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Three Eau Claire small businesses worth spending money on

Skyler Schad

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Downtown Eau Claire is full of so many hidden gems when it comes to shopping. One trip to the local small businesses, and suddenly wallets are empty but arms are full of unique finds.

Whether it be gifts for a loved one, or decor to scatter around a home — or a tiny dorm room — three small businesses in the heart of downtown Eau Claire have it all.

Tangled Up in Hue

Tangled Up in Hue is a small shop located at 505 S. Barstow St.

According to their website, Tangled Up in Hue is an art gallery full of the works of many different artists. All of the products in the shop are for sale, and the earnings from purchases go directly to the creators.

The website also states that it makes some of its own merchandise to highlight charities. The proceeds made from this merchandise then go straight to that charity.

“Tangled Up in Hue in a nutshell: local folks, supporting local folks, creating a space where all folks can fall in love with our amazing Eau Claire,” its website said.

Raggedy Man

Raggedy Man is located at 215 N. Barstow St.

“The shop sells fun and unique gifts with the vision of being a one-stop-shop of affordable items for all occasions,” their website said.

According to the Visit Eau Claire website, Raggedy Man has many options for different gifts to give to every special person in your life.

The Local Store

The Local Store is located at 205 N. Dewey St.

The website highlights how the store is supposed to make creators feel like they have a place within Chippewa Valley and Wisconsin. It hopes shoppers will feel the essence of community when they browse the store.

“It’s a full-on retail store featuring apparel, books, music, art prints, glassware, gifts and more — produced by, for, and/or about people in this community,” their website said.

Each store is worth a trip, and support from the community is what truly fuels their success.

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