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Posted: February 8, 2021 Best of Downtown Eau Claire 2021

Our friends at Volume One just released the “Best of the Chippewa Valley” results and we’re bursting with pride that over 40 of our members were featured in a number of categories! Plus, our beautiful downtown was celebrated in several other categories that reminded us just how special Downtown Eau Claire is. 

This year some unique categories were included that reflected the impactful times our community and country went through. And we’re even more impressed that many of our DECI members were winners of these categories which demonstrated how they continue to rise to every occasion with their passion, ingenuity, and care.

So as you look through this list, we hope you are reenergized to do everything you can to support the hardworking people who make our downtown a place you need to experience and always look for ways that we can continue to pull together to build an even stronger future.

Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI) Members

200 Main Art & Wine

2nd Place - Best Art Gallery

Acoustic Cafe - Eau Claire

3rd Place - Best Quick Lunch
3rd Place - Best Restaurant for Subs & Sandwiches

Ambient Inks

3rd Place - Best Design/Branding Service

Antique Emporium

1st Place - Best Antique/Old Stuff Shop

Blue Ox Running

1st Place - Best Place to Buy Shoes
2nd Place - Best Outdoor Outfitter
3rd Place - Best Customer Service

Brent Douglas Flowers

1st Place - Best Florist

Brooks Home Renovations

1st Place - Best Carpentry or Remodeling (non-homebuilder)

Charter Bank

3rd Place - Best Bank/Credit Union

Children's Museum of Eau Claire

2nd Place - Best Place to Take Your Kids
2nd Place - Business You Miss the Most (Temporarily Closed)
3rd Place - Best Family Entertainment Business
3rd Place - Best Museum/Historic Site

Chippewa Valley Museum

1st Place - Best Museum/Historic Site

Deborah Becker - State Farm

1st Place - Best Local Insurance Office


1st Place - Best Food Truck

Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

1st Place - Best Networking Group or Event (Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley)

Eau Claire Children’s Theatre

Category Sweep - Best Local Musical
Category Sweep - Best Local Play (non-musical)


3rd Place - Best Baristas

Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub

2nd Place - Best Restaurant for Steak
3rd Place - Best Restaurant for Upscale Dining
3rd Place - Best Restaurant in Eau Claire


1st Place - Best Employer

JB Systems

2nd Place - Best Design/Branding Service

Just Local Food Cooperative

1st Place - Best Business for Eco-Friendly Products & Services
2nd Place - Best Health Food or Supplements

Latitude 44 Yoga Studio

1st Place - Best Yoga Studio
3rd Place - Best COVID-Drive eCommerce Launch

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

1st Place - Special Contact-Free Pickup & In-Person Library Appointments
3rd Place - Most Underrated Thing in or About the Valley
3rd Place - Best Pandemic Pivot
3rd Place - COVID MVP (Organization)

Live Great Food Truck

3rd Place - Best Food Truck

Mayo Clinic Health System

1st Place - Best Hospital/Clinic
1st Place - Best Birthing Center
2nd Place - COVID MVP (Organization)
2nd Place - Best Source for COVID Information & Updates
3rd Place - Best Cosmetic Surgery Clinic

Pablo Center at the Confluence

1st Place - Business You Miss the Most (Temporarily Closed)
2nd Place - Best Place for Live Music
3rd Place - Best Art Gallery

Raggedy Man (& Kaya!)

1st Place - Best Shop Pet
2nd Place - Best Shop for Gifts

Royal Credit Union

1st Place - Best Bank/Credit Union
2nd Place - Best Employer
2nd Place - Best Local Business Advocate (Brandon Riechers)
2nd Place - Best Financial Planning Service
2nd Place - Best Virtual Event
3rd Place - Best Social Media Presence/Business or Organization

Sculpture Tour

1st Place - Best Public Art Installation
3rd Place - Best Free Entertainment Option
3rd Place - Best Tour/Tourist Attraction

Seven Suns Vintage

3rd Place - Best Antique/Old Stuff Shop

SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar

1st Place - Best Baristas
1st Place - Best Cafe/Coffeehouse
1st Place - Best Local Bike Shop
2nd Place - Best Outdoor Outfitter

Tangled Up in Hue & Blue Boxer Arts

1st Place - Best COVID-Drive eCommerce Launch
2nd Place - Best Fiber Arts/Quilt Shop
3rd Place - Best Shop for Gifts

Thai Orchid Restaurant

2nd Place - Best Pad Thai
3rd Place - Best Egg Rolls 
3rd Place - Best Pho

The Calico Shoppe

3rd Place - Best Fiber Arts/Quilt Shop

The Dive

1st Place - Best Place for Cocktails
1st Place - Best Whiskey Selection
3rd Place - Best Bar for Talkin’
3rd Place - Best Craft Cocktail (Old Fashioned)

The Fire House

1st Place - Best Beer Selection
3rd Place - Best Bar for Drinkin’

The Lismore

1st Place - Best Hotel
1st Place - Best New Mural (Black Lives Matter by Brittany Tainter)

The Local Store & Volume One

1st Place - Best Shop for Gifts
1st Place - Best Virtual Event (Chalkfest)
1st Place - Canceled Event You Miss the Most (Sounds Like Summer Concert Series)
2nd Place - Best Social Media Presence/Business or Organization
3rd Place - Best Local Business Advocate (Nick Meyer)
3rd Place - Best Place for Customized Gifts & Items
3rd Place - Best Video Production Services
3rd Place - Best Bookstore
3rd Place - Best Curbside Retail Service
3rd Place - Canceled Event You Miss the Most (Food Truck Fridays)
3rd Place - Best Local News Writer (Tom Giffey)

The Metro

3rd Place - Best New Mural (“Love is The Key” by Rehannah Petska)

The Nucleus Café

1st Place - Best Breakfast Spot
1st Place - Best Brunch Spot

The Informalist

1st Place - Best Restaurant for Vegetarian Dining
2nd Place - Best Server (Matt)
2nd Place - Best Vegan Menu
3rd Place - Best Brunch Spot

Token Jewelry

3rd Place - Best Place for Jewelry

Wonders of Nature

2nd Place - Best CBD Retailer

>> View other downtown businesses that were recognized

More Winning Downtown Features

Best Run/Walk

All go through Downtown Eau Claire. Consider signing up this year to enjoy the views and beautiful trail systems in Downtown Eau Claire along the way.
Eau Claire Marathon
Royal Credit Union Rock the Riverfront
Festival Food Turkey Trot

Best Trail For Biking

Chippewa River State Trail

Carson Park

Historic Carson Park is now part of our new downtown Eau Claire boundaries.
Best Public Park

Phoenix Park

Best All-Ages Hangout
Best Free Entertainment Option - Volume One’s Sounds Like Summer Concert Series in Phoenix Park
Best Thing - Lights on the Phoenix Park Bridge
Best People Watching - Downtown Farmers Market at Phoenix Park & Phoenix Park
Best Place to Impress Out-of-town Guests - Downtown Farmers Market 
Best Place to Take Your Pet
Best Public Park

Best Holiday Season Event

Wintertime in the City
We’re honored to receive this recognition. This year we transitioned our event to accommodate for COVID which included a winter recreation loop, ice sculptures by Jason Anhorn, and a mailbox for letters to Santa. We’re excited to host next year with some of the past and new activities incorporated.

Best New Mural

Downtown Eau Claire got several new murals this year. View more of our downtown murals.

Best Project in Progress Last Year

Cannery District - We're excited to see the future of this area!

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