reitz and Nick Poss, also want to give young people the opportunity to experience the joy of music.

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

Tips on Capturing Your Baby's Timeless Moments

Tom Giffey, photos by Laci Eberle

Eau Claire-based photographer Laci Eberle advises parents to keep their baby awake for two hours before a photo session. This way, the newborn will be sleeping sweetly – not wriggling angrily – when it’s time for the close-up.