Tag Archives: Community

Eau Claire Poverty Summit moves toward final phase

By Nicole Bellford It all began as a community conversation. Nearly 10 years ago, when former Eau Claire City Manager, Michael Huggins, helped form Clear Vision, a citizen-based community visioning and strategic planning initiative, he wasn’t sure what kinds of problems the program was going to tackle. By 2015, rising poverty levels in Eau Claire

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Local pet store has been in Eau Claire for 43 years

By Casey Ryan The owner of “Tropic Waters Pet Center” greets his customers while his golden retriever Torque, is watching his every move. Torque walks down the aisles of the store, checking on all of the animals. Jim Reiman has been in Eau Claire for 40 years managing and now owning the store. This is

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Eau Claire fitness instructor becomes studio owner

By Jenna Ambrosius One woman went from running around taking care of children to running around in a fitness studio. After taking Zumba classes at a local gym, Emily Balow, owner of Dragonfly Dance and Wellness, decided to become a certified Zumba instructor and began leading classes once a week at the studio under its

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Downtown arts store focuses on supporting local artists

By Rachyl Houterman From what was once a high school dream, one owner of the downtown Eau Claire arts collective, Tangled Up In Hue, made her dream of owning her own business a reality when she and her business partner opened the  store in 2009. Jamie Kyser and Erin Klaus had the initial vision of

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Entrepreneur promotes feminism, community with store

By Samantha West If someone had told Rebecca Cooke a few years ago that she was going to open a home goods store in her hometown, she swears she wouldn’t have believed it. “I think a few years ago, I wasn’t here … and I think being home inspired this mindset,” said Cooke, 28. But

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