Steve Cahalan: Holmen winery, supplies store opens Monday

2010-04-11T03:00:00Z Steve Cahalan: Holmen winery, supplies store opens MondayBy STEVE CAHALAN | La Crosse Tribune

Laurie and Gordy Buchner will open The WineSitters wine store and winery Monday at 205 S. Holmen Drive in the Holmen Drive Plaza building, where United Auto Supply and Holmen Hardware Hank also have stores. 

"We'll be selling wine- and beer-making supplies, kits and ingredients" when the Holmen store opens this week, Laurie said. "We'll also be selling wine accessories like corkscrews, and gift items."

The WineSitters also will have wine for sale in two to three weeks, Buchner said. She and her husband plan to make most of the wine they will sell. They also will buy bulk wine from elsewhere. The business will retail and wholesale wine.

Store hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at other times by appointment. Tasting parties can be booked.

Wine will not be sold by the glass at the store, but samples will be available.

The store's telephone number is (608) 526-6060, and its Web site is

Cabela's Inc. opened a boat service center Monday at 1906 S. Marquette Road, across from Culver's restaurant in Prairie du Chien.

Cabela's, which is based in Sidney, Neb., built a distribution center in Prairie du Chien in 1996 and opened a retail store in front of that building in 1998. Cabela's sells hunting, fishing and outdoor gear.

Its new Prairie du Chien boat shop has a staff of certified technicians who are trained to do most boat, motor and trailer repairs, the company says.

The shop will provide services such as lower unit maintenance, all outboard maintenance, tune-ups and winterization for all inboard and outboard motors, as well as other seasonal and preventive maintenance. The shop also installs marine electronics and offers full wiring services.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For an appointment, call (608) 326-5610.

Beth Frechette of Holmen has started Pitter-Patter Pet Care.

Frechette said her business provides dogs, cats, birds and other pets the care they need while their owners are away, right in the owners' home. Available services include in-home visits, overnight visits, dog walking, pet taxi and waste cleanup.

Care is available for pets in La Crosse, Onalaska, Holmen, Trempealeau and Galesville. Pitter-Patter's telephone number is (608) 769-0158, and its Web site is www.PetsLovePitter

Frechette said she has volunteered and worked at animal shelters and several animal rescue groups over the years.


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