Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Samantha Kobs


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FEATURE STORY: Karaoke in the Valley (A Scientific Analysis)

Samantha Kobs, design by Mackenzie Slattery, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Samantha Kobs

According to the peer-edited and highly regarded online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, karaoke was first popularized by a Japanese engineer in the late 1960s as a form of dinner entertainment. Since then, karaoke has ...

Walking Hopefully

Sharing Hope Walk raises funds for suicide prevention

Samantha Kobs

Looking for an awesome cause with a local focus? Get involved with this year’s second annual Sharing Hope Walk to Prevent Suicide. The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Chippewa Valley ...

UWEC Program Welcomes Students Who’ve Experienced Homelessness and Foster Care

Samantha Kobs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As a freshman at UW-Eau Claire, Taz Smith came up with a service-learning project that meant something personal: a program to help university students who have previously been a part of the foster care system. As a former foster child, Taz is all too familiar with the hardships associated with ...

Inconspicuous Sketches

sneaky artist publishes book of Eau Claire drawings

Samantha Kobs

Nishant Jain is a professional spy. Well, maybe not a real spy, but he is a pretty good urban sketch artist, which requires some spy-like skills. From literary festivals in India to concerts in Chicago ...

Raising a Glass to Art

pairing local wines with local artists

Samantha Kobs

There are many words that I’d use to describe myself, but up until last week, sommelier wasn’t one of them. As a humble high school teacher ...

Local Duo Produces Cult! – A Creative Tabletop Game

Samantha Kobs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

CULT! is – along with its predecessor CHOMP! – a classic role-playing game similar to Dungeons & Dragons, except much simpler. (Those of you frustrated with the intricacies of D&D might appreciate this!)

It Keeps You Running

EC Marathon turns 10 with no plans of slowing down

Samantha Kobs, photos by Kelsey Smith

This year marks the 10th anniversary of one of Eau Claire’s most exciting events: the Eau Claire Marathon. On Sunday, May 6, entire streets will be shut down and taken over by a flash mob of over 4,700 ...

Growlin’ to Go

get your growler filled at this new Eau Claire spot

Samantha Kobs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If there’s one thing that’ll get me in the door of a local business, it’s a five-foot, sheet metal beer can. Call it gimmicky or call it ingenious; either way, it’s catching glances from its sidewalk perch on London Road ...

Time travel to the ’20s at Gatsby’s Gala

Samantha Kobs

The annual Gatsby’s Gala. Nov.10 will mark year number four of an event that celebrates and emulates an American literary classic: The Great Gatsby.

New Name, Same Games

Eau Claire Games and Arcade rebrands itself because of similarly named restaurant

Samantha Kobs, photos by Lauren Fisher

What happens when two local businesses within two blocks of each other have essentially the same name? Well, definitely confusion … but eventually, a positive solution. ...

Real Food, Real Friends

Elk Mound bistro entices, with pizza, sweets, drinks

Samantha Kobs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As a young and exhausted teacher, there are very few things that can convince me to stay up late on a school night. But pumpkin swirl cheesecake and good conversation will do the trick, both of which were delightfully ...

A New District

downtown Eau Claire pub features tasty menu, mega drinks

Samantha Kobs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As we age, our ability to adapt to changes around us gets worse. Or we become apprehensive or perhaps completely cynical. But let me tell you, there’s a change coming your way that you won’t need to get up in arms about – a new place to fill your belly in downtown Eau Claire ...

Hoof It Over to 22 Chevaux

Samantha Kobs

Siblings Will Jannusch and Amy Lorbecki don’t horse around when it comes to home décor. That’s why they’re taking on a new business venture – 22 Chevaux (that’s “horses” in French) – that specializes in high-quality, hardwood furniture ...

Meaty Memories

Nickolas Butler’s meat-packing journals get digital treatment

Samantha Kobs

What is it about something hand-written that makes us feel nostalgic and sentimental while subsequently stuffing whatever it is into the back of a drawer to save for decades? Internationally published local ...

Building Endurance

CF native offers training, advice for diverse clients

Samantha Kobs

Ever gone for a 105-mile run? Chippewa Falls native Jake Nash has. He’s also run more than 20 marathons – one of them just six months after a back surgery. And last year, he completed the Ironman Wisconsin ...

Nuc @ Night

The Nucleus now offers a select dinner menu

Samantha Kobs

One of Eau Claire’s favorite breakfast joints, The Nucleus, has recently opened its doors for dinner. After years of deliberation and months of recipe tasting in the kitchen, Nuc @ Night is finally here ...

Northbound to Happen

new ‘men’s mercantile’ shop headed to downtown EC

Samantha Kobs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Thinking downtown Eau Claire can’t possibly get any cooler? Wrong. There’s a new business opening up, and it’s about to knock your summer socks off. Local business partners Matt Schwahn and Jeff Reuter will be introducing their shared-custody brainchild, Northbound Supply Company, to the community by the end of the month ...

Expanding the Flavor: Water Street Deli closes restaurant to focus on wholesale

Samantha Kobs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Ask a local where to get the best gyro or hummus, and they’ll likely respond without hesitation: Water Street Deli. But here’s some downright falawful news … in just a few short days, the Water Street Deli will be closing its restaurant doors. But ...

Viennese Ball

annual social event brings elegance to Davies Center

Samantha Kobs

The “Kaiserball” in Vienna, Austria, is a huge social event known for its grand elegance, and for 40 years that atmosphere has been reflected at UW-Eau Claire’s own annual Viennese Ball. Dressed in formal gowns and tuxedos, those attending ...