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Best Local Idea That Worked Last Year

1st Place: Phoenix Park Bathroom

2nd Place: Sculpture Tour

3rd Place: The Local Store

The best ideas that worked for you, I’m proud to say, are all seriously awesome. Thanks to the first place finisher, we can all now “go” when we gotta “go” while enjoying Phoenix Park. Thank you Bathroom Gods and Goddesses everywhere for aligning to make this happen. Also thanks to the business improvement districts and Chippewa Valley Home Builders; they were good, too. In the No. 2 slot is Sculpture Tour, community art at its best with a stunning and hugely successful program aimed at beautifying Eau Claire, supporting the arts, and bringing its residents downtown. Sculpture Tour began in June and hosts 26 large-scale sculptures until next spring, when a whole new batch rolls in. In third is The Local Store. Based at the Volume One World Headquarters in downtown Eau Claire, the store opened last November and features more than 500 products — apparel, books, music, art, and more — all with ties to the Chippewa Valley. — TC

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