Nick Meyer


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Turn of the Decade: Forward thinking on Eau Claire's next 10 years

Thu. Jan. 16th, 2020

Less than 48 hours before the dawn of 2020, Volume One invited a group of 14 locals to sit down and talk about the decade ahead in Eau Claire. To this group, we posed four forward-thinking ...

Wed. Jan. 15th, 2020

Turn of the Decade

video by Nick Meyer, Joel Pearish

forward thinking on Eau Claire's next 10 years

Fri. May. 31st, 2019

Note from the Editor | May 29, 2018

Nick Meyer

This is it you guys. It’s here. Summer. It’s time for that annual 12-week-long Wisconsin tradition of jamming every possible outdoor activity into every waking moment of your life out of fear ...

Mon. Jul. 2nd, 2018

5 Hot Examples of Summer Fun

Nick Meyer

We’re all now officially headlong into that famous Wisconsin summer. It’s time to savor the many opportunities that pop up in our community this time of year, and as always, let Volume One be your guide to all there is to see, hear, do, and taste ...

Thu. May. 31st, 2018

Make a Splash and Make the Most of This Summer

Nick Meyer

You can feel it starting now. Summer. The most legendary of Chippewa Valley seasons. It’s when it all spills out into the backyards and beaches, to the pools and parks, to the streets and splash pads ...

Mon. May. 21st, 2018

Chippewa Valley Nature Festival Features Fun for All

Julia van Allen, photos by Nick Meyer

From June 1-3, the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society will sponsor the Chippewa Valley Nature Festival, which will integrate aspects of environmentalism, conservation, and fun into the first weekend ...

Wed. Apr. 18th, 2018

Our All-New, Fancy Pants Restaurant & Bar Guide

Nick Meyer

Restaurants and bars can be huge parts of the culture of a city. As has often been written, eating is one of the few things we all must do, so it’s natural that restaurants have evolved into social gathering places ...

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

Intro to Local Government: Get Your Knowledge up With Some Basic Ins and Outs

Lauren Fisher, photos by Nick Meyer

Wisconsin is divided into 72 counties, which each have administrative home rule authority. This means they are able to decide how to organize and consolidate their administrative departments only as allowed or mandated by state statute or the constitution ...

Thu. Mar. 8th, 2018

Think Plaza, Not Park

Nick Meyer

After many months of public input and planning, last week the Eau Claire City Council approved the final plan for the new Haymarket Plaza, the riverfront public space between ...

Tue. Feb. 27th, 2018

Embracing Winter at the Curling Club

Nick Meyer

As I’m sure many people across the world felt these last several days, as the winter games played out on the other side of the planet in Pyeongchang, the crew at Volume One got a little caught up in Olympic fever. So last week, as part of our staff’s two-day annual meeting ...

Wed. Jan. 10th, 2018

Note from the Editor | Jan. 10, 2018

Nick Meyer

Here we are in a new year, with new opportunities on the horizon. On page 28 we look ahead into the topics many of us across the community will be talking about in the months ahead ...

Thu. Dec. 28th, 2017

Looking Backward & Forward

Nick Meyer

It’s the time of year when many of us often pause to look both backward and forward as we contemplate the year behind us and lay plans for the one ahead. It’s in this final issue of the year that the gang here ...

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

Barstow & Grand Comes at the Write Time

Nick Meyer

As I write this in my office at Volume One, the literary event of the year is taking place inside the gallery in The Local Store below me. It’s the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, and on this night it features the release event for Barstow & Grand, a new literary journal whose first peer-reviewed ...

Tue. Oct. 31st, 2017

Catering to Your Needs

Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

when a party gets big, it’s time to call a professional

Fri. Oct. 20th, 2017

Fresh Ideas, New Businesses Prove We've Got Something Going Here

Nick Meyer

It’s been a strong year for new business ideas in downtown Eau Claire, and it looks like 2018 could shape up nicely as well as momentum continues to build. One metric to watch is the annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition. Each year Downtown Eau Claire Incorporated (DECI) ...

Mon. Oct. 16th, 2017

When 'Local' News Is Owned From Afar

Nick Meyer, illustrated by Janae Breunig

an only slightly biased view of the local media landscape as ownership gets more corporatized

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Sep. 26th, 2017

YOU: Eau Claire Wants Your Input on Bicycle Issues

Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

Are you a fan of two-wheeled, self-propelled transportation? Do you have opinions on the best and safest ways to pedal around Eau Claire? If so, the City of Eau Claire wants to hear from you. The city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is in the process ...

Fri. Sep. 8th, 2017

Restaurant Week: Celebrating Food and Community Like Never Before

Nick Meyer

The inaugural Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week is almost here, launching for the very first time on Sept. 15! We at Volume One are very excited about how this first effort has come together, creating a brand new culinary and cultural happening ...

Fri. Aug. 11th, 2017

Best of the Chippewa Valley Voting Is Moving to Year's End

Nick Meyer

For the last decade, right about this time of the year we’d tell you voting was now open for our crazily popular Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll. Well, for the many, many thousands of you who vote every year – things are changing ...

Thu. Jul. 27th, 2017

Restaurant Week Heats Up

Nick Meyer

People in the Chippewa Valley, much like anywhere, love going out to eat. And if you’re one of them have we got just the thing for you. In this issue we’re rolling out more information on the first ever Restaurant Week ...

Thu. Jul. 13th, 2017

What Makes for a Good Chippewa Valley Day?

Nick Meyer

Every once in a while you have one of those amazing Chippewa Valley days where you’re reminded just how good we have it around here – the kind of day when you’re repeatedly rewarded with cool experiences ...

Wed. Jun. 14th, 2017

The Potential of a Party

Nick Meyer

The neighborhood block party can be a simple yet powerful community-building tool. On page 46 we have the story of “Bluegrass on Badger,” a neighbor-created event with music, games, a food truck, and more in late May on Eau Claire’s Eastside Hill. It became an instant breakout success ...

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

'Round Here Summer Means Music

Nick Meyer

The great Wisconsin summer is upon us, and in the Chippewa Valley that comes with a healthy dose of music. For decades now music has been a big tradition here in the summer, but this last decade has seen an explosion ...

Thu. May. 4th, 2017

In the Valley, Warmer Months Are for Adventuring

Nick Meyer

Right about now in Wisconsin is when you can’t go wrong getting outside on a few urban or rural adventures. It’s not too cold or too hot, the entire region is coming into bloom, and the sheer enthusiasm people have just ...

Wed. Apr. 19th, 2017

Taking a Trip Can Be Time for Relaxation, Inspiration

Nick Meyer

As the valley awakens from its seasonal slumber, ready to embrace spring, you’ll find more local activities and events popping up every week, all listed within these pages. But in this issue you’ll also find our annual Getaway Guide, which serves as a bit of encouragement to get outside ...

Thu. Apr. 6th, 2017

Note from the Editor | April 5, 2016

Nick Meyer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Last weekend, after a five-year hiatus, Volume One brought back our April Fools’ Day Pillow Fight, this time in the courtyard of the new Oxbow Hotel in Eau Claire. It was a gorgeous, sunny, 60-degree day ...

Thu. Mar. 9th, 2017

15 Years of Volume One, Culture & Community

Nick Meyer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

This modest experiment called Volume One started back in March of 2002. While we don’t have much planned in the way of celebratory fanfare (you’re reading the “fanfare” now), we thought ...

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

Our Public Plaza Takes Shape

Nick Meyer

The latest images of what the public plaza next to the Confluence Arts Center in downtown Eau Claire could look like have just been released and it seems things are going in the right direction ...

Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

Eaux Claires Line-Up Revealed This Week

Nick Meyer

It might be the middle of winter, but many of us have warmer weather on their minds as a few more of our major summer music festivals have announced their line-ups over the last several weeks ...

Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

With a Wisconsin Winter, Getting Outside Is Key

by Nick Meyer

I believe in getting outside in the winter. I think it’s one of the most authentic ways to truly experience Wisconsin, and to more fully understand what being from here means. And when winter lasts as long ...

Wed. Dec. 28th, 2016

Note from the Editor | Dec. 28, 2016

Nick Meyer

At Volume One we do our best to keep tabs on everything interesting that happens throughout the Chippewa Valley. Thankfully, it seems the velocity of interesting things happening – good things – continues to increase ...

Thu. Dec. 15th, 2016

Achieving Lambeau

Nick Meyer

It’s official: After well more than three decades in this state, I’m finally a full-blooded Wisconsinite. Just last weekend, I attended my very first Packers game at the legendary Lambeau Field ...

Fri. Dec. 2nd, 2016

Shopping Local Sees a Boost

Nick Meyer

You don’t need me to tell you the holiday season is already in full tilt around the Chippewa Valley. Lights are up in our downtowns and parks, store shelves are stacked to the brim with gifts, and holiday events are filling social calendars ...