Steve Cahalan: Full Circle Supply aims to reduce plastic waste

2013-08-25T00:30:00Z 2013-08-25T13:07:21Z Steve Cahalan: Full Circle Supply aims to reduce plastic wasteBy STEVE CAHALAN | For the La Crosse Tribune La Crosse Tribune

Mary C. Larson wants to reduce plastic waste in the La Crosse area.

So she is opening Full Circle Supply — tentatively next weekend — at 1507 S. Losey Blvd., between the Kabob House and Village Kitchen restaurants in the Village Shopping Center.

“Full Circle Supply offers affordable natural, organic and nontoxic personal care and cleaning products by the ounce,” Larson said. “You can purchase a container from us or bring a clean one from home. You can reduce your plastic footprint by refilling.” The business sells everything from dish soap to deodorant.

Full Circle Supply also offers eco-friendly accessories such as bamboo toothbrushes and straws, and clothing.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The new store’s website is, and it is on Facebook.

Troy Gerdes and his wife, Teresa, opened Eagle Motors on Aug. 5 at 1508 Heritage Blvd., along Hwy. 16 in West Salem. It’s in the former location of Auto and Toy Trader, which moved recently to another West Salem site.

Eagle Motors sells used cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles in the $5,000 to $15,000 price range, Troy said. “I have been selling cars in the

La Crosse area for the last 23 years, and now my son, Kenny, who’s been working for me for the past year and a half, will be selling cars with me,” he said.

Troy named the dealership Eagle Motors in memory of his father, Ken Gerdes, who passed away three years ago. “He always had a love for eagles and was a huge inspiration to me and my family,” Troy said.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The telephone number is 786-3545. The store’s website, which is still under construction, is www.eagle

Owners Kevin O’Reilly and Lee Stoltman opened Boot Hill Small Engine on Aug. 5 at 1501 St. Andrew St., behind the main building in the former LaCrosse Footwear complex.

Anthony Crowson manages the business, which repairs and stores small-engine products such as riding and walk-behind lawn mowers, weed trimmers, leaf blowers, snow blowers, gas-powered saws and tillers.

The business serves customers within 60 miles and provides superior service, O’Reilly said. For example, customers can rent a lawn mower if theirs is in the shop for repairs. “We will mow their lawn or remove snow if our customer is away and opts to have that service performed,” O’Reilly said.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (and later by appointment) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The phone number is 608-781-5432. The website www.BootHill is being developed, and the business is on Facebook.

La Crosse-based People’s Food Co-op will open its new Rochester, Minn., store on Sept. 3.

The new store at 519 First Ave. SW in downtown Rochester will have 15,000 square feet of space and 85 employees, compared with 7,500 square feet and 33 employees at the Rochester store that it replaces.

The new store will have a deli with café seating and full-service grocery, dairy and meat departments. It’s an anchor tenant in a mixed-use building developed by La Crosse-based Gerrard Corp.

Co-op officials say the Rochester store was built with many state-of-the-art environmentally friendly features.

Play It Again Sports will move in November from Shelby Mall on La Crosse’s far South Side, to 4400 Hwy. 16, next to Chuck E. Cheese’s on the city’s far North Side.

Nick Benz of Onalaska and Nate Shaw of Holmen bought the local Play It Again Sports store in 2010 from Dale Maly, who had moved it to Shelby Mall from the East Towne Plaza shopping center in Onalaska in 2006.

Benz said the store is expected to move to the new location sometime between Nov. 1 and 15. It buys and sells new and used sports and fitness equipment.

“It’s more centrally located for our customer base,” Shaw said of the new location.

Another factor was that the closing of Clafton Skate in Onalaska in March created “a bit of a void” on La Crosse’s North Side and Onalaska, Benz said. Clafton Skate sold skates and other equipment for hockey and figure skating, and also rented skates.

Play It Again Sports bought most of the remaining inventory of Clafton Skate after it closed and also has begun leasing skates since that store closed, he said.

Steve Cahalan can be reached at or at 608-782-9710, ext. 8819.

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