Good Greens Aquaponics at 2424 Commerce St. on the far North Side of La Crosse has started offering tours by appointment and plans to open its own retail store within a few weeks.
Good Greens is a new division of ORC Industries, which employs people with disabilities. Its 14,000-square-foot aquaponics system is growing tilapia fish as well as lettuce and herbs such as basil, oregano and mint.
The retail store in part of the aquaponics building will sell whole tilapia fish on ice, as well as romaine lettuce and herbs such as basil, oregano and mint, said Erik Carlson, facilities manager.
Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture, or the raising of fish, with hydroponics, or the raising of produce in a water-based system. The system has 12 tanks that each hold up to 600 tilapia. Their waste is processed and turned into nitrates and other plant foods that then circulate to the hydroponics system.
Good Greens began selling produce earlier this year, mostly for restaurants. Fish sales initially will be only at the Good Greens store, but later will expand to grocery stores and restaurants.
Tours will cost $5 per person. For more information, call 608-781-7727 and ask for Carlson or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Greens also is on Facebook.
After major upgrades, new owners will reopen the closed Starlite Bowling Alley in Caledonia, Minn., in early September as the MAAD Alley. Open bowling is expected to begin Sept. 9, with league play starting shortly before that.
The bowling alley at 114 Bissen St. almost closed for good at the end of April. After it closed, Matt Phillips and Adam Augedahl, who own Winona Controls Inc. next door at 108 Bissen St., negotiated to buy the property so they would have room to expand their mechanical and electrical contracting business.
“The community kind of leaned on us” to reopen the bowling alley, Augedahl said with a laugh. So he and Phillips decided to upgrade, rename and reopen it, and hire someone to manage it. They still have room on the property they bought Aug. 1 to construct another Winona Controls building, probably in 2017, he said.
“We’re doing a complete renovation” of the 10-lane bowling alley, Augedahl said. Improvements include new ceilings and floors, new heating and air conditioning systems, improved lighting including black lights over the lanes, new pins and rebuilding machinery.
The bowling alley opened in 1977 and is the only one in Caledonia. It probably will have 10 to 15 employees and a grand reopening in late September, Augedahl said.
The new owners came up with the MADD name by combining the first two letters of their first names. The bowling alley’s telephone number is 507-725-6223 and it also is on Facebook.
Look for a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant to open in late fall or early winter in the Riverside Square shopping center along Hwy. 18 on the South Side of Prairie du Chien.
The new location will be owned and operated by Wisconsin Dells-based franchisee Travel Mart Inc., which has 20 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in operation. That includes the La Crosse location that opened last November at 1422 S. Losey Blvd.
Travel Mart continues to look at possible locations for a second restaurant in the La Crosse/Onalaska area, said Jeremy Alsaker, its chief executive officer.
A space is being remodeled, and a drive-thru is being added, for the new Prairie du Chien restaurant, Alsaker said.
“It will have iced coffee, hot coffee, cold brew coffee, lattes, macchiato, hot chocolate and other beverages along with doughnuts, breakfast, lunch and dinner sandwiches,” he said.
“We really like the area and are looking forward to being part of the community,” Alsaker said of opening a Dunkin’ Donuts in Prairie du Chien.