The local Pella Windows and Doors store has moved to Three Rivers Plaza, and the 2nd Street Hair Gallery plans to move by mid-January, to make way for a new La Crosse Distilling Co. craft distillery that’s expected to open next summer.

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STEVE CAHALAN | For the La Crosse Tribune

I reported in September that the distillery will produce spirits such as vodka, gin and whiskey and also will have a tasting room serving food for lunch and dinner as well as craft cocktails made with its distilled spirits.

Before construction can begin, two buildings at the site must be demolished — the hair gallery building at 129 Vine St. and a building that housed the Pella store at 307 N. Second St. as well as a vacant space at 311 N. Second St.

Plans are to demolish the two buildings by the end of January. For more information on the distillery project, visit its Facebook page.


The Pella Windows and Doors store opened Nov. 29 at its new location in Suite 109A at 40 Copeland Ave. in Three Rivers Plaza, local Pella sales representative Dick Seidel said. It’s between the Verizon Wireless and CenturyLink stores.

Hours at the new Pella location are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Seidel said. The new location’s grand opening celebration is expected sometime in January or February, he said.

For more information, visit the store’s Facebook page or www.pella.com.


Kim Clark, co-owner of the 2nd Street Hair Gallery, said the salon plans to have a new name when it moves by mid-January to a retail space on the first floor of the new municipal parking ramp that was built on the former Collins Outdoor Advertising property at Third and Vine streets downtown.

“The new name will be 3rd Street Hair Gallery,” Clark said, as the new location will be along Third Street. With the move to the new, larger location, the business is adding additional stylists and will begin offering pedicures and massages to its list of services.

For more information, visit the hair gallery’s Facebook page.


Octobra Jensen opened her new Portraits by Octobra photography studio on Dec. 16 in Suite 200 of the Batavian Building at 319 Main St. in downtown La Crosse.

Jensen said her studio’s focus is on newborn, children and family portraits, but other photo services are available by request.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to have my own photography studio,” said Jensen, who has nearly two decades of photography experience. She worked for PCA International, which manages portrait photography studios in Walmart stores, and was a district manager overseeing 10 Walmart photography studios. She later worked for nearly seven years for Lifetouch Portrait Studios in its JC Penney Portraits division.

Jensen said her goal with clients is to make their photography session stress-free and relaxed. Her studio has more than 800 square feet of modern, bright and private space, she said.

“The studio features a private restroom and changing room, a relaxed and kid-friendly space set in a bright and warm studio, with refreshments and other amenities for a stress-free experience,” Jensen said.

For more information, call 507-556-1126 or visit www.portraitsbyoctobra.com or the studio’s Facebook page.

Steve Cahalan can be reached at stevecahalan.reporter@gmail.com or at 608-782-9710, ext. 8819.

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