For years, Volume One owner Nick Meyer dreamed of offering the Chippewa Valley community a variety of unique trolley experiences — like those often available in larger cities and major tourist towns.
With so many amazing local stories to share — including a robust trolley history of our own — and so many beautiful spots to visit throughout Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, Meyer knew our community was worthy of such an investment.
So in 2023, with The Local Store as a great home base and the area’s considerable continued growth in tourism, it finally seemed time for the idea to leave the station.
About Volume One
Launched as a small arts and culture “zine” in the early days of 2002 in downtown Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Volume One has evolved into an integrated media company and community action agency that has received numerous local, regional, and national awards, recognitions, and widespread praise for its community aesthetic and unique voice.
About The Local Store
Chippewa River Trolley’s signature tours begin at The Local Store — one of downtown Eau Claire’s finest gift shops. Originally opened in November of 2010, The Local Store occupies the first floor of Volume One’s World Headquarters at 205 N. Dewey Street in downtown Eau Claire, WI.
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. All merchandise somehow evokes a sense of place in the Chippewa Valley or Wisconsin in general.
Many artists, writers, businesses, and creators of the Chippewa Valley use The Local Store as a retail outlet for their goods, and Volume One’s own creative team creates many of the products we sell.
Find your community pride at The Local Store!
Visit thelocalstore.org ’
E-Bike and E-Scooter Rental
Rail trails, bridges, rivers, tunnels, & more! Get out there and ride — with electric assist! — along the gorgeous water and downtown views that make Eau Claire a beautiful place to be.
Choose from several popular urban loops, or take a longer trail ride along the Chippewa River! Both printed and digital route maps are available when you check in for your rental.