Two Harbors offers the most extensive collection of wood I've ever encountered. They take full advantage of the woods native to Wisconsin, as well woods imported from all over the country, and only stain them when absolutely necessary. The cabinet work they do is stunning, and especially striking when they pair two or three woods together in one set of cabinets. They do very innovative work with mixing different woods together to make your cabinets unique.
Two Rivers offers a nice selection of new firearms and ammunition, however, what's most remarkable about this local gun seller is their selection of antique firearms. I have an uncle who's an avid collector of old Smith and Wesson guns, and I was able to track down an incredibly rare model with the help of Two Rivers. They travel extensively in search of new finds, and will look for special requests if you ask.
If you aren't careful, you might miss this antique store. It's nestled between two large stores in the downtown. I've been to this antique store three times, and each time found wonderful finds at very reasonable prices. Their selection of old photos from the Eau Claire area is exceptional, and for such a small antique store, they always have new items whenever I stop in.
Two Rivers takes a very natural and holistic approach to medicine, with an emphasis on nutrition and self-care, rather than just popping a pill. They're located in the downtown, and open late on a few nights a week to accomodate people who work during the day. They have several female doctors and do practice OB-GYN care as well as general practice. This is a very relaxing and personable clinic.
Yellow Dog Knitting is a combination yarn store and "school", as their classes are just as popular as the yarn they sell. The selection of yarn sold here is incredible-you'll find yarn to do everything from scarves to arghans to sweaters. Classes are offered throughout the week, as well as on the weekends, accomodating everyone's schedule. However, both the classes and the yarn are not cheap. Make sure you're serious about learning to knit before spending the money for the classes.
There was a damaging hail storm in Eau Claire a few years ago, and my aluminum siding required replacing in several places. I have an unusual house color and was concerned I'd have trouble finding siding to use as replacments in the damaged areas. Lauterbach was the only company to have not only what I needed in siding, but time to quickly come and replace the siding at a minimal fee. Before looking online for replacment siding, check here.
I had damage done to my patio steps last summer, and wanted to have them repaired, as the alternative (replacment) just wasn't in my budget. I called Wilder, and they came within a few business days to do a free estimate, which was the cheapest one I had been given. They did the job quickly, and seamlessly--no one is able to tell that there was even repairs done to the steps. This had been my chief concern, and Wilder delivered!
Reace Tile offers a very extensive variety of ceramic tile, and is conveniently located in the downtown, making it an ideal choice for anyone looking to do some home rennovations. They offer a lot of beautiful hand painted mosaic tiles, and usually offer a discount when purchasing in large quantities. Be sure to inquire about this when ordering, as it's not advertised.
Healing Choices has it all--and for those of us on the go, makes taking care of ourselves very easy, and necessary! Healing Choices has not only a gym, but massage therapy, physical therapy, and martial art classes. I arrange appointments so when I'm bringing in someone for karate class, I can use the gym or get a massage while I'm waiting for class to finish. The massage therapists also work as physical therapists, and focus largely on mobility with relaxation.
Egg Rolls Plus is owned and operated by a local Hmong family. This is great, but remember--the food here is not in anyway Americanized. They use a lot of fish and oyster sauces, and while the menu is very diverse, the way in which foods are prepared is not. Therefore, keep in mind that the flavors here all have a subtle fish flavor, and can be very spicy. The atmosphere isn't that great, but don't let keep you away. Dinner is very reasonable too, with most dishes costing around $7 a plate.