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Welcome to Creative Economy Week in Eau Claire!

During Creative Economy Week we’ll shine a spotlight on the strong and growing arts and culture economy in Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. We want to recognize the efforts and importance of the creative class workers that add to the quality of life we enjoy in Eau Claire.

The creative economy is a powerful engine of growth and community vitality. Together, artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses produce and distribute cultural goods and services that generate jobs, revenue, and quality of life. A thriving cultural sector leads to thriving communities. The arts and culture sector in the U.S. is a $699 billion industry, providing 4.3 percent of the nation’s GDP. This impact drives economic development on the national, state, regional, and local level.

Wednesday, May 17 • 8:30am - 9:30am
How to Become a Full-Time Maker

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A panel of local makers  will talk shop on pricing, sourcing materials, costs involved in start-up, getting into retail spaces, marketing your product online, and more. Hear from two local buyers who will share what they look for when bringing new brands in store.

Enjoy coffee, donuts and an opportunity to get your questions answered. 

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Becca Cooke

Owner + Buyer, Red's Mercantile
A modern home goods + accessories store that sources goods from Midwest and American makers. Our design eye is derived from our Scandinavian heritage – simple, timeless and functional.

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Nick Endle

Owner, Nick's Wood Shop
My name is Nick Endle, and I started Nick's Wood Shop in 2014. My grandfather and father have been woodworking since before I was born. Growing up, woodworking was something that seemed a little foreign to me - while I respected what they were doing and admired their craftsmanship... Read More →
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Sarah Hrudka

Creative Director, Linyage
linyage is a design house focused on creating one-of-a-kind, vintage inspired bridal dresses, lingerie, lace toppers and beyond.  linyage dresses are borne out of a love for hand-crafted work, an appreciation for charming details, and a fondness for the character inherent to vintage... Read More →
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Jamie Kyser

Co-Owner, Tangled Up In Hue
Jamie Kyser is co-owner of Tangled Up In Hue and Blue Boxer Arts.  Jamie has always been a creative individual and as an only child, she thrived in her independence as she grew into adulthood.  At the age of 22, Jamie opened her own bead business in the Eau Claire mall.  There... Read More →
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Lindsey Quinnies

Manager + Buyer, The Local Store
Originally opened by Volume One in November of 2010, as of the summer of 2012 The Local Store was relocated and now occupies the first floor of Volume One’s World Headquarters at 205 N. Dewey Street in downtown Eau Claire, WI. It’s a full-on retail store featuring apparel, books... Read More →
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Sarah Willger

Owner, Token Jewelry
What started as a hobby in 2006, quickly became a creative passion. I spent the next 9 years making jewelry as a fun side job in addition to my Creative Director role with two national publication. In 2015, I left my profession to pursue my dream of creating beautiful jewelry for... Read More →

Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
Red's Mercantile 224 N Dewey St, Eau Claire, WI

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