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Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores will open its new Onalaska store on Thursday in Suite 300 at 1220 Crossing Meadows Drive, after remodeling the Crossing Meadows shopping center space where Hancock Fabrics closed July 22.

Hancock Fabrics has been closing all of its stores.

The new store’s grand opening will be Thursday through Saturday, said Shauntina Lilly, a Jo-Ann spokeswoman. The grand opening will feature prizes and fun for the entire family, she said.

The store will offer a large assortment of fabrics, crafts, classes and finished decor for every room of the home, Lilly said.

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

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

Gary and Christine Bengtson have opened the Prairie Glass Studio & Gallery at 144 N. Main St., along Highway 35 in Stoddard.

The Bengtsons make stained-glass pieces that range from elegant lawn art to full-sized windows. They previously made them in their home near De Soto and for the past eight years have been selling mostly at art fairs.

They opened their new studio and gallery in August after buying and remodeling the Stoddard building, which is larger than the Bengtsons needed for their own work.

Besides their creations, the gallery sells works - such as jewelry, greeting cards, wood carvings, photography, paintings, collages, pottery and fiber art - made by 10 other area artists. "We will be adding additional artists to diversify the types of art in the gallery," Gary said.

"This is a seasonal business where we will be open Memorial Day through October plus a week after Thanksgiving," Gary said of the gallery. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

At other times, and during the off-season, the gallery is open by chance or by appointment.

For more information, call 608-790-7110 or visit the studio and gallery's Facebook page.

Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc., also known simply as SEH, has moved its La Crosse office to Suite 301 at 329 Jay St. downtown. The office previously was in another downtown location at 312 S. Third St.

The office moved Aug. 11, said Randy Sanford, principal and La Crosse office manager. SEH is leasing the third floor of the building, which is undergoing a major renovation.

SEH is headquartered in St. Paul. It is an employee-owned company of engineers, architects, planners and scientists who serve public- and private-sector clients, Sanford said.

The La Crosse office has nine full-time employees, said Sanford, who has been with SEH for 18 years. "We are helping the La Crosse community through several projects such as riverfront planning, mobility, water, etc.," he said.

SEH has 31 offices, including nine in Wisconsin. For more information, visit or the company's Facebook page.


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


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