Thoughts People

Three Girl Boss Things We Love Right Now

a furry queen, a staple E.C. jeweler, and a new tea shop

McKenna Scherer |

Photo: WEAU
Submitted photo


SARAH WILLGER, OWNER OF TOKEN JEWELRY IN EAU CLAIRE, found a home in Artisan Forge Studios prior to creating her current space over on West Grand Avenue, but her jewelry has found a home in many locals’ hearts too. Token celebrated its 17th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 22, offering folks sparkling drinks and food, tarot readings, and a sale, where customers flooded the space and made sure Willger and the Token team felt the love. “I think life is filled with magic and opportunities and I’m open to the universe putting me on whatever path I’m meant to be on,” Willger shared on Token’s Facebook.


Photo: HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
Photo by Eau Claire County Humane Association


MAMMA WILLOW is one furry angel who unfortunately has been returned to the Eau Claire County Humane Association several times, but she’s stayin’ strong in true girlboss fashion. Though Mamma Willow doesn’t do well with other animals – hey, she’s the queen of whatever tower she ends up in, we get it – she loves to give kisses, cuddle under blankets, and play with rubber squeaky toys. She deals with separation anxiety and the shelter suggests that her forever family have her meet with a vet to see if medication could be right for her. Ask ECCHA about Mamma if you think your heart has space for this 6-year-old lover.


Photo: Andrea Paulseth
Submitted photo


BLACK KETTLE TEA SHOP OWNER BRIANNA VODVARKA, has created the organic loose-leaf tea that’s become a fave for local tea lovers for years now.What began as a passion hobby has transformed into so much more, and soon, Vodvarka will be opening her own brick-and-mortar shop in downtown Eau Claire. The Black Kettle Tea & Horror Bootique will be on North Barstow Street, and though an opening date is TBD, folks can expect Black Kettle loose-leaf tea, create-your-own teas, oddities, horror-related items, consignment items from local artists, and more. Go, Brianna!