Meet the makers from The Local Store handcrafting hundreds of products!
"Backed by a team made up of printers, musicians, and artists, we’re a merchandise production and design company that blends creativity, craft, and collaboration to bring your project to life, and create an unrivaled customer experience."
Most of the apparel and many of the prints at The Local Store are designed by our in-house team and printed locally by our favorite local print shop, Ambient Inks.
"My woodworking retirement hobby provides challenges, rewards, and FUN! Projects have taken me from small items like plaques, toys, and puzzles to tables, cabinets, and one of a kind benches for the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire. I particularly enjoy unique combinations of wood, with some projects including exotic inlay. Finishing in natural tones, while attending to relationships of species, grain, colors, and uniqueness, all contribute to a satisfying experience."
Mini-kubb sets evolved from full sized kubb pieces constructed with and for friends and family. Other kubb sets, of unique woods with inlay, have been built for charity auctions. The first mini-sets were one of our Christmas gifts from a friend and me as part of our 15+ year tradition of producing a toy or puzzle from diverse woods around “Santa’s” workshop.
"I have always gravitated toward appreciating and exploring nature, and then using the peaceful/healing memory of mother nature as inspiration for my own creative endeavors; making birch bark jewelry is a very natural extension of my love of art and the natural environment."
Cory currently resides amid the hills and trees of Duluth, Minnesota, where forests and fallen birch trees are never hard to find. All of his jewelry is handmade using birch bark sustainably harvested from the woods of northern Minnesota.
"I love to see someone smile or even burst into laughter when reading the greeting on my cards. It makes me feel like I may have helped brighten their day a bit."
Cari Raynae creates one-of-a-kind clothing, paper/paint collages, and unique greeting cards right here in the Chippewa Valley in her own "Creation Station/ Studio"
"One of the best feelings is knowing on Christmas day there are kids all over the U.S.A. getting excited over something that you made. Also knowing that people who buy my toys plan on passing them on to future generations."
Hower Toys of Wisconsin are handmade up north of long-lasting Wisconsin hardwoods. They are made with superior craftsmanship, the utmost quality, and local values. Excellent as both heirloom gifts or rough-n-tumble toys.
"We are a small, family-run business in Northern Wisconsin dedicated to producing quality locally-made natural health & beauty products. Central to our business ideals is the belief that Americans are better served by American-made products. Our family-focused business model is dedicated to promoting the core values of hard work and principled living while providing quality products for cleanliness and well-being."
Cube Bath Salts in a small, family-run business based out of Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
"I have always loved all things mechanical and been inspired to think with an entrepreneurial mind. It's great that I can work around my school schedule and provide quality products and creations."
Iverson Custom Coatings specializes in both small and medium-sized projects. Daikon built a 4'x4'x6' oven to cure those bigger pieces and prides himself in perfecting his craft. Powder Coating is the process of applying electro-statically charged powder particles to a metal piece then melting the powder on. Powder coating is more desirable than paint due to its superior durability and is eco-friendly, emitting zero solvents. The Local Store carries his clever creation of powder coated RTIC® cups with Stainless Steel "Wisconsin" Logos. Daikon is a high schooler and lives with his family in rural Eau Claire.
"My love for fly fishing sparked my interest in hand crafting fly fishing nets. My nets are crafted with a variety of locally purchased wood. Simply put, these nets were made to be on the stream. Enjoy and happy fishing."
These handcrafted fishing nets are double stitched netting for strength and applied with locally harvested bees wax through the net weave to repel water.
Wood varieties: Aspen, Black Walnut, Cedar, Birds Eye Maple
"I love creating fun, unique onesies with a local flair and bringing joy to others with my creations."
From tracing and cutting the designs to the final stitches, Holly does all of her work out of her little basement studio. As a stay-at-home mom of two energetic boys, they are the inspiration behind her products.
Home Front Knitting
Marcy Leasum Orwig
"Knitting socks on my vintage machine connects me to the past. My great-uncle hand cranked socks on it for cold Wisconsin winters, as did my great-great grandmother."
Each pair of Northwoods Wool Socks are crafted to help you stay warm during harsh Midwestern winters. The design of the socks are based on a period pattern and original yarn colors that were included with the vintage machine. Step into history with the traditional wool socks of farmers and lumberjacks!
"Honest. Local. Coffee."
Honest Roast Coffee sources the finest specialty coffees from farms and co-ops around the world and roasts them using our own proprietary methods to create the best possible coffee experience. They have a passion for coffee as a craft and art form and share that passion with our fellow coffee lovers. Roasted locally at Banbury Place in Eau Claire, WI.
"Handcrafted on our small family farm, Lucy's Soap is made using the same old fashioned principals of hard work and excellence that would make Grandma proud."
Lucy's Soap is named after great-grandma Lucy who was the inspiration to become a farmer.Unlike many other handcrafted soaps, Lucy's is "Milled". That means it has been melted not once but twice. The benefits of this second melt are that the soap lasts longer and holds its scent longer.
"eco Urban Timber designs artisan products that give Wisconsin’s urban trees a second life, repurposed into kiln-cured, hand-made art for you to enjoy."
Laser etching and natural, no-VOC finishes make these ecologically-sound products polished, touchable, and positively unique. eco Urban Timber items are assembled with pride in an Eau Claire studio.
"I believe in doing something new and creative every day. I love having the freedom to use my creativity to develop new products."
In 2013, Kady left her job as a teacher and began her own business selling unique items for moms & babies. She has three children of her own and runs her small business from her midwest home in Metro Detroit.
"Ellen and Drew found their mutual love of bees at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. She was a Geography Student while he studied Art. It was a seemingly unlikely intersection of passions that proved to be complementary"
In 2010, Ellen started an apiary at UWEC as part of an independent study with Geography Professor Joseph Hupy. In addition to learning to keep bees, they sought to understand how the complex and ever changing cover of rural Wisconsin affected honeybee health and mortality. They distributed a survey to beekeepers across the state and mapped their responses.
"It's hard to remember to embracethe little things when every day tasks becomes overwhelming. I named my business SimplistiCreations, as a constant reminder and to share what motivates me and hopefully, it’ll motivate others to find inspiration in the little things."
SimplistiCreations specializes in laser cut wall decor and jewelry. I hope my creations give you inspiration, whether it’s through big things like intricately cut wall art and inspirational canvases or the small things, like laser cut jewelry.
Chicory Lane & Company
"My love for interior decorating and all things “crafty” really sparked my interest in hand lettering back in high school and I began making small pieces for friends and family. Eventually, my hobby turned into something that I could share with more than just the people around me and I started my own shop on Etsy. I love that I have the chance to connect with people when they put one of my pieces in their home, it’s really an honor."
Katie Dietlin is a business student at UWEC and she uses canvas and reclaimed wood to create unique, hand painted, and high quality wall décor.
"I take pride in creating unique items like these bear, fox, and pig Up-cycled Friends that are each handcrafted with equal parts quality and whimsy."
As a stay-at-home mom, Kristi channels her creative energies into her handmade business inspired by her children, who are often seen hanging around her cutting table and sewing machine as she creates.
"Making candles has been a passionate hobby and given me a creative outlet for over forty years. It's great to be able share my products with you and The Local store!"
Laurie loves living in the East Hill neighborhood and thinks it is exciting to be a part of an artistic growth of this beautiful city.
"We sisters have enjoyed creating mittens in our rural Wisconsin homes for about twelve years. The fleece lined mittens are made from recycled 100% wool sweaters, embellished with vintage buttons. It's a joy to watch people smile as they choose a pair of sturdy, colorful and toasty warm mittens as a gift, or to warm their own hands in the long Wisconsin winters."
Linda is a retired school secretary and lives near Neillsville. Joanne is a dietitian whose home is in rural Coon Valley.
Imagine you are standing in my kitchen when the butter, pure cane sugar and Tahitian vanilla begin to bubble and boil. Take a deep breath and notice the rich smell of chocolate slowly melting Mmhmm!"
Purity, price, fair labor practices and environmental issues were endlessly deliberated in the choices for this product and its packaging.
"At Superior Switchel Co. we craft a traditional switchel — brewed with fresh Organic Ginger, Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, and Local MN Honey or WI Maple Syrup — poured right into a reusable Mason jar or growler. We love brewing switchel not only because it's incredibly delicious, but also because every bottle we sell helps to improve the Midwest quality of outdoor life!"
Switchel is a slightly sweet and tangy, ginger-infused beverage that was made popular by the haymakers who drank it during the 19th-century. When water wasn’t enough in the hot fields, the farmers would drink switchel because it was light yet gave them nourishment and energy.
Wool n' Feather Farm
"The best part of my day is caring for our wonderful animals, keeping them healthy and happy is our priority and in return they provide us the natural wooly goodness."
Wool n' Feather farm is a small fiber farm raising heritage Shetland and Scottish Blackface sheep. After a spring shearing, wool is taken to a local fiber mill to be processed into yarn. Once back, the piece are hand weaved to be sold as finished goods, or as fabrics used in our handbags sewn by Melissa and her talented Mother. No dyes are used on our wool, all colors are the natural shades of their wonderful little sheep. Wool n' Feather Farm raises pampered sheep that produce quality fiber.
"I love woodworking because of the joy (and challenge) that comes with making something entirely by hand, as well as the infinite opportunities for artistic creativity with various wood species, colors, and grain patterns."
Nick’s Wood Shop specializes in small batch and one of a kind wood products for the home including kitchen utensils, cutting boards, small furniture, and more - primarily from locally sourced domestic lumber. Following in the footsteps of his parents and grandparents who are crafters and woodworkers with decades of experience, each piece is handcrafted with heart in Nick's shop on the west side of Eau Claire.
"My motto is heal with herbs, liquid for life. These blends are not only local produced but blended with love and care for the plants."
Nick is a Master Herbalist and UW-Eau Claire alum. He proscribes to the healing powers of herbs. Holistic health is his passion and making medicinal teas with the best dried herbs available is what he does. These herbal infusions provide people with a healthy alternative to coffee, soda and other processed beverages. Urbal Tea hand blends their herbal teas with the finest herbs, roots, fruits and spices. They are stocked full of medicinal benefits including antioxidants, vitamins and trace minerals.
"My business is called Expressive Domain because my Eau Claire home is where all of my varied artistic expressions live."
Working from her home studio, Expressive Domain, Patricia A. Hawkenson is a multi-faceted artist. She creates beautiful jewelry pieces that feature local imagery on one side and stained glass on the reverse.
Richard & Gail Ryan
"There is something magical about having the ability to start with a raw product and turn it into a object of useful or cherished beauty."
RRustic Turn offers a variety of wood products turned on a lathe – bowls, ornaments, pens, pendants, key fobs, etc. Combine wood with vintage knobs, reclaimed hardware, glass or fabrics for unique rustic one of a kind décor.
"For me, it is more than making money. It’s the passion of doing high-quality woodwork and the excitement that his customers get when they see the final product."
Robert creates high quality items of our state for kitchen use. His high-quality state-shaped cutting boards are a great use for cutting on and from the wood to the finish are made 100% food safe materials. They are a wonderful addition of decor to anyone's kitchen.
"Our pure maple syrup is produced locally on the Trainor family farm in Wisconsin. Nature has provided everything we need to make great tasting pure maple syrup."
Maple Essence Farms is tucked in the rolling hills and valleys of beautiful western Wisconsin near Eau Claire and Menomonie, just a short drive from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The pure maple syrup products provide one of Wisconsin's most delicious natural resource.
"We take pride in our commitment to sustainability. From sourcing paper that is FSC and Green Seal certified, to packaging our items in 100% compostable or recyclable materials, to personally making local deliveries by bike, we believe that Mother Nature has treated us pretty darn fabulously, and we strive to return the favor."
Gitchi Adventure Goods creates handmade prints, apparel, and other goods that inspire you to seek adventure in the great outdoors. An homage to their favorite of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior, “Gitchi” is a constant reminder of the profound beauty that can only be experienced in nature. Whether it’s biking, kayaking, or just throwing a hammock up in a local park, they encourage you to get out and find the adventure around you.
Low Roads Leather Goods
"We created Tactile Craftworks because we love the feeling that comes from working with our hands. But more than that, we strive to create goods that are as beautiful to look at as they are satisfying to hold. We aim to make pieces that fit easily into your life, and are durable enough for everyday use."
Tactile Craftworks is a collaboration between crafters Sarah Kirkham and Anna Warren. They met in 2008, and soon realized they shared an aesthetic, a sense of humor, and a love of crafting. Making things is how they put our tiny stamp on the world, and stake our claim in the long tradition of creating that characterizes humanity.
Serena Wagner and Janae Breunig
Volume One In-house Design Team
"As a teacher, I love children and the joys and challenges of helping them learn, grow, and blossom, but some days are just hard. On those hard days, there is something very therapeutic about sitting at the sewing machine and whipping something up."
Shelby creates sturdy key fobs in a variety of fabrics that appeal to a wide range of personalities.
"Our Wisconsin artisans add their personal fingertip touch into each treasured piece – handcrafted to last a lifetime."
Sunset Hill is America's cleanest greenest pottery with eco-friendly packaging, L.E.D lighting, recycling their kiln heat to heat all the hot water for their potters, dry all of their ware, heat their entire facility and more. These beautiful stoneware pieces are designed in-house and made in Wisconsin. They're hand-thrown pottery pieces that are hand-adhered, hand-dipped in glaze, and ... well you get it – completely made by hand.
"In all of my work, I strive to engage not just the woodworker or craftsman, but the artist within."
Tim and his family reside in rural Eau Claire on a 5 acre “slice of heaven.” Much of their space is used for a tree nursery which more than replenishes the wood volume used in their shop. All of the lumber used is grown locally, obtained primarily from local Amish sawyers.