By Taylor Smith:

One of Menomonie’s newest businesses is creatively named after a research experiment studying primate social behavior. The Hundredth Monkey Maker Space, a creative workspace at 129 E. Main St., includes a music studio offering guitar, violin and cello lessons, a work area for classes and workshops and a retail space with new, handmade crafts and DIY kits arriving every week.

“Menomonie has a ton of creative, interesting people,” owner and founder Rebecca Kilde remarked. “I really like those places where things happen because you get people together who have never come together before.”

“It’s a place to knit, embroider, patch a jacket or whatever,” Kilde explains. “It’s a great place to just drop in and bring whatever you’re working on. If you have questions, maybe someone can answer them.”

One of Kilde’s goals is to offer a safe, creative space that’s still fun and affordable.

“Everybody needs to contribute, but nobody needs to break the bank to come and use this space,” says Kilde. “You can come in here for a few hours for probably the amount you would spend to go see a movie.”

Discounts can also be offered to large groups like 4-H and Scouts.

“College is intense. It’s hard and sometimes you just need to give your brain a little break and let all of that stuff go for a while,” Kilde remarks. “Doing something creative with your hands is a great way to give your brain a little break and recharge.”

Upcoming classes include a fly tying class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27, as well as a botanical peg doll class from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 15. Additionally, there is a handwork group every Thursdays from 3:30-7 p.m. All classes and workshops are $5 per person plus the cost of materials. For more information and hours of operation, visit

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