Chue Lor and his girlfriend Soua Vue plan to open their new 8-GOS egg roll business in early June — probably on June 2.

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STEVE CAHALAN | For the La Crosse Tribune

They plan to assemble and cook the egg rolls in the shared commercial kitchen at the Coulee Region Business Center, also known as the business incubator, at 1100 Kane St. in La Crosse.

They plan to sell the egg rolls at the incubator, and from a cart at different downtown locations, including near Riverside Park, from noon to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. “We’ll only make 560 egg rolls a day,” at least initially, Lor said.

8-GOS will offer pork egg rolls with two kinds of sauce. Lor and Vue plan to add beef egg rolls and chicken egg rolls later, and hope to eventually expand their menu further and open a sit-down restaurant.

Lor and Vue live in Winona, Minn., and have other jobs. He is a native of Winona and she is native of Hudson, Wis.

For more information, call 507-722-1005 or visit www.8gos.com or Facebook.


Zen and Pow Studio and its new affiliate gym Zen Power Fitness opened last week in Suites C and B at 3809 Creekside Lane in Holmen.

Stephanie Helmers, who owns both, operated her studio for the past four years in the Iron Works Training Center in Holmen. Zen and Pow Studio offers a variety of yoga and fitness classes.

Zen Power Fitness, which is next door to the studio’s new location, is a functional training facility that offers personal training as well as 24/7 access. Helmers said it specializes in functional training techniques, primarily through kettlebells, plyometrics and calisthenics. It also offers tools for Olympic weightlifting.

The grand opening for both the fitness and yoga studio and the new gym will be June 10, with free classes at the studio and open gym time from 8 to 11 a.m. and food, beverages and drawings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, visit www.zenandpow.com or the Facebook pages for the studio and the gym, or call Helmers at 608-797-3616.


Brian Hanson has launched his Hanson Scrap Metal, LLC corporation, a (largely) free pickup service for metal items people want to get rid of.

Hanson, of Onalaska, has been providing the service for about three years. He created the limited-liability corporation in January and added a website several weeks ago. “I wanted to get bigger, grow the company and show a new level of professionalism,” he said of creating the corporation and website.

Hanson’s residential and commercial scrap metal pick-up service operates in Wisconsin, within a 25-mile radius of La Crosse. It picks up a long list of metal items such as appliances that have been uninstalled, bicycles and scrap – for the list, check its website. The service is free, except for a few things such as freezers and refrigerators that contain Freon — there’s a $15 fee for those.

Metal recycling businesses pay Hanson for the items he brings in.

For more information, visit www.hansonscrapmetal.com or the firm’s Facebook page or call 608-769-0284.


Apricot Lane Boutique opened Monday in the former Aeropostale location in Valley View Mall.

The nearly 3,500-square-foot women’s boutique sells apparel, accessories, shoes, handbags, home decor and gifts. It’s open during regular mall hours.

For more information, visit https://apricotlaneboutique.com/store/la-crosse or the store’s Facebook page.


Premium Iowa Pork of Hospers, Iowa, has purchased the former Driftless Meats & More custom slaughter and retail meat store facility at E7342 Chimney Road, off Hwy. 14/61 between Westby and Viroqua.

At its April 25 meeting, the city of Viroqua Public Works Committee voted to consider receiving wastewater that would be trucked from the plant. Premium Iowa Pork President Dan Paquin told the committee that the company plans to spend a few million dollars to renovate the facility and slaughter hogs there by the end of the year.

The company produces antibiotic- and hormone-free pork. “We deal with high-end restaurants and have an integrated supply chain,” Paquin said.

The plant ultimately will slaughter 700 head a day, with a capacity of 3,500 per week, he said. There won’t be a retail store at the plant. The Driftless Meats retail store there closed in January, shortly after the facility’s sale was announced. For more information about the Iowa company, visit www.premiumiowapork.com.


As I mentioned last Sunday, the Colonial Bowling and Banquet Center in Sparta has closed and is for sale, leaving that community without a bowling alley for now.

I also passed along an observation that with the Sparta location closing, the nearest bowling alleys open to the public were in West Salem and Tomah. A reader emailed me that morning, reminding me that Bangor Lanes in Bangor is even closer to Sparta.

Steve Cahalan can be reached at stevecahalan.reporter@gmail.com or at 608-782-9710, ext. 8819. Angie Cina of the Vernon County Broadcaster contributed to this report.

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