Podcasts and discussion focused entirely on Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. We discuss everything from current events, to sports to highlighting great organizations. There are podcasts highlighting everything!
Craig loves movies and being a car guy, the vehicles in them most definitely catch his eye.
Craig gives us his Top 5 Ford vehicle Appearances in movies. See where you agree or disagree.
#3 is likely to surprise you!
Heather talks with local veterinarian Dr. Linda Vogner about alternative treatments for your dogs. Dr. Vogner is someone Heather has trusted to take care of her own dogs, namely with acupuncture treatments.
Dr. Vogner discusses what to look for when locating acupuncture treatments for your dogs.
Also, what conditions can be helped and what benefits are there for your dogs in terms of acupuncture care?
More info on can be found here
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (ivas.org)
Dr. Vognar’s website : Veterinary Acupuncture in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (acupuncture4animals.com)
Email : email@example.com
Jordan from Peace Church is the guest as he discusses their involvement with Tandem Mentorship. Including why Peace Church partners and endorses Tandem and what their congregation gets from it. Jordan also tells us more about Peace Church and why working with kids can be so beneficial and rewarding.
Charity, from Tandem Mentorship, also adds why these partnerships are so important and ways you or your business can partner with them.
Should kids try multiple positions on their sports team? Well, some area coaches lock kids in even at 7,8,9 years old. What does our kid Derek think because he has experienced it both ways?
Also, Derek describes his first hockey goal...buying his first catcher's mitt...and some hot takes on the NHL.
Scott gives his thoughts on the Eau Claire schools increasing in-person education...Also, we have NIMBY ALERT for Altoona. Why is city leadership stubbornly defending a developer and face-palming current residents?
The gang from Audio Architects stops by to talk shop over a tasty Founders KSB Stout. They tell us about the switch from starting as employees to taking over as a three-partner ownership group a few years ago. How have the needs, wants and desires of clients changed over the years and where the focus of their company is.
We now have an idea of what to expect in terms of mask-restrictions at Country Jam this summer and we discuss...the Sonnentag project appears to be back on track...the landfill controversy in the town of Seymour and much more.
You can already hear the music (and perhaps taste your beverage) and the mere mention of it. County Jam! Kathy Wright joins Bill to talk all things County Jam including what the prospects are for the event to return this summer.
Okay, this one starts off in an interesting directly
Jane and Jerry talk about how the two used to wrestle each other, okay you have us intrigued...then they move on to how there used to be money flying around their childhood homes?
Later on, things take a drastic shift back on track with a conversation with a pillar of the local realtor community, Ned Donnellan.
Among real estate topics, you'll want to hear why he once had to drive around town without any license plates because of rapper Dr. Dre
Why keep score in youth sports? We hear adult "experts" discuss all the time but what do the kids actually think?
Also, Derek tells us what he likes about attending Chippewa Steel games in person and about a promo he had a chance to take part in.
On this edition, Jennifer from the Family Resource Center gives us an inside that look and background information on an organization that annually serves parents and children in the area.
What are their programs
Who uses the Family Resource Center (the answer may surprise you)
What needs do they have
Adjustments during the pandemic
Dr. Kristie Gehring joins the program this week, discussing Functional Medicine. What is it, the benefits and how does it work in concert with what many of us think of as "regular" medicine.
Listen as she gives some great, easy tips you can do RIGHT NOW to naturally boost your immune system.
What changes has COVID-19 brought to the car business?
Why are their less vehicles on dealer lots and when will supply return?
What changes, such as buying online, are likely to be permanent and not temporary?
Why does your otherwise docile dog growl when you come near their bowl (or another object)? Heather tackles this topic as she discusses "resource guarding"
-Why do dogs feel a need to guard something they deem valuable (such as a bowl, toy or even their human)
- Finding help or information online can be tricky on this topic
- She brings up cues that this is being displayed by your dog
- This is a part of a dog's natural behavior, but it can be dangerous.
- So what can be done?
Wendy Heffernan, a local realtor with Century21/Raven Team, joins Bill to talk about the local housing marker
Listen closely as she gives buyers some tips that could help get their offers accepted.
We also hear her honest opinion of Zillow...it may surprise you.
The EC is Here gang talks with Sabrina from Salon Seven! Obviously that is an industry that was (and continues to be) heavily impacted by the shutdown and ongoing pandemic. Hear from someone directly involved with how they maneuvered through it and the changes made.
Sabrina also talks about her leadership and entrepreneur instincts and how it led her to do what she is doing.
She also discusses why her shop his called "Salon Seven". Take a guess as to why it's named that...we bet you won't get it. She takes us through the process.
Lastly she talks about the support of the community and how people want to help each other.
Alex and Ben talk with local musician John Buxton who is most notably known for his project "The John Buxton Experience"
His recently released album, "Portal to Heck" is also discussed and featured in this episode
Joanne Palzkill from Za51 and Draganetti's joins the Chip Magnet Salsa gang for a fun conversation.
- Find out why she had to PROTECT THE LIQOUR during the construction of the 53-bypass near Draganettis!
-The creation of Za51 and it's continued evolution
- What is the future of Draganetti's...it's not over and she explains
- What are the very real pros and the cons for local restaurants using delivery services such as DoorDash
Showing effort and an appreciation for others is the focus of this episode.
Come for that, but also catch Pat's unique breakfast meal of fried eggs with peanut butter and hot sauce! What is Alora's preferred breakfast of choice...you have to tune in...
Also, Alora has taken up a new instrument...
Tim and Mary from RealityWorks stop by to enjoy a tasty beverage and talk about this unique company...
-The origin story of RealityWorks (yes, the baby simulator)
- How they've moved beyond the baby simulator in the last decade and some of the other innovations they've had (they introduce 40-50 new projects annually)
- They play for a WHAT failure rate?!?!? (trust us, it'll surprise you)
- Why they do this
- Being an employee-stock-plan company. What does that mean and why?
- Their mission for the future
Let's cut to the chase. Ford = trucks and this week Craig is here talking about the F-150, the best selling truck for the last four decades!
We not only discuss the benefits but also dispel many of the misconceptions non-truck buyers may have and why they should make a F-150 a vehicle they at least consider in the future.
We meet Rosella and Kahmara, another mentor/mentee relationship. We learn why they participate in the program (including why Rosella does it while also having kids of her own). We also learn what they get out of this and what they hope to still take from the program.
The group is back and they're talking RESTAURANTS. Jane and Jerry discuss some of their favorite restaurants, including some former ones, in the area and talk about the "treat" of going out to eat.
Jane and Jerry record this episode from the Olympic Flame where they know the owner (and like gyros!).
Later on, Jane & Jerry break down the "seller's market" in the area and the importance of being smart with pricing. Seller's market doesn't simply mean HIGHER prices...and they help us to understand that.
There is a positive side to being selfish...yes there is! Pat walks Alora through it.
The key is, you can be selfish while still benefitting other people.
Later on, Pat calls out Alora for leaving garbage in the house. What parent hasn't had to do that to their children?
Finally, Alora talks about doing just that "little bit" extra for the family.
Erin Lorberter, the general manager of of the Country Inn & Suites in Chippewa Falls joins the Banker with a Beer gang. Scott & Jerry enjoy a DARK porter while Erin goes a different route for beverage choices.
The conversation starts with a focus on how the pandemic has impacted the hotel industry and Erin's first hand account of the last year. Erin tells the story of why the only guests at the hotel for a while was a group from Italy.
Erin only discusses some changes that may stick long after the pandemic is over, including the way housekeeping is done.
Later on, Erin tells us some of the funny stories and the best & worst type of guests the hotel sees.
Bo picked the topic and on this episode he wants to talk about their family dog Zuul!
Pat has to remind Bo that the family dog wasn't always a fan of his, but Bo is quick to point out the fun relationship they have now and some of the examples. We also learn what Zuul's favorite place to lay down is.
Brandy Becker, a nurse in the Chippewa Valley tells us what it's like for nurses, and health care professionals, during the pandemic.
Brandy also discusses her "loud" family dinners, frustrations she has had, what she has been able to do (it's very limited).
She talks about having a woman tell her that masks don't do anything and how she responded...
At the same time, there is still good and Pat and Brandy bring up that too
Brandy mentions starting her shifts with a positive attitude.
Toycen Ford is sponsoring a ballcap giveaway at the Feb. 12th Chippewa Steel game. Craig is here to talk about why Toycen Ford gets involved with the community and specifically the Chippewa Steel. He and Scott talk about why you should check out a Steel game and what makes having the organization in town so special.
Heather is here to discuss the behavior of dogs. More specifically, why do dogs act the way the do. She takes us through the science and psychology and how she utilize this in training.
The behavior of dogs and why your dog acts the way they do, isn't all that dissimilar to that of any human relationship.
Extended Warranties? Are they legitimate or simply scams. The answer is...absolutely yes but be careful . Bill Bertrand from CV Mazda breaks down what extended warranties are, the advantages of having them along with some reasons you may consider skipping them.
Extended warranties can be a very valuable asset to have for your vehicle, but having a strong understanding of what they are before purchasing is very important.
Rump's in Altoona has developed a cult-like following and devoted customer base that continues to grow. Bob is the guest on this episode of Chip Chat as we look into the development of this Chippewa Valley small business.
- Why he started and how a conversation at a bar turned into a meat market
- The help and support he received from other area meat shops as opposed to getting competition
- How COVID and early supply chain issues nationally, drove new customers to his shop
- What are the best sellers in the area
- What challenges did he face when he was starting and dealing with self-doubt along the way
- Thoughts on future expansion
After a pause, our friends Jane, Jerry and Scott are back and they return by updating everyone on some happenings in the last few weeks.
- Jane and Jerry recap the last few months in real estate world and how Covid-19 impacted the local market (and in some cases didn't)
- Scott works in local healthcare and recently received the COVID-19 vaccine. He discusses getting it, any side effects and much more with that.
- The gang shares some great stories, including one that involves Jane...a chipmunk...and a house. Meanwhile, Jerry once had a WHAT?!?! in his house! You have to listen to find out what animal it was and trust us, you won't be dissapointed in the payoff.
This episode dives deeper into the communication between parents and their kids. Alora and Pat talk about their honest struggles every daughter/father dynamic can have. One way Alora tries to communicate with her parents is through letters and e-mails and the two discuss that.
Moving on, Alora talks about some after-school activities including making things with "cricket" (don't worry, she explains what the machine is as its not the sport).
Later on, they dive into Alora's feelings and what makes her cry. It turns out it's...ANIME? Well, there is a reason why.
Rebecca White Body, the program specialist with the Eau Claire Community Foundation is the guest on this edition as we learn more about the foundation. Lots of groups in the area have had to cancel their fundraisers over the last year and where are they to turn to...the foundation!
The Community Foundation has helped to fund many great projects in the region and she tells us how your organization can get in line to receive funds.
Also, starting your own fund directed at something you feel passionate about isn't as hard nor as expensive as you think. You don't have to be rich to start your own fund.
Bo is here talking about some of the simplest joys for kids. On this episode, Bo and his dad go through the process of blowing a bubble with chewing gum.
They then move onto learning about folding paper airplanes.
It's all about learning experiences between a dad and his son.
This week's Quick Serve podcast focuses on the difference between leasing vs. buying your next vehicle. What are the advantages and disadvantages. Here in the Chippewa Valley, what is the trend? Who makes for a good leasing candidate?
We meet Skylar and Kali who were paired as a mentor/mentee pairing and have continued the relationship beyond their official time paired up. Both discuss how they benefitted from the other and why you should definitely consider being a part of the program yourself.
What were some of the fun activities they've done and what have they learned from each other?
We also learn why Kali is into Anime, and how much sleep is Skylar getting with a six-month old baby!
This episode features a conversation with T.J. Atkins who heads up The Community Table. This organization serves more than 30k meals locally every year and we get the low down on how this takes place.
What adjustments have they made during the pandemic and which ones may actually have led to long lasting improvements and opportunities.
We also discuss what type of meals are served, and the fact that anyone who needs a meal is welcome...no questions asked!
Where were you June 17, 1994?
That is how Craig starts this Quick Serve podcast presented by Toycen. After a quarter century, the Bronco is back. Craig talks about what he is excited to have the Bronco available again. it's benefits and who the vehicle may be a great fit for.
Socializing your puppy in their first few months is critical, but during a pandemic it may seem impossible. Heather tells us that is absolutely not the case.
- What is "puppy socialization" and the goal of building confidence. Scared dogs resort to things like barking.
- Putting your puppy in a position to be successful
- Using sight/sound/smell to build that confidence
- Creating opportunities for your puppy to meet people. Should your puppy be exposed to lots of people? Is that good or bad?
The musically diverse and versatile Adam Thoms is the guest on this episode and is on the program to discuss the importance of being exposed to a variety of instruments and disciplines. Adam is all over the local music scene both as a performer but also as a popular instructor.
Ben and Alex discuss how trying a variety of instruments and being exposed to different music genres has influenced their overall music.
They also play a clip from Adam's new song "Keep it Breathing"
- Adam describes his musical upbringing in Eau Claire, from coming through the various band programs in the school system to playing the coffeeshop scene.
- How one of his goals was achieved by playing at Eau Claire Jazz Fest.
- Why he dives into so many different music projects and learning so many genres
- It's not a real tour unless you go to...Texas?!?! Find out why this comes up. And using a flip phone to book gigs.
- His future planned projects including a live stream coming up.
Brenda and Melissa from Harmony Wellness are the guests, discussing the unique business model of this self-care operation. These two are the owners, but partner with other independent entrepreneurs who rent space from them and collectively the business covers a multitude of things from skin care and massage all the way to tattoo removal and much more.
- The unique challenges of starting a business during the ongoing pandemic
- Challenges of marketing multiple brands and the decision they made going forward
- Hiring and using a "business coach"
- What impact, if any, does a recession have on their bottom line
- The most unique tattoos Brenda has been asked to remove
- One of Melissa's past employers...a hint...it's located in Orlando and features a mouse as its mascot!
Kane from Rock and Tait is the guest, while the gang enjoys a Duval Classic Belgium Golden Ale.
- The development of Rock and Tait from a roofing company to one that handles much more
- Where are the best margins for home improvement companies
- Working with a partner and managing that personal and business relationship
- Finding and maintaining a good crew of employees
- The sales method and why price isn't necessarily the key factor for home improvement companies
How did a would-be mortician from Wyoming end up becoming one of the most recognizable faces in the Chippewa Valley car industry?
We meet Bill Bertrand from Chippewa Valley Mazda and hear his unique story.
On this episode we learn about Tandem Mentorship's unique "guitar mentoring" program and chat with one of their guitar instructors. Learn why and how Tandem Mentorship uses this program to provide yet another opportunity to enrich the lives of local youth.
For details on how to either become an instructor or get your child involved see tandemmentorship.org
On the debut of this new podcast series focusing on cars and the community, with get to know Craig Toycen from Toycen Ford.
We find out, has he ever owned a vehicle that wasn't one his family's dealership carried?
Also, what is his favorite vehicle he has had.
Making sure your dog's "cup is full" is the focus for Heather on this edition. She is talking about enriching your dog's life and providing those opportunities for them to do the things they instinctively want to do in a safe manner,
Tapping into things like scavenger instincts (such as doing scatter feedings) and taking your dog away from your neighborhood and letting them go on "sniff walks"
How all of this positively impacts the overall behavior of your dog.
Alex and Ben look back on how the events of 2020 impacted the local music scene. They discuss how this podcast has developed, how they adjusted at the start of the pandemic and the opportunity to talk to local musicians. They even preview what they hope to do as the podcast continues into 2021.
We meet Colin (mentee) and Jacob (mentor) who are one of Tandem's current "matches" to get a first hand account of the experience. Why be a mentor or mentee and what does each side get out it?
We also have them tell us about their favorite moments in the program.
Did you know the vast majority of dog bites are from family dogs biting a member of said family? And most of these are a dog biting a child in the family!
Dawn, a certified dog trainer with emBark, joins the program to discuss how they train dogs AND FAMILY MEMBERS to co-exist safely together so that the focus can be on the happy relationship having a pet ultimately should be. She describes their "Bottles and Bones" program that gives people the tools they need to keep their dogs and babies together safely. Training isn't just focused on the dog but on the human(s) as well.
Also, why "growling" from a dog is an important tool and something that shouldn't necessarily be suppressed.
What is "Full Active" supervision of your dog and baby?
Pastor Travis Albrecht of Valleybrook Church in Downtown Eau Claire shares a sermon on sharing mercy. Check out the CollECtive Choir's new Christmas video and EP!
On the debut episode, we learn more about this organization and what it is accomplishing in the area. Co-Directors Ashley and Charity take us through everything.
- Why start a non-profit in the first place?
- The three areas of focus
- Examples of what happens between mentors and mentees
- What does it mean to be "faith-based"?
- Revenue sources
- The sense of purpose everyone gets out of this.
Josh from Mighty Maddy's Mission is here with the inspiring story of this unique and wonderful organization. What was the inspiration and what is the family looking to accomplish in memory of Maddy?
- We learn about the organization's goal of helping to provide birthday parties and celebrations for family's impacted by illness necessitating hospital stays. Also, how the organization's offerings continue to expand.
- How the organization turns the hair loss that unfortunately comes with cancer treatments into something for kids to CELEBRATE and own this moment as opposed to it being just another negative.
- Josh takes us through the moment he learned of his daughter's diagnosis.
- How the organization hopes to expand.
- Their tinsel and tidings fundraiser
- And much more.
COME HERE!!! Want your dog to come to you? Heather from emBark breaks down all that goes into this learned behavior.
- Getting your dog to come when called
- Capturing "owner gravity"
- Puppies vs. Older Dogs
- Common misconceptions
- Using names and verbal cues
- Any differences between breeds
Alex and Ben are back, this time talking with Tal Morgan of Morgan Music, a local staple among entertainers. They discuss the evolution of the business and how it very easily could've been a nightclub and not a music store! Tal tells this story.
Is the "death of guitar" real or a myth? Does that trend exist in Eau Claire?
What has become very popular in the last couple of years? Are we seeing a re-birth of true "bands" again?
Michele, a long time local food entrepreneur and current co-owner of LunchBox EC discusses starting an entirely new business just as COVID-19 was starting. She explains the business model, how her background as a chef at a multitude of locales prepared her and what her food "white whale" is.
- What is LunchBox EC and how it started
- Why is she known for her soups?
- What is her food "white whale". The next dish she wants to master.
- Marketing your business. What works and what doesn't.
- Taking negative feedback
- Handling financials
- Using salsa...real tips from a real chef.
On the debut episode of this series, we are introduced to Heather from emBark. The podcast includes:
1) Her background and the start of emBark
2) The best part of working with dogs
3) The basic dog tips she gives
4) Things to consider when adding a dog to your family
5) The misconception of "Alpha" dogs
6) COVID-19 impacts on dogs.
This episode features a conversation with the owner of the local venue Hunky Dory. Among topics covered...
- We learn about this home-based venue that operates locally.
- The "owner" Dave walks us through how the venue started.
- The story of squeezing a five-piece bluegrass band into their venue for their first anniversary and other interesting bookings
- The importance of reimbursing the artists, including putting them up at their home for the night!
- What they're doing through the pandemic.
Time to learn more about the people behind this podcast. The microphone gets turned on Jane, Jerry and Scott
- Jerry's childhood biking mishap going down Harding Ave.
- Lots of discussion on riding bicycles around the community as kids along with "bucking".
- We learn more specifics about Jerry and Jane and their families and careers.
- Why they are realtors and how their lives and backgrounds have influenced them.
- Their favorite things about living in Eau Claire.
We catch up with a former Wyoming ranch-hand and UWEC nursing student (but you may know him for his other line of work)...Michael Perry. The famed local author and entertainer shares his wisdom and humor with us
- Mike gives us his beer drinking history (or lack thereof)
- His childhood spent on a farm and eventually living in Wyoming as a ranch hand
- How a creative writing class at UWEC set him on his career path as opposed to going into his planned nursing career
- Paying the bills vs. art and balancing that
- Are writers/artists a mirror to times in history?
- The work he wishes he could have back
The podcast made by local small business owners for small business owners makes it's debut. We start off by diving right into Chip Magnet Salsa and learn more how this business went from a personal kitchen to a multi-state distribution.
- How Chip Magnet was started
- Turning your home passion into a business
- Identifying your "support" team
- Learning as you go
- Learning about various insurances and regulations
- Being humble
- Benefits and challenges of working with family.