Downtown West Salem is getting a coffeehouse.

Owner Kristina Sage will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to give people a preview of her new Oma coffeehouse at 122 S. Leonard St. Its grand opening will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 10, and Sage expects to be in full operation Dec. 12.

“Oma” is German for grandmother. Sage chose that business name to honor her mother, the late Susan Gigstead. She added that Gigstead’s greatest joy was being a grandmother. Gigstead had a passion for baking, which she passed along to Sage’s niece, Presley Rhode, who will manage Oma and be its head baker.

“Oma will provide a high-quality cup of coffee and offer a selection of baked goods from its small bakery,” Sage said. It also will offer tea from the Dim Sum Tea Shop in La Crosse.

Most of Oma’s coffee beans will come from JBC Coffee Roasters in Madison, said Sage, who plans to hold a “meet the roaster” event Jan. 28. “We will also feature different coffee roasters from time to time,” she said.

Some of Oma’s baked items will include scones, muffins, brownies, granola bars, cookies and sourdough cinnamon rolls.

Oma’s hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to noon Saturday and closed Sunday. For more information, call (715) 896-1423 or visit or the coffeeshop’s Facebook page.

A new Arby’s restaurant will open Monday at 918A S. Black River St., along Hwy. 27 on the south side of Sparta. It’s in the same building as the Sparta Co-op Cenex Convenience Store.

The 2,000-square-foot restaurant will have 40 to 50 employees, said Abbey Ramsey, director of marketing for Arby’s franchisee DRM Inc. in Omaha, Neb. Once it opens, DRM will have 72 Arby’s restaurants operating.

The Sparta restaurant’s grand opening celebration will be Dec. 6-9; for details, visit The new restaurant’s telephone number is 608-269-1055.

Hours at the Sparta Arby’s will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Ramsey said the new restaurant also has a drive-thru as well as a to-go family style catering service.

Some other features include a communal table with contemporary overhead lighting and an eating bar with multi-media charging outlets, she said.

DRM Inc. also is building a new Arby’s restaurant in front of the Walmart supercenter on Hwy. 54 in Black River Falls.

The Arby’s in Black River Falls is expected to open in January, Ramsey said. DRM’s Arby’s restaurants are in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

The local Lincare office moved recently from 1010 S. 19th St. in the Jackson Plaza shopping center to 214 Copeland Ave. in La Crosse.

Lincare Holdings Inc., headquartered in Clearwater, Fla., says it is one of the nation’s largest providers of oxygen and other respiratory therapy services to patients in their homes.

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