When I’m Sixty Four on Barstow Street | The Interurban Streetcar Tour of Local Shops in Eau Claire, WI

July 4, 2012
July 4, 2012 Travis Dewitz

When I’m Sixty Four is a start-up retail store offering fine gifts, collectible dolls, figurines, music memorabilia and vintage items. The store is located at 128 S. Barstow  Eau Claire, WI, offering consumers in every age group and class the opportunity to view and purchase rare and one of a kind products.  These products range in value and price, thus appealing to a large population of consumers. The one of a kind collectible products that I have appeal to collectors and any consumer who wishes to have the ultimate say in the value of their one of a kind item. In addition to offering a wide array of unique, quality products, the consumer will enjoy friendly and knowledgeable customer service and a convenient downtown location. Consumers will be able to use wireless internet, an in-store library, and listen to live music along with their shopping.

Owner Eli said, “We are located in the heart of the downtown Eau Claire, WI. Downtown Eau Claire is the “it” place for customers to roam the historical streets to get unique and handmade products that large chain stores do not offer. I will cater to special consumers who are interested in finding unique items to supplement their collections or finding a gift that cannot be found in the very busy, very congested shopping mall. I intend to expand my business by carefully building a repeat customer base and providing the products and merchandise they wish to purchase. I feel it is important to offer personal customer support and services to achieve our business philosophy.

The idea for When I’m Sixty Four came from my love and passion for collecting unique and high quality vintage products. I also love the music band The Beatles. I began collecting highly valued Beatles memorabilia from a reputable supplier that has one of the world’s largest collections of Beatles memorabilia. After building a relationship with this supplier, I learned this person desired to sell the majority of the products. This supplier was willing to aid me in the buying and selling of the large variety of rare products this supplier had in order to become a new business owner. I have always considered myself to be a person meant to work in business. I have experience in many areas of sales and pride myself on providing consistently friendly and knowledgeable customer service.

I chose my downtown Eau Claire, WI location because I think the Eau Claire area is a wonderful place to live, work, and prosper. According to the city data website, Eau Claire is #88 on the list of “Top 100 safest cities” and #100 on the list of “Top 100 cities with strongest arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services industries,” out of the Top 101 cities in the United States with populations over 50,000.

I believe that my store is beneficial to the downtown Eau Claire area for many reasons.  First, I believe in educating customers with 100% honestly on the products that they are purchasing.  My current knowledge of my products and willingness to share this information to the customer will help educate them on music history.  Secondly, I believe downtown Eau Claire thrives on music.  There are a variety of establishments that get their customers in the door with live music.  I have a stage that allows local musicians to work and get more customers into the store.  Also, there are many music lovers that frequent the downtown area when there is live music at Phoenix Park.  My store is also located right across the street from the State Theater.  I believe these people who frequent the park and the theater would appreciate the music memorabilia that my store showcases.  Thirdly, my store is filling a current vacancy, which helps provide development and drives up the city’s economy.  I believe my store’s popularity will continue to bring customers downtown even when the area is being renovated, which is anticipated to occur in 2013.”


When I’m Sixty-Four

128 South Barstow Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701



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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.

Comments (11)

  1. WhenIm Sixtyfour

    WOW, Truly amazing and beautiful! Anyone and everyone should work with the two of you….Travis Dewitz, what a great gift:)

  2. WhenIm Sixtyfour

    WOW, Truly amazing and beautiful! Anyone and everyone should work with the two of you….Travis Dewitz, what a great gift:)

  3. Susan Ayres

    Looks like a great store. I’m going to shop there for soon And can’t wait to see the next issue of The Electric Park.

  4. Colonal Mustard

    It is usually once in a lifetime that One will find a little treasure. I am a lucky man cause I have found it. The people who run this store know what love is and that is all that matters. The Beatles are a great cornerstone in todays world. One only has to make a decission once, done. Eli is a marvelous individual and so are Tif and Paul. The store is a wealth of Love and knowledge and I believe it will go further. Peace4, Love and Bobby McGee my friends.

  5. Lyle Brovan

    I am 78 and still like toy trains. In fact I have a complete layout in a place out behind my house down here in Alabama

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