Stacey Kalas: Interesting items get second chance at The Sequel

2012-03-18T00:05:00Z Stacey Kalas: Interesting items get second chance at The SequelBy STACEY KALAS | La Crosse Tribune

The antique wooden phone that hangs on the wall at The Sequel Resale Shop at 117 N. Sixth St. is one of general manager Jake Yahnke’s favorite auction finds.

“It’s exciting,” he said of stocking the store. “The things you don’t think you’ll ever see again, we’ll see here.”

Whether it’s a fire hat from the late 1800s or a brand-new living room set, if nothing else, The Sequel promises an eclectic mix of merchandise. The store’s motto is “If it’s interesting, we are interested.”

Yahnke and owner Kurt Lange buy items from auctions and estates for resale, as well as carry new merchandise. The Sequel is an authorized dealer for Ashley Furniture’s Signature Design series, and also buys and sells gold and silver.

“People say we have a lot of variety and they like that,” Yahnke said. “We have a little bit of everything.”

And at almost 15,000 square feet, the building can hold a lot of merchandise. Upstairs is reserved for furniture and antiques, with more household items and bargain gems in the basement. Most prices down there range from 99 cents to $4.99.

On a recent visit, the store was filled with furniture, glassware, jewelry, wall art, beer signs, vintage comic books, collectible baseball cards, action figures, die-cast vehicles, pots and pans, and athletic jerseys.

“(The store) will change every time you come in,” Lange said. “It’s fun.”

He said they are purchasing the building, which most recently was La Crosse Athletics, and are knocking out the back wall to make room for even more new furniture.

“We’ll be one of the best-priced places for furniture,” Yahnke said, with free delivery in the La Crosse area offered on Thursdays.

In terms of other inventory, Yahnke said they are interested in collectibles, unique items and buying estates. They will consider just about anything, except firearms, and have a 20-foot box truck for pickups. He keeps a leads list and a looking list for people who have things they want to sell and those who are in search of something specific. In addition to the storefront, The Sequel also sells through its eBay store and Craigslist.

A former Hilltopper, Yahnke has spent much of his career working at resorts in Wisconsin Dells and Sheboygan, Wis. Lange, a La Crosse native who previously owned a card and comics shop, approached Yahnke about launching The Sequel this past fall.

“It all started with baseball cards when I was 12 years old,” Lange said. “It’s evolved into a lifestyle.”

He said he hopes to grow the business so much, they have to buy the building next door, too.

The Sequel’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday) and tentatively 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is 608-519-0343. The Sequel also is on Facebook, and inquiries can be emailed to

Kay Hayes was sick in bed, running through possible names for the salon she wanted to open when she hit upon Chick ah Boom and “just about fell over.”

She stuck with the name, but everyone tells her she needs to come up with a better story, she said with a laugh.

Chick ah Boom Salon & Spa opened Feb. 1 at 2344 Hwy. 16 in the Eagle Bluff Plaza.

Hayes has 25 years’ experience as a hairstylist in the area and says she “always wanted to be my own boss and make my own decisions.” Her services include cuts, color, highlights, perms and treatments.

Spa provider Amber Rubel offers manicures, pedicures, waxing and facials, using the Eminence Organic Skin Care line of products developed in Hungary and even vegan nail polish.

She is passionate about the great results she says come from using products that are free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates and other harsh chemicals.

Eminence products are especially effective at treating rosacea and acne, Rubel said, and there’s also a new age-corrective collection that uses a natural alternative to conventional retinol.

Rubel says she enjoys finding the right combination of products for her clients depending on their skin types, and when the moisturizers and masques have names like Pink Grapefruit, Strawberry Rhubarb and Chocolate Mousse, it’s fun, too.

“Everything smells absolutely delicious. It’s kind of like a fruit salad on your face,” she said.

She also promises the “spa” treatment.

“I do a great massage with a pedicure and a facial. It’s a longer, more pampering service,” Rubel said. “I just love to pamper people.”

Both women have worked together for 10 years at other salon/spas, and when Hayes decided to go out on her own, Rubel was happy to follow.

Hayes said so far she has loved having her own business and enjoys helping people look their best.

“I just love making people happy,” she said. “I get the biggest kick out of seeing someone start to smile even before I’m done with their hair.”

Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, plus for special occasions and weekends by request. The phone number is 608-785-5030, and Chick ah Boom is on Facebook.

Having grown up in La Crosse, Michael Olson thought he knew most of the streets in the city. Then he became a taxi cab driver.

Now, five years after driving cab for others, he has started his own company.

Wednesday marked the first day of business for La Crosse Cab, which provides rides from

4 p.m. to 4 a.m. As demand increases, Olson plans to be open for business 24 hours a day.

He has two gold and black cabs ready to go and hopes to add motorized wheelchair-accessible vehicles to his fleet within a year.

Flat rates are available for out-of-town trips and airport-to-hotel rides. Olson also will be set up with the Safe Ride program.

La Crosse Cab employs three drivers in addition to Olson, who is looking to make a few more hires, including for fill-in drivers. Applicants may stop by his office at 1412 Townsend St. He noted that drivers need to have had a valid driver’s license for at least five years and a fairly clean driving record.

“You get to meet a lot of different people and cultures,” he said, “and hear stories of people coming to La Crosse from different parts of the world.”

The number for a ride is 608-782-6100.

Zimmerman Driving School is expanding to 114 N. Leonard St. in West Salem with the first driver’s education class starting there on April 9.

This is the sixth location for the school, which also operates classrooms in La Crosse, Onalaska, Holmen, Bangor and Sparta. Zimmerman Driving School also is certified to teach Minnesota students.

Started in 1966, the school is owned and operated by its original owner, Donald Zimmerman. It is the oldest privately owned driver education business in Wisconsin.

To reserve a spot, call 608-783-3238. Walk-ins on the first day of class will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday was the last day for Handmade Natural Beauty Boutique at 113 Fifth Ave. S. in anticipation of its move to the historic Powell Place.

Angie Cavaiuolo plans to reopen April 4 in the retail space behind Painted Porch in the center of the building at 2o0 Main St.

She’ll gain three times the space and be able to expand her line of bath and body products made with natural ingredients, as well as decorated glassware and jewelry she makes and other artists’ products she carries on consignment. The 700-square-foot spot also gives her room to make products on-site.

Cavaiuolo will continue to take orders at 608-782-SOAP (7627), through the business’ Facebook page and at www. She’ll also be at the Onalaska OmniCenter’s Spring Gift and Craft Show March 31 and April 1.

Handmade Natural Beauty Boutique will be open Wednesday through Saturday and likely the first Sunday of the month, Cavaiuolo said.

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