Robbi Wolff is moving her That Foreign Place imports store to a much larger downtown La Crosse location as of June 1. And she plans to open a Greek restaurant next door in early August.
The two businesses will occupy the former Arena Sports Bar & Night Club building at 107-109 S. Third St.
That Foreign Place opened in December 2015 at 123 S. Fourth St., featuring imported wines, beer and spirits, as well as imported specialty food items and knickknacks.
The store will have nearly twice as much space in its new location, Wolff said. “We wanted to expand the food part,” she said of moving the store. “And there’s a need downtown for authentic Greek food,” she said of opening a Greek restaurant.
By adding a restaurant, Wolff said, “We’ll have both a shopping and eating experience.
“We hope to open the restaurant in the first part of August,” she said of the eatery, which will have a bar and be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant probably will begin with about 10 employees, she said.
For more information, visit www.thatforeignplace.com or the store’s Facebook page.
Eric and Tammy Stickney opened an Anytime Fitness center on April 3 at 2101 W. Wisconsin St., along Hwy. 16 on the west side of Sparta. Its grand opening will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8 with tours, appetizes and smoothies.
The Stickneys live in Tomah, where they had a membership at the Anytime Fitness in that community. They decided to buy a franchise and open the Sparta location.
They also own T2 Contracting LLC, which built the new Sparta building. It houses the 5,400-square-foot fitness center and also has a pair of 2,500-square-foot suites that are for lease.
Members of the new fitness center have access to it 24 hours a day, every day, and access to any of the more than 3,000 Anytime Fitness locations. The Sparta center is staffed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.
The Sparta center has cardio exercise, strength and functional training equipment, as well as two tanning beds, a HydroMassage bed and private showers. There also are free classes (yoga, low-impact cardio and high-intensity interval training) for members.
For more information, call the Sparta center at 608-269-2055 or visit www.anytimefitness.com or the new center’s Facebook page.
The RadioShack store in Shelby Mall is closing, according to signs on the store’s exterior. And a sign next to the cash register says all sales are final.
A store employee declined comment when I stopped there last week, and a company spokesperson didn’t respond to my inquiry before the deadline for this column.
On March 8, the Fort Worth, Texas-based electronics retailer filed for bankruptcy for the second time in just over two years. It said it was closing about 200 stores and evaluating options on the remaining 1,300. The La Crosse location was not on the list of the initial 200 stores to be closed.
La Crosse’s other RadioShack store, in Valley View Mall, closed in 2015 as part of the company’s first bankruptcy.