Its owner has converted The Viking Inn supper club at 113 N. Main St. in downtown Viroqua to The Eatery Cafe, which made its debut Friday.

Amy Jo Fischer bought The Viking Inn a year ago. She said last week that she found the business “as a theme was a dinosaur.” So she closed it in mid-August to “redecorate and reinvent.”

The Eatery Cafe is a cafe and a coffeehouse, Fischer said, adding “We have a world-class espresso maker from Italy and take our coffee very seriously.” The coffee comes from New Morning Coffee Roasters in Appleton, Wis.

The cafe has a “kickback area” with couches and games, where people can plug in their laptop computers, hang out, do homework or just enjoy coffee or a bite to eat, Fischer said.

“We changed the decor to a more family-friendly, fun diner-type atmosphere, and also sectioned off the bar area to be half coffee, half alcohol,” she said.

The cafe opens at 8 a.m. except on Tuesday, when it is closed. The kitchen probably will close at 8 p.m. except on Friday and Saturday when it will close at 9 p.m., Fischer said early last week.

The breakfast menu includes bagels, breakfast sandwiches and organic oatmeal. The lunch and dinner menu includes such things as burgers, a variety of other sandwiches, steak, pork chops, broasted chicken, soup and pizza.

Open mic nights will be on Wednesdays and possibly Saturdays. Fischer invites musicians to contact the cafe about performing there. For more information, call 608-637-7398 or visit or the cafe’s Facebook page.

Joe and Rhonda Sexton, who operated Flowers by Guenthers at 310 Sand Lake Road in Onalaska from 2000 to 2013, plan to reopen the flower shop within a couple weeks.

They had been leasing the building to a couple who operated the business until it closed a few weeks ago. “We got it back,” Joe Sexton said last week. “The quicker we get it open again, the better.”

The Sextons recently moved back to the area from North Padre Island, Texas, where Joe had been a barber. The past two years, he had operated his own barber shop kiosk – which he has moved inside the Onalaska flower shop. “It looks like a big barber pole,” he said of the shiny red, white and blue kiosk.

Sexton said a couple prospects have expressed interest in buying the flower shop business. Even if the Sextons do sell it, he hopes to keep his Barber Joe kiosk inside and continue to cut hair there.

“I’ll be a barber here until I’m 100,” Sexton joked. The barber kiosk might open before the flower shop reopens, he said.

Hours for both the flower and barber businesses probably will be 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Sexton said. For more information, visit or The latter website is being redone and will be up soon, Sexton said.

Friday will be the last day for the Flair Hairstyling salon at 2412 State Road in the Village Shopping Center in La Crosse, owner Bill Freier said.

Freier said he has decided to close his salon – which he’s owned since 1984 – because of a shortage of hair stylists and because he will be 70 years old in February and wants to cut back and spend more time with family.

He said he told his staff on Sept. 13 that he plans to close the salon, and within two days, five of its hair stylists had found jobs elsewhere and a sixth decided to retire. Freier said he has had difficulty filling hair stylist positions this year because stylists are in short supply.

A total of 16 people work at the salon, and Freier said he believes most of them have found new jobs. Besides owning the salon, he is a massage therapist there. “I’ll probably continue with massage therapy” by renting a space somewhere in the area, he said.

For more information, visit or the salon’s Facebook page.

The new Ohana Yoga Studio at 126 S. Leonard St. in downtown West Salem will open with an open house from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, and classes will begin Oct. 3.

The new studio is owned by Tina Wehrs, Beth Foor, Sarah Allen and Kelly Nedvidek. It’s in the former location of The Rusty Awning bistro and gift shop, which closed at the end of April.

The studio will offer several types of yoga classes, and two massage therapists rent space in the studio. Wehrs said the yoga studio also will offer workshops and retreats in the future, both at the studio and “out in nature.”

Yoga classes will be offered Monday through Saturday, and Sunday classes might be added in the future, depending on demand, Wehrs said. To sign up or for more information, visit The studio also is on Facebook.

Its new owner plans no major changes in the Days Inn hotel on French Island, the hotel’s new general manager says.

Twin City Lodging LLC, which is based in Roseville, Minn., and owns several other hotels, bought the hotel Aug. 24, said Naresh Desai, who became its general manager the same day. Desai previously was general manager of the Days Inn Pittsburgh Airport hotel in Pennsylvania.

The French Island hotel was sold by R&R Development LLC, a corporation controlled by the Cleary family of La Crosse. It opened in 1973 as a Ramada Inn. A Cleary family corporation bought it in 1990 and immediately converted it to a Days Inn.

The hotel has 146 guest rooms and about 50 employees.

Stone Works LLC has opened at 1415 James St. in Bangor.

The business opened in May and is owned by Bob and Rose Diehlmann and Gerald Olson. It makes and sells cultured stone and concrete products.

“We manufacture our own stone,” Bob Diehlmann said. “We are not a dealer and can keep our prices lower than our competitors. We are unique in design and formulated to capture the look and feel of natural stone.”

Stone Works also makes concrete products such as lions, benches, tables, stepping stones and lawn ornaments.

For more information, call 608-486-1529 or visit or the firm’s Facebook page.

Michelle and Scott Schultz soon will open Growing Stars Child Development Center at 711 W. Montgomery St. in Sparta. It’s in the former location of the Childfirst daycare center, which closed last December.

The Schultzes bought the three-story building last spring and have renovated it. Some new features include new flooring, LED lighting and high-definition cameras.

The 6,775-square-foot facility can accommodate up to 90 children. It will care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years.

Michelle Schultz has 20 years of childcare experience. Scott Schultz recently retired from the Army. For more information, call 608-269-2271 or visit or Growing Stars’ Facebook page.

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


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