L O C A L H O M ES, GARDENS, H O M E M A K E RS, AND GARDENERS
W R I T E R S : katy macek, anthony mcmorran, tom giffey, eric rasmussen P H O T O S : andrea paulseth L I S T I N G S : tyler griggs D E S I G N : janae breunig, eric christenson
N EX T LE VE L DES IG N
award-winning interior designer takes home prestigious award for kitchen/bath project BY ERIC CHRISTENSON
Volume One: How long have you been doing interior design? Adrienne Dorig: I've been working as an interior designer for 15 years and have been in business for seven. So you’re originally from California? When did you come to Eau Claire? Yes, I was born and raised in Southern California. I moved in the fall of 2010 after my husband got a job teaching at UWEC.
drienne Dorig is a interior designer and California transplant who moved to the area after her husband got a job teaching at UW-Eau Claire. She specializes in artfully designing kitchens and bathrooms with sophistication and functionality. A seasoned designer with a stunning portfolio, Dorig recently took home huge honors at the National Kitchen and Bath Association 2015 Design Contest including first place for green design. We recently caught up with her to talk about the differences in designing Wisconsin homes vs. California, her creative process, and the importance of green design.
The Dorig Designs kitchen in Fall Creek that won first place at the National Kitchen and Bath Association 2015 Design Contest.
What are the differences designing rooms and spaces for California homes vs. Wisconsin homes? Designing in California vs. Wisconsin is mainly different because of the climate. Outdoor kitchens are common in California, where you can enjoy them year round. I do more heated floors in Wisconsin because the winters are so long and cold. Sun rooms and screened porches are also more popular here.
What is your creative process like? Where do you draw inspiration? My approach is to make sure there is something beautiful to look at no matter where you sit or stand in a room. At the same time I’m looking at function. Is the kitchen counter a comfortable height for food prep? Is there enough bathroom lighting for my client to put on makeup? Inspiration can come from the architecture of the home and sometimes my client’s hobbies and collections. What do you think makes a kitchen or bathroom – or any room – pop? You can make a statement with an energetic paint color, a bold patterned rug, or a sculptural light fixture. The key is to focus on one or two elements that will have an impact and keep the rest of the finishes subdued. Too many elements calling for attention will make your head spin. What are some easy tips a regular person can consider to make their rooms look fresh? Painting walls and changing out cabinet hardware can make a dramatic difference. Flowers always liven up a room, and the farmers market will have some great deals. You recently won an award for green interior design, right? I’d love to know more about that project! We remodeled a farmhouse in Fall Creek and the kitchen won Best Green Design in this year’s NKBA (National
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Kitchen and Bath Association) Design Contest. I enjoyed incorporating materials the homeowner had salvaged. We built cabinetry out of shelving rescued from a warehouse; the wormy chestnut is an uncommon and beautifully rustic wood. We also took stained glass doors from Dell’s Architectural in Eau Claire and integrated them into the cabinetry. Some other cool features were a builtin compost bin at the island and penny round tile with recycled content. How much work goes into something like that? What steps do you take to make rooms green? Why is that important to you and your clients? It takes a little more time and creativity when incorporating salvaged items. With the stained glass I had to design cabinetry to fit and determine the best placement. I ended up using one pair to build a custom hutch and another smaller pair to flank the hood. It’s not hard at all to make a space green. Before remodeling we try to find homes for the old cabinetry to avoid the landfill. I like dealing with local manufacturers because it reduces transportation and pollution. And to help save energy I specify LED lighting and Energy Star-rated appliances. Construction can take up a lot of resources and anything to help minimize environmental impact and maximize efficiency is a good thing. To learn more about Dorig and her work, check out the Dorig Designs website at dorigdesigns.com.
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H OSTA L A VI STA , BABY
the Witt family nurtures elaborate gardens chock full of hostas SUBMITTED PHOTOS
BY K ATY M ACEK
fter moving to Eau Claire to continue their education, Richard and Karen Witt also wanted to continue another tradition of theirs: their big, beautiful gardens. However, they found the climate in Eau Claire to be completely different from their previous home just a few hours away in Madison, and the plants in their garden there didn’t grow quite so well in the new home. That didn’t stop them, though. The Witts spent a lot of time researching plants and flowers to grow in their new garden and still continue finding new ideas and plans to add. “We’ve made some mistakes, as any gardener would,” Richard Witt said. “But we’ve had lots of fun trying new and different things.” While their old garden bathed in sunshine, this one has what Witt calls “dappled shade,” meaning a whole new range of plants to choose from. And they’ve also found certain flowers that grow better in complete sunshine still
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grow into things of beauty in the shade. Witt said their garden has many unique and beautiful plants, but he is especially fond of hostas, and he and his wife attend national conventions to brush up on them. The variety of sizes they come in especially appeals to him because they make good landscaping decorations for any yard. “You become quickly aware of all of the incredible possibilities for hostas,” he said. “That collecting spirit rises up and you want the latest and greatest and that’s part of my fun. I usually have some of the newest hostas that come on the market.” Their rural Eau Claire home is now surrounded by an acre and a half of gardens and water features, including more than 1,000 different plants. Aside from hostas, Witt said they have a large variety of plants and flowers in their garden, especially ferns and perennials, but also slightly more exotic ones like lady slippers and trillium, just to name a few.
side and have plans Before the research to work in a parthey did in gardenticular area,” he said. ing, their interest in “And while you’re big gardens stemmed walking you see a from somewhere much plant that’s grown in closer to home. Both 1. Hostas are named the past couple days of their parents, who after noted Austrian and it’s so attractive Witt said “were big that you have to stop gardeners before it botanist Nicholas Host. and look at it.” was fashionable to do Both are retired so,” had huge gardens 2. Hostas are prone to faculty members from on display in their slugs! Have some salt UW-Eau Claire and respective communihandy (or a pet turtle – enjoy spending their ties. turtles love to eat slugs). time in the garden Flowers of every as well as sharing it kind could be found with everyone in the in their gardens, 3. Hostas are edible and community. and that passion for some varieties are popu“We like the plants beauty flowed right lar in Japanese cuisine. and we try to make it into both Karen and as neat as we possibly Richard. can in the hopes that The upkeep of such people who come to a beautiful garden is, do a walkabout will see some beautiful of course, somewhat time-consuming, things and enjoy what we see as a beaubut Richard Witt said that’s part of the tiful garden,” he said. fun of it. They are currently in the process of “There’s always a lot of work to do,” getting everything ready and plan to he said. “On the other hand, if you’re provide walkabouts of their garden to working in a paradise, I couldn’t think the public for no fee, as they have done of another hobby that allows you to get many years previously. outside and allows you to be surrounded This year, Witt said he hopes their by absolutely beautiful plants.” garden will be ready to open to the pubSomething he really enjoys is the lic the first weekend in June. laid-back nature of the work. While he Want to talk hostas or take a tour? knows there is lot of work to do, it is Contact the Witts at firstname.lastname@example.org or easy to get caught up in the beauty of it. call (715) 834-0447. “There are times where you walk out-
3 FUN FACTS ABOUT H OS TAS
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BU I LDI N G SO M ETH I N G N E W
if you’re looking to buy, remodel, or just ogle, the Parade of Homes has something to offer BY TOM GIFFEY
Heartland Contractors, Altoona
R. Tews Construction, Hallie Ridge Estates
hether you’re in the market for a new house, hope to remodel your existing one, or simply want to check out some of the area’s most beautiful new homes, mark your calendar for the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association’s 41st Annual Parade of Homesa. The weeklong event – June 13-20 – gives you inside access to 21 homes created by 15 regional builders. “The homes are a showcase of what the builders can do,” explains Christina Thrun, executive officer of the Eau Claire-based association. “It’s a great time to come out and look.” The homes’ price tags range from modest (between $100,000 and $200,000) to not-so-modest ($1 million plus), and the parade will include both homes custom-built for clients as well as homes built on speculation – some of them already sold, some of them still on the market. And while all of the homes are unoccupied (in fact, as of this writing most of them are still under construction), they’ll be artfully staged with the help of local decorators by the time you take the tour. “You’ll get an idea of what they’ll look like lived-in when you walk through,” Thrun says. While the parade is a draw for potential homebuyers, Thrun notes it
Peterson Custom Homes, Lake Wissota
is also useful for homeowners who are interested in remodeling their existing homes and want to check out concepts for kitchens or closets in person, then get in touch with the local builders who can help them. “I’m really excited to see some of the unique touches that the builders are going to put in,” Thrun says. The tour’s premiere home – which will be featured in the association’s
composed of stone and wood siding as well as cedar shakes, all in an array of earth tones. The interior features timber framing with a smooth finish, hardwood floors, and granite countertops. The spec home is worth $379,000, or $429,000 with the lot, landscaping, and driveway. Tews has another home in the 2015 parade as well: a 5,700-square-foot artisan style house in Chippewa Falls.
“The homes are a showcase of what builders can do. It’s a great time to come out and look.” - CH RI S TI N A TH RU N , C V H BA magazine and which will host a members-only opening event – is being built by R. Tews Construction in Hallie Ridge Estates, a new development just north of Eau Claire. Builder Randy Tews describes the 3,747-square-foot home as including elements of both the Mission and Prairie styles. “It’s a timeless style,” Tews says of the Mission Style. “It really lasts forever.” The premier home’s exterior is
This home has a low profile and long eaves, which offers shade when the sun is high in the summer sky and more daylight when the sun is low on the horizon during winter. Parade homes are scattered throughout the Chippewa Valley, including Eau Claire, Menomonie, Chippewa Falls, and Altoona, as well as surrounding areas. At Lake Wissota, for instance, you’ll be able to admire the vaulted
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ceilings and lakeside views in a million-dollar domicile built by Peterson Custom Homes. But don’t let that price keep you from checking out the tour. “there’s a lot of window shopping that goes on in the parade because people are looking for ways to remodel,” says Tews, noting his own business built five new homes last year but undertook more than 50 remodeling jobs. After taking a hit during the Great Recession, Tews says the home building business in the region is on the upswing. “I think right now the market is very healthy,” he says. “People are coming out and they want to build new. The market is coming back, and home values are coming up.” — Chippewa Valley Home Builder’s Association 41st Annual Parade of Homes • June 13-20 • 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday, 5-9pm Monday-Friday • various locations • $8 in advance or $10 at first house (children 12 and under free) • tickets will be available starting in late May at Menards, Gordy’s County Markets, or the association office, 4319 Jeffers Road • (715) 835-2526 • cvhomebuilders.com
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8 TI PS FOR I NJ U RY-FRE E GARDE N I N G having a green thumb shouldn’t give you a pain in the neck - or back BY ANTHONY MCMORRAN
H E R E A R E A F E W TI P S TO H E LP P R E V E N T YA R D WO R K I N J U R I E S TH I S S P R I N G 1 . WA R M U P A N D CO O L D OW N . Start the day with some easy, nonrepetitive work. Plan the order of tasks so that you don’t do unnecessary work. Make sure your muscles are warm by having a hot shower or doing some gentle stretching (or both!) before going outside. End your day the same way, paying more attention to gently stretching muscles that feel tied or are sore from the day. 2 . E N J OY T H E P R O C E S S . American playwright Thornton Wilder said, “Enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.” No one will care as much about your yard and garden as you do, so enjoy every moment in it. Don’t race through a task just to get it done – this is often when injuries occur. Take it easy, stop to watch the birds, chat with a neighbor, listen to the breeze. Enjoy how your body feels as you move and cultivate gratitude for being able to do what you are doing.
3 . B R E AT H E . Don’t add unnecessary muscle tension to your body by holding or clenching your breath. Your muscles need oxygen to do their job and they work more efficiently when you take full, unrestrained breaths. 4 . L I F T R I G H T. Back muscles are not designed as well as leg muscles are for lifting heavy weights. To lift any object: • Face it squarely and bend your knees while keeping your back relatively straight. • Grasp the object close to your body and straighten your legs as you exhale. • Do not twist your back or move your feet as you lift. • Don’t lift heavy objects when you are very tired or first thing in the morning.
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” - M A RG A RE T AT WOO D
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tay injury-free and gardening all season long! Do this by taking the passion you have for all things green and tempering it with respect and appreciation of the body. This is often a massage therapist’s busiest time of year as people get outside and attack their yards trying to achieve long pent-up plans that have been stewing during the grey and wet season. Aching or tweaked shoulders, sore lower backs, and stiff necks abound as underused muscles complain at the unreasonable demands suddenly placed upon them. Treat gardening and yard work as you would a sports event and build up slowly and consistently.
5 . M I X I T U P. While it can be tempting to finish a project in one session, it is often more productive to bite it off in smaller chunks. Most shoulder injuries are a result of repetitive injury: too much overhead work all at once, for example. Give each muscle group a rest as it gets tired and you will find you are able to accomplish more in the end.
6 . U S E T H E CO R R E C T T O O L . Just as you wouldn’t try to write a novel on your smartphone, don’t prune your 50-foot hedge with hand clippers. If the job is something you are likely to do only once, borrow or rent the tool. If it is something that you do every year or two, buy the tool, and buy the best quality tool you can afford.
7. AS K F O R H E L P. This may be the hardest one of all. We all know the saying “many hands make light work,” and while you may not have an army of friends wanting to help with your project, it is a lot more fun to tackle a job with a few extra hands. I have often found that in an attempt to be “independent” I was robbing myself of the chance to build friendships and community. After all, it’s much more fun to sit back with that beer or lemonade with a friend and admire the work you’ve done than to do so by yourself. 8 . M A I N TA I N . Just like you need to keep your tools sharp, oiled, and in good working condition to get the job done well and with the least effort, make your own body at least as important by investing in your health. Do some light cardio exercise three or more times a week, stretch regularly or go to a yoga class, and get some good manual therapy to keep your body strong, balanced and flexible this year, and for every year to come. — Anthony McMorran is a massage therapist and yoga practitioner with more than 25 years experience helping people with manual therapy. He is a new resident of Eau Claire and practices at Eau Claire Myofascial Release with his wife, Katie McMorran PT. He can be reached at email@example.com, (715) 548.1561 or www.ecmfr.com.
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H O M E & G ARDE N LI STI N GS community gardens Chippewa County Community Gardens 715-726-7950, ext. 5 • fyi.uwex.edu Presented by Chippewa Falls Parks, Recreation, and Forestry and University of Wisconsin – Extension Chippewa County. Bloomer, Chippewa Falls, and New Auburn each provide unique gardening experiences for the garden enthusiast. See contact info for details. Eau Claire: Demmler Community Garden laurajlash@
gmail.com • thirdward.org A communal garden is also available to those who wish to garden but will not be renting a plot.
Eau Claire: Forest Street Community Garden (715) 495-2451 • firstname.lastname@example.org • eauclairecommunitygardens.com Featuring shared and individual garden plot options. Sixty gardeners garden together and put in volunteer hours in the shared plot. There are 50 rental plots in the individual garden. Shared garden: $20 for individuals or $30 for a family. Individual garden plots: $35 single plots, $60 double plots. Extra produce is regularly donated to the Community Table. Eau Claire: Jeffers Road Community Garden elas-
email@example.com • eauclaire.uwex.edu The Eau Claire County extension office offers garden plots for rent plus a small 8’x12’ greenhouse for seedlings in the spring and to extend the growing season with cold crops in the fall. Garden plots measure 20’x45’ and will cost $35 per plot. Greenhouse space available for up to 20 individuals. Visit online for the full details.
Eau Claire Kids Gardens: North Riverfronts Neighborhood Park & McDonough Park (715) 839-4712 • eau-
clairecommunitygardens.com The County Extension office sponsors a free kids’ garden for all school-aged children during the summer months. Community Youth Gardens are located at McDonough Park and North River Front Park. This program has many partners such as the SNAP Educators (formerly known as Wisconsin Nutrition Educators), Master Gardener Volunteers, local greenhouses, and local youth organizations.
bles, and hanging baskets, all grown locally with nursery quality so you know they will survive and prosper in your lawn and garden. While you’re there, you can pick up garden maintenance supplies, lawn decor, and more.
Bobolink Nursery LLC N6548 429th St., Menomonie • (715) 231-3901 • bobolinknursery.com Bobolink’s barnstyle garden center and three large growing ranges are packed with perennials, vegetables, annuals, shrubs, and trees. Owners Dan and Amy Dopkins have been in the plant growing business for essentially their entire lives and are very happy to pass their vast stores of knowledge on to you. They also offer services such as landscaping design and installation. Chippewa Hardware & Garden Center 17168 County Hwy J, Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-2515 • From wheelbarrows to lawn decor, they offer most every tool you’ll need to tend your garden. Chippewa Valley Growers 7825 Prill Road, Eau Claire
• (715) 839-8448 • chippewavalleygrowers.com Carries a wide variety of stock, specializing in bedding plants, flowers, and vegetables. Work with gardeners to create custom baskets and containers and check out growing ideas and tips in their spring newsletter.
Christensen Florist & Greenhouses 1210 Mansfield
St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-2251 • firstname.lastname@example.org • christensenflorist.com Over eighty years of experience in the art of flowers. You know when you choose Christensen Florist you are getting the highest quality. They have given local brides the most extraordinary wedding flowers for both intimate and extravagant venues. They will help you create the perfect floral design to truly fit your wedding style, and budget.
Circle M Nursery 3942 103rd St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-4247 • circlemnursery.com Circle M has served as a complete garden center for the Chippewa Valley for over 35 years, providing trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, black dirt, mulches, and flexible landscaping services.
Dave Bresina’s Nursery 9885 Hwy Q, Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-3080 • facebook.com Bresina’s nursery is stocked full of the rocks, dirts, plants, and trees you need to turn your landscape into something worth looking at.
Eau Claire: Lakeshore Park Community Garden 715-
Down To Earth Garden Center 6025 Arndt Ln., Eau
Eau Claire: Phoenix Park Community Gardens • 715-
Evergreen Landscaping & Design Bauer Auction Service Chippewa Valley Located in Durand (call for as-
833-0550 • email@example.com • eauclairecommunitygardens.com Located near the pavilion, 14-16 15’x15’ plots are available and cost $25 (reduced rates available for low-income individuals and families). Water hookup and hoses available. Lakeshore Park Garden is operated by the Historic Randall Park Neighborhood Association. Plot renters are encouraged to donate some of their produce to the Community Table. 495-2451 • firstname.lastname@example.org Get involved with the Phoenix Park community garden on Forest St. by networking with Andrew Werthmann.
Eau Claire: South Side Community Garden On Hes-
ter Street south of South Middle School, Eau Claire • email@example.com • eauclairecommunitygardens.com This garden features at least 24 plots. Plots are 10’x20’ for $25 or 20’x20’ $35. Water on-site with hoses to share. Garden will be enclosed with a nine foot deer fence.
Menomonie Community Garden 2500 9th Street East,
Menomonie • (715) 232-1328 • MenomonieCommunityGardens.com Each plot measures 20 x 25 feet. Half plots are $15, one plot is $25, two is $50, three is $75, four is $100. Raised beds also available.
garden centers Aquarian Gardens N2548 440th St., Menomonie •
(715) 664-8808 • firstname.lastname@example.org • aquarian-gardens.com Experienced gardeners work with you through the entire process of creating a beautiful garden, from the initial consultation to the maintenance visits after the garden is complete. They also have a shop where you can buy various plants (either by chance or appointment).
Blaine’s Farm and Fleet 2583 S Prairie View Rd., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-1806 • farmandfleet.com A hardy selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegeta-
Claire • 715-833-1234 // 22223 Cty. Hwy. O, Cadott • 715-289-4567 • (715) 833-1234, (715) 289-4567 • email@example.com • dwntoearth.com The Down to Earth Garden Center is a relaxing and spacious environment in which potential planters can find greeneries of every kind. Take advantage of their landscaping and lawncare services. sistance or to arrange an appointment) • 715-672-8831 • firstname.lastname@example.org • cvevergreen.com A complete landscape service company locally owned and operated for over 25 years offering quality and reliable landscape and design service and guarantee customer satisfaction.
Fryszki’s Country Gardens N1956 State Road 85, Eau
Claire • (715) 835-8743 • email@example.com • fryszkis. com Fryszki’s Country Gardens offers a wide variety of unique and colorful annuals, perennials, grasses, herbs and vegetables.
Gehrke Floral & Greenhouses 515 E. Main St., Mon-
dovi • 715-926-4931 • firstname.lastname@example.org • gehrkefloral.com Choosing only the freshest, highest quality flowers, this shop has the professional and caring staff for your floral needs. Gehrke Floral has the flowers, plants, and gifts to help you express yourself perfectly.
Gordy’s County Market Garden Center 2717 Birch St. Eau Claire • (715) 738-7885 • gordyscountymarket. net Provides trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, garden decor, mulches, fertilizers, landscaping accessories. In addition, Gordy’s offers rentals of larger gardening and landscaping tools for those projects you can’t tackle yourself. Garden Center available in the downtown Chippewa Falls location as well. Green Oasis Garden Center 1403 122nd St., Lake Hallie • (715) 832-0800 ext. 100 • GreenOasisGardens. com This garden center offers lawn art and accessories, plus various trees, ornamental grasses, perennials, mulch, dirt, compost, and patio block. They also offer a variety of classes throughout the gardening season to
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help you make your garden extra special.
Green Thumb Landscaping and Excavating 6700 Hwy
12 E., Eau Claire • (715) 832-4553 • greenthumblandscapingwi.com Green Thumb Landscaping and Excavating provides garden care and maintenance. They offer a unique blend of perennials, shrubs, native trees, annuals, bark, mulch, and rock. They also sell lime, dirt, fertilizer, pesticides and more.
Greener Grass Systems 3261 S Joles Pkwy, Lake Hallie • (715) 723-0800 • greenergrasssystems.com In addition to their extensive landscaping services, Greener Grass Systems provides a selection of large trees, ornamental grasses, perennials, colored mulch, black dirt, and compost for your lawn and garden needs.
Grinde’s Garden Center 2903 Preston Rd., Eau Claire
• (715) 833-2292 • grindesgardencenter.com Family owned for 28 years, Grinde’s greenhouses offer a full line of self-produced vegetables, plants, flowers, seeds. They specialize in hanging baskets and bedding plants.
Grow Box USA (715) 514-3399 • info@growboxusa.
com • growboxusa.com Founded in 2009, Grow Box USA provides grow cabinets at a fair price for the best growing experience possible.
Halfen Garden Center and Hosta Heaven 19130 72nd
Ave, Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-3414 • email@example.com • halfengardencenter.com Halfen Garden Center is a family run business that offers a wide array of hostas, vines, annuals, vegetables, fruits, trees, and shrubs. They offer garden layouts to help you know the best place to plant around your home.
Klinger Farm Market 12756 132nd St, Chippewa Falls • (715) 288-6348 • firstname.lastname@example.org • klingerfarmmarket.biz In addition to 18 greenhouses full of flowers, vegetable plants, herbs, shrubs, trees, hanging baskets, water plants, and house plants, Klinger offers a swath of freshly grown produce, home and garden ornaments, bird baths, jams, honeys, and organic gardening products. They are open year round. Lowes Creek Tree Farm S9475 Lowes Creek Rd., Eleva • (888) 878-4166 • email@example.com • lowescreektreefarm.com Lowes Creek Tree Farm’s retail nursery market includes a full line of potted shade trees (over 50 varieties), flowering trees, fruit trees, shubs, and perennials, plus landscape consulatation, design services, and delivery and planting services. May’s Floral Garden 3424 Jeffers Rd., Eau Claire • (715) 836-8220 • maysfloralgarden.com Primarily a florist, May’s designs and sells products for both indoor and outdoor living. They have 11 greenhouses that are
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H O M E & G ARDE N LI STI N GS in production where they grow annuals, perennials, and indoor green plants. They also carry various gardening supplies.
Menards 3619 South Hastings Way, Eau Claire • (715) 832-3344 // 5210 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 830-0011 • menards.com Menards offers a full-blown garden center and every tool you could ever think of to tend your garden, making it a convenient one-stop shop for your gardening needs. Out to Laurie’s Greenhouse & Crafts South of Eau
Claire via Hwy 53 or Hwy 93 (visit online for directions) • firstname.lastname@example.org • outtolauries.com specializing in top-quality annual flowers, planters, hanging baskets, combination pots, and special made-to-order items per request. Enjoy the friendly and helpful atmosphere of this three-generation, family owned greenhouse. Only open Saturdays in the Spring. See contact info for details.
Paint Creek Nursery & Tree Farm 3215 North 140th
Ave., Cadott • (715) 723-2072 • email@example.com • paintcreeknursery.com Paint Creek Nursey’s goal is to grow shrubs and trees that benefit people and the environment. They have a variety of native tree species, including conifers, hardwoods, and shrubs, that can be purchased either as seedlings or transplants. Note that Paint Creek Nursery is not a retail operation; visits to the nursery should be arranged in advance.
Petit Jardin 13811 7th St., Osseo • (715) 597-2525 • On
the bank of Lake Martha, Petit Jardin has a large selection of native perennials, specialty annuals, herbs, trees, and shrubs, with an emphasis on organic and sustainable gardening.
Plant Marketing LLC 819 W. Shorewood Dr., Eau Claire
• (800) 752-6879 • plantorders.com A grower and marketing agent of live plants, specializing in the distribution of foliage, bedding, perennials, cacti, blooming, and holiday/seasonal plants.
Reit’s Garden Center 310 Urquhart Rd., Stanley • 715-
861-6595 • reitsgardencenter.com Open year round featuring annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, house plants, statuaries, bulk mulch, and a full line of Bonid products.
River Country Co-Op 1080 W. River St., Chippewa Falls • (888) 314-1088 • A lawn and garden co-op offering lawn and garden fertilizer, soil testing, seeds, lime, and much more. Sears Hometown Store 2521 A Hills Ct., Menomonie •
(715) 232-8086 • searshometownstores.com Sears sells the supplies every home gardener needs to keep their plants in top shape.
Season’s Harvest Greenhouse E5345 County Rd D,
Menomonie • (715) 231-4769 • seasonsharvest@dishup. us • seasons-harvest.com Season’s Harvest has an impressive 6 greenhouses full of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, vegetables, and herbs. Also, the potting shed station located outside the greenhouses allows you to mix, match, and plant your flowers right after or while you’re browsing.
Shopko 955 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • (715) 832-
9777, (715) 726-1251 • shopko.com Between their outdoor garden center and the tools and supplies they sell in-store, Shopko offers everything you need to get your garden started right.
The Potting Shed 1717 Devney Dr., Altoona • (715)
831-4000 • firstname.lastname@example.org • thepottingshed1.com The Potting Shed carries a plethora of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees; as well as anything you could possibly need to plant a garden including fertilizers, gloves, and the largest organics section around.
Wal-Mart 3915 Gateway Dr., Eau Claire // 2786 Com-
mercial Blvd., Chippewa Falls // 180 Cedar Falls Rd., Menomonie • walmart.com Wal-Mart has the plants, flowers, and supplies you need at the price you can afford. Locations in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, and Menomonie.
interior design & furnishings A Squared Design LLC 711 W Central St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-1572 See contact info for details.
Ashley Furniture 4068 Commonwealth Ave, Eau Claire
• (715) 830-1940 • ashleyfurniture.com Ashley Furniture is a national chain that provides you with everything you will need when furnishing just about any room in your home.
Autumn Hill Home Boutique 305 S Barstow St, Eau Claire • (715) 831-0500 • autumnhillhome.com A retail furniture, home decor, and gift boutique specializing in cottage style furniture, bedding, lighting, and children’s furniture. Bed, Bath & Drapery Shop 3475 E Hamilton Ave,
Eau Claire • (715) 839-9000 • bedbathanddrapery. com Knowledgeable employees work to help you with your decorating needs. They provide decorating services that include free home or business consultation.
Bush Budget Furniture 2402 London Rd, Eau Claire •
(715) 835-8426 A privately owned furniture store, sells numerous brand-name furnishings as well as bedding.
C design Interiors & Textiles 800 Wisconsin St, Bldg F13, Suite 215, Eau Claire • (715) 514-4665 This local business makes custom-designed window treatments and slipcovers, plus their stock includes rugs, decor, and furniture. Cabin Chic 13811 7th St, Osseo • (715) 597-2525 •
email@example.com • cabin-chic.com With the tagline “in the woods ... on the water ... at the ranch,” Cabin Chic has a diverse selection of home decor and furnishings, many of them made by local artisans.
Carpe-Diem 129 Main St. E, Menomonie • (715) 2314030 • This quaint store has home decor and gifts.
Cedar Corporation 604 Wilson Ave., Menomonie • (715)
235-9081 • cedarcorp.com Provides engineering and architecture, as well as some interior design.
Celebrating Home celebratinghome.com/PWPHome.
ashx Let your love of decorating and entertaining be its own reward. Celebrating Home is a network of independent, professional Designers who share a desire to create beautiful homes and bring family and friends together for food, fun and fellowship. They offer a wide range of unique products, designs and ideas that can transform any house into a home of personal style. Find a Designer in your area.
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Charlson’s Interior Design 97 W Madison St, Eau Claire • (715) 835-5144 Specializes in custom woodworking, namely cabinets. Chippewa Valley Furniture Direct 715-598-4353 • furnitureeauclaire.com Brand new, overstock, clearance, and liquidation furniture and mattresses from major bedding and home furnishing manufacturers. CITYLIVING DESIGN Studio 320 Graham Ave #101, Eau Claire • (715) 864-1248 • ceceliacronk.com With a portfolio that includes Metropolis Hotel and the model Phoenix Park apartments, interior designer Ceclia Cronk offers high fashion modern design for your home or business. Classics Furniture & Lighting Design Studio 2510 S
Hastings Way, Eau Claire • (715) 835-4500 • classicsfurniturestudio.com A local furnishings business with a staff of designers available to makeover rooms in homes or businesses.
Clearwater Cabinetry & Design 4163 124th St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 738-1801 • clearwater-design. com/5594.html These masters of interior design make custom made cabinets, countertops, furniture, built-ins, residential and commerical homes. Dell’s Architectural Antiques 121 Maple St., Eau Claire
• (715) 834-8872 • dellsarchitecturalantiques.com Specializing in antique collecting, salvage construction, and log homes.
Department of Interiors 401 Pinnacle Way, Suite 108, Eau Claire • (715) 836-7797 • info@deptofinteriors. com • deptofinteriors.com Handles customized interior design for all needs, from an intimate living room to a majestic hotel ballroom, and specializes in feng shui design techniques for wellness. Department of Interiors 401 Pinnacle Way, Eau Claire • 715-836-7797 • firstname.lastname@example.org • deptofinteriors.com An interior design firm where design is just the beginning, Department of Interiors will help you reach your personal and business goals through custom interior designs. Design 101 (715) 563-6788 • email@example.com •
ezdesign101.com With a degree in interior design and more than 25 years of experience in studios, lumber yards, furniture stores, and decorating in homes, Debbie VanWyke works with you step-by-step in re-creating the interior of your home.
Dorig Designs LLC 930 W. MacArthur Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 514-4279 • firstname.lastname@example.org • DorigDesigns.com Adrienne Dorig Leland is an interior designer specializing in kitchens and bathrooms, both modern and traditional. She also does custom cabinetry. Duncan Creek Woodworks 4 Pond St, Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-1400 • email@example.com • duncancreekwood.com Makes custom designed and special order wood furniture. Eau Claire Design Company 715-456-6791 • chad@
designeauclaire.com • designeauclaire.com The Eau Claire Design Company is developed by husband and wife duo Chad and Keri White. Together they utilize their talents to bring beauty to their community. Though a focus is given to architectural design, The Eau Claire Design Company offers a variety of creative services to bring your dreams to life.
Economy Furniture 16051 Hwy J, Chippewa Falls •
(715) 723-1444 • economyfurniture.us A local business carrying loads of furniture made by national companies.
Encore Consignment Clothing Store 2420 London Rd., Eau Claire • 715-833-2333 • encoreclothing@sbcglob-
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the kids at Lily Pad Lab have a small plot in the Southside Community garden BY ERIC RASMUSSEN
pparently 14 hours of television a day no longer makes for a constructive summer, so community kids and parents are thankful that the Lily Pad Lab has teamed up with the Southside Community Gardens to host several classes. Vanessa Moessner, owner of the Lily Pad Lab, explains that the opportunity arose because of the Lab’s connection with Mayo Clinic Health System, a supporter of both Lily Pad events and the UW-Extension-founded gardens in Fairfax Park. “We are always looking for new and creative ways to work together to promote healthy eating and living to young families,” she said. Three different classes will cover the growing season. First is the Tiny Scientists Plant Lab, where 2-6 year olds will start seedlings and learn about soil and compost. Then the K-4th graders take over in mid-June to handle the manual
labor, like weeding and watering, while learning about construction, tracking plant growth, and testing other garden variables. Harvest season will welcome kids of all ages and their families to finish the cultivating and help with the harvesting. Regardless of when young gardeners join the effort, Moessner has prepared an experience that will make it easy to abandon the TV, get outside, and take ownership of their own healthy eating. “The secret is to let them help and feel important in caring for the plants and to let go of the neatness and orderliness,” she said. “The veggies still taste great even if they are not planted in neat rows!”
H O M E & G ARDE N LI STI N GS al.net Encore also consigns furniture.
Erin Designs, LLC See contact info for location de-
tails • 715-456-1850 • firstname.lastname@example.org • ErinDesigns.com Sustainable, eco-friendly interior design consulting. Erin is committed to understanding the environmental impact of all her design projects. By incorporating “Green Building” practices, she helps clients create healthy places to live and work.
FUNCSHUN id 10446 162nd St., Chippewa Falls
• (715) 226-0666 • email@example.com • funcshunid.com This Chippewa Falls business handles all your interior design needs and is run by Laura Gamble, a designer with experience from New York to Seattle and with clients like Kodak, Microsoft, and Seattle International Airport.
Furnish 123 235 E Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire; 102
N Broadway St, Menomonie • EC: (715) 514-5123; Meno: 715-233-3123 • eauclairefurnish123.com Locally owned and operated, Furnish 123’s owner searches for best buys and values in the furniture market.
Furniture Loft Outlet 1849 Hwy OO, Chippewa Falls • (715) 832-2539 • furnitureloftoutletstore.com This outlet has just about every kind of furniture you could want for your home, from your living room to your dining room and bedroom.
Furniture to Go 312 E Madison St., Eau Claire • (715)
552-3297 • A used furniture store with low prices.
Visit www.lilypadlab.com for more information on Tiny Scientists – Plant Lab, STEM Garden Club, and Kids in the Garden classes.
Gently Kissed Treasures 11 E. Central St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 738-1230 • firstname.lastname@example.org • gentlykissedtreasures.com A furniture and home decor consignment shop.
Gerhards First Supply 596 Cameron St., Eau Claire •
(715) 832-6638 • 1supply.com/Info/Default.aspx This
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wholesale showroom of building supplies includes, among other things, kitchen and bathroom cabinetry and flooring.
Get it Now 3015 E. Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire • 715835-0708 • Top brands for your home. Happy Sleeper & Furniture 2600 London Rd., Eau
Claire • (715) 832-0331 • happysleeperfurniture. com See contact info for details.
Hirshfields Paint & Decorating 1701 South Hastings Way, Eau Claire • (715) 835-9914 • hirshfields. com Hirshfield’s is a century-old decorating business with an unrivaled selection of paints, wallcoverings, fabrics, and window fashions. HOM Furniture 2921 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • (715)
552-2555 • homfurniture.com A national chain furnishings store that sells everything you would need for your home, from matresses, to flooring, to outdoor accessories.
Hong Furniture 606 W. 10th St., Osseo • 715-5972613 • See contact info for details.
House Blend Lighting & Design 215 N Bridge St,
Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-3080 • email@example.com • houseblendstudio.com This firm not only specializes in lighting, but also does residential design to any personal style and commercial designs that include Bridge Street Station and Dessert First/ Benny HaHa.
Howard’s Home Furnishings 13812 7th St., Osseo • 715-598-3185 • shophowards.com Selling a variety of quality furniture, mattresses, & home decor at everyday low prices. They give customers a very relaxed shopping experience by offering a very welcoming experience.
Interior Arts 308 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire • (715) 8348424 • firstname.lastname@example.org • interiorarts.com Seasoned decorator Susan Jakober handles every stage of home and business interior design imaginable.
Siker’s Furniture & Carpeting 124 Graham Ave, Eau
Korgers Furniture & Decorating • (715) 723-8852,
Claire • (715) 834-7272 • slumberland.com mattresses
(715) 235-3917 • korgersdecorating.com A locally owned store with an extensive selection of paints/stains, furnishings, and some decor. They do in-home repairs, floor coverings, and paint consultations. Locations in Eau Claire and Menomonie.
Lebakkens 2501 E. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 833-1316 • lebakkensrto.com This rent-to-own chain store (headquartered in Eau Claire) includes all kinds of home niceties, including furnishings.
Lydia’s 1053 North Hastings Way, Eau Claire • (715) 552-0400 • lydiasgallery.com This store specializes in lighting and furnishings, with professional interior designers willing to help you design the interior of your home from the furniture to the wall hangings. New To You Furniture & Appliances 1643 Harding
Ave., Eau Claire • 715-855-7762 • See contact info for details.
One of A Kind Interior Design 217 N. Bridge St, Chip-
pewa Falls • (715) 726-2000 • oneofakindinteriordesign.com Specializing in kitchen remodels, they also will help you with flooring, space planning, countertops, and a variety of other interior design needs. Their goal is to keep the customer in mind from the very beginning.
Pier 1 Imports 4008 Commonwealth Ave., Eau Claire
• (715) 834-8002 • pier1.com A national chain of home décor and knick-knacks.
RainMaster Lawn Systems 3445 London Rd., Eau
Claire • (715) 839-8484 • rainmaster@rainmasterlawn. com • rainmasterlawn.com RainMaster Lawn Systems of Eau Claire designs, installs and services in-ground sprinkler systems for homes and businesses.
Red Barn Kitchen & Bath E6355 290th Ave, Menomonie • (715) 664-8145 • Design services for kitchens and bathrooms, as well as quality cabinetry, countertops, plumbing fixtures, and sinks.
Claire • (715) 834-5026 • Features sofas, tables, chairs, and everything in between, as well as carpeting.
Slumberland Furniture 3227 E Hamilton Ave., Eau Southern Oak Window Fashions 4575 Old Town Hall
Road, Eau Claire • (715) 835-8557 • southernoakwindowfashions.hdspd.com Select the most fitting and beautiful window coverings from a wide variety of fabrics, colors, textures and styles.
Spectrum Factory Outlet 925 First Ave, Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-6750 • email@example.com • spectrumfurniture.com A furniture manufacturer outlet store with mostly furnishings for offices. TK Interior Design 5615 168th St, Chippewa Falls • (715) 309-9668 • firstname.lastname@example.org • tkinteriordesign.com An interior design company dealing in both residential and commercial design. They handle everything from a full remodel to choosing paints, furniture, and cabinetry.
Toni’s Interiors 217 W. Main St., Durand • (715)
672-4244 • email@example.com • tonisinteriordecorating.com Toni’s Interiors features three in-house decorators happy to help you transform your house into your dream home with three floors of furniture available for immediate delivery. If something more unique is called for, they may assist you in selecting something that fits both your home and your pocketbook.
Tropical Interiors: Plant Care & Holiday Design (715) 933-0735 • firstname.lastname@example.org • tropinteriors. com They will provide your business or home with beautiful interior plants and the proper care they need. Wall to Wall Carpet One 3104 E. Hamilton Ave, Eau Claire • (715) 598-4485 • walltowallcarpetoneeauclaire.com They will take care of all your flooring needs. They have a variety of carpet, vinyl, tile, hardwood, and laminate to choose from.
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