Shop Local and Support Area Small Businesses in the Chippewa Valley

December 21, 2013
December 21, 2013 Travis Dewitz

Shop Local and Support Area Small Businesses

5 Easy Ways You Can Support Your Local Small Businesses

ONE. Go to your local farmers market to buy fresh locally grown vegetables. They’re healthier too. Many farmers markets also sell fresh flowers. You may have to look a little bit harder but there are many local farms that sell fresh foods as well in the Chippewa Valley.

TWO. Eat at a locally owned restaurant or eatery next time you go out with your friends or family. What you may not know, many local restaurants also buy some of their food locally as well which makes this a great choice.

THREE. Many local stores offer unique or even handmade products from local people. Even if you don’t need anything, local stores are a great place to buy gifts for others.

FOUR. Support local artists and musicians. There are many ways you can enjoy the arts in your community. I know that Eau Claire and Altoona both put on weekly music events in the summer months. There are also many art shows, bands, dance, theater, and other performances all year around. A few places you can check include the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, Heyde Center for the Arts, and Children’s Museum of Eau Claire.

FIVE. Adopt a pet from your local animal humane shelter. They may just be a pet to you, but you could be their everything. You can start your search by visiting the Eau Claire County Humane Association or Chippewa County Humane Association.


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Local Small Businesses
AKF Martial Arts Academy of Eau Claire
Dewitz Truck & Auto Repair

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travis dewitz pines portrait suit thumb web PhotographTravis Dewitz is a remarkable photographer in the Chippewa Valley. He is well known for photographing local sceneries, landmarks, venues, buildings and people in various and ingenious ways. Though you not know him personally, his work provides a unique foundation of our local community and his photographs are unmistakable. Dewitz’s pictures are an impressive feat and preserve a moment; long after our travels are over, and our memories faded, photos are what remind us of the adventures we had and the connections to the people we met. Learn more about him here.


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Travis Dewitz

I. Love. Photography. I love it. It lightens my heart, fills my soul, and allows me to capture life the way that I see it. I constantly yearn to show life in a way that hasn’t been seen before, to bring images to people in a fresh and innovative way. My favorite focus in photography, my specialty I guess you would say, is Railroad Photography & Art. Something about the rumbling of these great, big, beautiful machines. The way they shake the earth beneath you as they rumble by, how they invade your chest and you can feel the rumble inside you. The plumes of heat on a hot day represented in a heat wave. Snaking through a western valley, void of trees or any other distracting element. Just the train, by itself, in it’s own inexplicable beauty and power. From the time I was a child, they have captured my imagination. I’ve recently gotten into portraiture a bit, and I want to bring some of my experiences with trains to that arena. To capture the power of a person, the sadness, loneliness, omniscience, pride, love, & carefree spirit in a way that hasn’t been done before. I want people to look at themselves in a photograph I have taken, and see a side of themselves that they think no one else has ever seen. Dewitz Photography is all about capturing a moment in a way that has never been seen before, capturing a beauty that some never knew was even there.