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The Crossing Meadows shopping center in Onalaska won’t be without a fabric store for long.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores will open a store sometime this fall in the former Hancock Fabrics location, said Beth Shivak, a spokeswoman at Jo-Ann headquarters in Hudson, Ohio. Hancock Fabrics has been closing all of its stores, and its location at 1220 Crossing Meadows Drive closed July 22.

Jo-Ann has about 850 stores in 49 states and says it is the nation’s largest specialty retailer of fabrics and crafts.

“The (Onalaska) store will carry a wide breadth of fabrics, sewing supplies, crafting needs, finished home decor and more,” Shivak said. “The new store will also offer on-site education courses to help adults and children hone their crafting skills with confidence.”

Shivak had no prediction as to how many employees the Onalaska store will have, but said some former Hancock Fabrics employees have been hired. A Jo-Ann job fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Wednesday and Thursday at the La Crosse Workforce Development Center at 2615 East Ave. S. in La Crosse.

Viroqua native Jill Soltau became Jo-Ann’s president and CEO last year. For more information about the company, visit

Kickapoo Coffee Roasters and a local baker plan to open a cafe sometime this fall at 302 S. Main St. in downtown Viroqua.

The as-yet-unnamed cafe will serve Kickapoo coffee as well as breakfast and lunch fare and bakery goods such as bagels, breads, cakes, pies and cookies made by Allison Sandback, who owns the year-old Crumb baking business in Viroqua.

Sandback will manage the new cafe. It will be owned by her and by Kickapoo Coffee Roasters owners Caleb Nicholes and T.J. and Denise Semanchin. Nicholes started the coffee roasting business, which roasted its first beans in 2005. The Semanchins joined him in early 2006.

“It’s something we’ve been entertaining,” T.J. Semanchin said of opening a cafe in Viroqua. “It’s something the community has been asking for for years,” as Kickapoo Coffee Roasters hasn’t had its own cafe or coffeehouse in Viroqua. Its first and so far only other cafe opened last December in Milwaukee.

The 1,200-square-foot Viroqua cafe will have a drive-thru, an outdoor patio that will be open seasonally, and probably will seat about 40 people inside, Semanchin said. It will be open seven days a week.

The La Crosse-based Kwik Trip chain plans to open its second Holmen convenience store/gas station next year near the planned new Festival Foods grocery store at Hale Drive and Main Street.

“We anticipate construction in summer or fall of 2017, but it will all be contingent on Festival’s schedule,” said Leah Nicklaus Berlin, Kwik Trip senior development manager, who spoke at the July 26 Holmen Planning Commission meeting. “They will need to have their infrastructure in for us to build.”

Kwik Trip’s current Holmen store will remain open after the new one opens, Berlin said.

In March, Festival Foods announced plans to build a new 75,000-square-foot Holmen store. Expected to open in the fall of 2017, it will be more than twice as large as the company’s current Holmen store, which will close when the new one opens.

Kwik Trip’s plans to build on one of the outlots leaves two other parcels available in the new retail development.

Achieve Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine has moved its La Crosse clinic to Suite 103 at 1526 Rose St. It had been downtown. The new location opened July 1.

“This new location doubles our space,” said Steve McCoy, who is one of the owners of Achieve and who with Dennis Fater provides therapy services at the La Crosse location. McCoy has a doctoral degree in physical therapy and Fater has a doctorate in medical physiology.

Services available at the La Crosse clinic include sports and orthopedic injury care, back and neck pain relief, total joint replacement or other post-operative joint surgery rehabilitation, custom fit orthotics, vestibular rehabilitation and lymphedema management.

Achieve has seven outpatient clinics and provides services to a number of skilled nursing facilities throughout Wisconsin. It employs more than 80 therapy professionals. Achieve opened its first clinic in Holmen in 2006.

Steve Cahalan can be reached at or at 608-782-9710, ext. 8819. Onalaska Holmen Courier-Life correspondent Pat McKnight contributed to this column.


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