Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center funds community support programs
V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth
More than 150,000 items move through the Hope Gospel Bargain Center (2511 Moholt Drive, Eau Claire) every month. That’s a lot of stuff, even for what they ...
Robert Giede Design offers custom and ready-made treasures
Robert Giede wears two rings when he isn’t at his work bench. On his right hand ring finger is a red and orange fire agate mounted adjacent to a white diamond on a ...
May’s Floral is Eau Claire’s destination greenhouse
V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth
Working in the floral business isn’t all sweet smells and soft-petaled daisies. It’s a mad dash from holiday to holiday, with poinsettias and evergreens for Christmas, roses for ...
Markquart moves into Menomonie to offer friendly sales and services
Three generations have built a strong association between the Markquart name and easy, personable car sales in the Chippewa Valley over the past 50 years.
Nicole Lasker strives to create special moments while enriching her hometown
Max Lasker was a Jewish immigrant from Poland who came to the United States through Ellis Island and somehow made his way to Wisconsin. In 1928, he founded what would become Eau Claire’s Lasker Jewelers.
Green Oasis Gardens and Gift Boutique is paradise year-round
This friendly shop is stocked up with year-round supplies for savvy gardeners, but also offers a wide selection of forward-thinking fashions for women, cute home decor, gifts, seasonal trinkets, and other goodies to discover.
Da Vinci Therapeutic Massage offers holistic healing for overall health
Every reservation against having a professional massage melts away during a session, according to Kari Tatu, owner of DaVinci Therapeutic Massage in Eau Claire.
Muldoon’s Men’s Wear keeps it real, stylish, and personal
Sixty eight years ago, Hastings Way looked a lot different than it does today. Where in 2018 it’s lined with bustling small businesses, back in 1950 there was a gas station, a bowling alley, a grocery store, a couple restaurants, and Muldoon’s Men’s Wear.
Infinity Beverages creates innovative wines and spirits with local pride
Drop by drop, bottle by bottle, barrel by barrel, Matthew Rick has built Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery, a thriving wine and spirits business, in Eau Claire.
Williams Diamond Center takes a personal approach to customers’ jewelry needs
Since its inception, Williams Diamond Center has specialized in fine jewelry, catering to customers who want cutting-edge trends as well as classics. In recent years, the store has added a focus on custom jewelry, thanks to in-house designer Teva Dekel, who works with customers to create personalized treasures.
Bed, Bath, & Drapery puts a spotlight on making your home beautiful
For Larry Kleist, the goal has always been to offer something you can’t find anywhere else in Eau Claire. Sure, you can find blinds, curtains, and other such items around town, but at Bed, Bath & Drapery, Kleist endeavors to carry high-quality products no one else is selling.
Foreign 5 is one-of-a-kind special occasion store
Foreign 5 has an array of women’s clothing and a seasonal gifts section. With racks featuring everything from carefully matched, earth-tone ensembles to blingy Green Bay gear, the fashion-forward will feel right at home. The gift department offers puzzles, magnets, and plenty of wall hangings with inspirational quotes.
Economy Furniture opens new location in its 75th year in business
Economy Furniture has been giving Chippewa Valley residents the opportunity to shop with their senses for 67 years from their current Chippewa Falls location and 75 years in total. Buster Pregent opened it under the name Pregent’s Furniture on Spring Street in Chippewa Falls in 1942.