Jimmy Powell opened Oscar’s Full Belly Deli drive-thru last week in the former location of his Jimmy’s Gyro Hut, in front of LAXprint at 146 Rose St.

The revamped drive-thru sells soup and deli sandwiches.

Powell also owns Jimmy’s North Star at 1732 George St., which is known for gyro sandwiches. He had operated the Jimmy’s Gyro Hut drive-thru from 2009 to 2010, and again from November 2015 until July 1.

He said when he reopened the gyro drive-thru last November, he figured (correctly) that it would boost traffic to Jimmy’s North Star, and planned to switch to a new drive-thru concept within six to 12 months.

“Freshness and quality are our focus” at Oscar’s Full Belly Deli, Powell said. It offers five specialty sandwiches, such as The Oscar – which is made with ham, roast beef, bacon, salami, provolone cheese, lettuce, onion and tomato. The deli sandwiches are made with bolillo rolls that are baked fresh daily.

“We also have all kinds of build-your-own options,” as well as fresh soup and a kids’ menu, said Powell, who named the deli after his dog, Oscar.

The drive-thru (customers also can walk up) will be open year-round. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, the drive-thru plans to soon have a Facebook page.

Noelke Music opened its studio in August at 123 W. Hamilton St. in downtown West Salem.

“I have been teaching (music) for many years, but made it a business in 2013 out of my home after I stopped teaching full time in schools where I was a middle school band director,” owner Laurie Noelke said. “I expanded it to a studio since there were requests for different kinds of lessons that I did not offer.”

Noelke and other instructors offer private lessons at the studio in piano, flute, voice, guitar, brass instruments and drum set. “We also offer children’s music classes and adult learning opportunities,” Noelke said. “Our first children’s class, called ‘Music and Movement,’ will be Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. and is for 3- to 5-year-olds.”

For more information, call (608)-612-0022 or visit www.noelkemusic.com or the studio’s Facebook page.

Journey Active fitness studio will open in late fall at 1245 Badger St., on the second floor of the new Aguilera building in La Crosse.

Kevin and Devan Weis own the new business. He received a business management degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, with an emphasis in sustainability and minor in economics and is a financial advisor in La Crosse. Devan has a degree in kinesiology-movement studies and nutrition and has five years of experience teaching classes and working with individuals in the fitness industry.

The new fitness studio will focus on group classes when it opens, Devan said, adding that there also will be open gym hours. “We will also be phasing in small group training, personal training and online training,” she said. “We want to focus more on overall wellness rather than just fitness – so we will be having monthly seminars/educational sessions for all community members to attend and learn more about all aspects of wellness.”

For more information, visit www.journeyactive.com or the studio’s Facebook page.

An Arby’s restaurant is being built in front of the Walmart supercenter on Hwy. 54 in Black River Falls.

The restaurant is expected to open in late November and will have about 50 employees, said Abbey Ramsey, director of marketing for Arby’s franchisee DRM Inc., based in Omaha, Neb.

“It’s a great location and we love opening in new communities,” Ramsey said of DRM’s decision to build an Arby’s in Black River Falls.

DRM operates 71 Arby’s locations in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Wisconsin, and plans to add 25 more in those states over the next seven years. “Sparta and Black River Falls will be numbers 72 and 73” when both open in late November, Ramsey said.

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


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