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Jolene Quinn has started Ole’s Pizza Co., a catering business that also serves its pizza and other food at public events.

Quinn had a professional mobile kitchen built for her business. The kitchen trailer made its debut at the North Side Festgrounds during Oktoberfest. Ole’s Pizza is based at the Coulee Region Business Center (also known as the small business incubator) at 1100 Kane St.

The new business is best known for its pizzas, especially Jo’s Taco Pizza, which are made by Dave Olson, former owner of Happy Joe’s Pizza and Ice Cream restaurants in La Crosse and Onalaska. “Ole” is his nickname.

Since last November, Olson also has been making pizzas for Ole’s Pizza nights on Wednesdays at Premier Catering at 1906 Ward Ave.

Besides a large variety of pizzas, Ole’s Pizza catering menu also includes calzones, oven-baked pastas, wraps and other sandwiches, salads, soups, appetizers and desserts.

Quinn said she retired in July after 39 years with Xcel Energy. She also has many years of experience operating restaurants and another catering business.

For more information, call 608-782-2202 or visit or the firm’s Facebook page.

Revolution Coffee & Wine Bar at 38 Main St. in downtown Black River Falls will have a soft opening during the annual downtown Christkindl Festival on Dec. 3.

James and Andrea Hoffman recently created Revitalize Our Hometown, LLC, which bought the downtown building Sept. 29. Dan Moen and his The Artisan Preservation Co. are renovating it for the Hoffmans as the general contractor.

The Hoffmans’ friend, Carrie Timp, is leasing the building and will own and operate the coffee and wine bar. “Carrie and I share a passion for great conversation and friendship over coffee, and yummy baked goods,” Andrea Hoffman said.

Revolution Coffee & Wine Bar will feature coffee products, light breakfasts, baked goods, lunch, soups, appetizers and a wine bar, James Hoffman said. “There will also be special events with local music talents and other activities.”

“Andrea has a desire to revitalize the downtown in Black River Falls,” he said of his wife. The Hoffmans are looking for additional entrepreneurs with a business plan who want to locate in downtown Black River Falls, he said.

Cindy and Jeff Waughtal plan to open JC’s Pizza & Pub soon in the former Dueces Bar & Grill at N378 Hwy. 108, three miles south of Melrose.

The Waughtals operated JC’s Pizza & Pub in downtown Melrose from 2000 to 2007.

“We are shooting for a Nov. 1 opening but will open when we finish what we need to get done,” Cindy Waughtal said last week. She and her husband are updating the kitchen and bar areas.

Waughtal said she and her husband purchased the Dueces location Sept. 2. Dueces opened in January in what previously was the HiWay Inn.

JC’s Pizza & Pub will serve “many other items” besides pizza and will have a full bar, Cindy said. “We both agreed I needed ‘something to do’ and the opportunity came along at the right time,” she said of the couple’s decision to open the pizza restaurant and pub.

Journey Active fitness studio will open Oct. 31 at 1245 Badger St., on the second floor of the new Aguilera building in La Crosse. The entrance is on the east side of the building.

“That whole week (Oct. 31 to Nov. 4) will be our ‘free week’ where people can come in and try their first class for free,” said Devan Weis, who her husband Kevin owns the new business.

The studio will focus on group classes when it opens, and there also will be open gym hours. “We will also be phasing in small group training, personal training and online training,” Devan Weis said.

The studio also will have monthly seminars/educational sessions where people can learn more about all aspects of wellness, she said. Information about those will be on Journey Active’s website under “health explorations.”

The class schedule is available at and the business also is on Facebook. Journey Active’s telephone number is 608-433-2406.

Paul and Monica Tiffany opened the McGregor Mercantile paint and hardware store on Sept. 30 at 258 Main St. in downtown McGregor, Iowa.

The Tiffanys also own Preferred Painters painting service. They bought the downtown building last December to use for that business, and later decided to also open a retail paint and hardware store there.

“When we bought the building we were just going to use it for our shop to store ladders, sprayers, equipment, etc.,” Monica said. “We then partnered with Benjamin Moore in order to be able to tint and shake our own paint on site. Then we figured since we have everything here, why not use the front part of the building for retail space” for people who decide to do their own painting.

The Tiffanys renovated the building, which was constructed in 1879.

The new store sells Benjamin Moore paint, American Paint Co. chalk paint, painting accessories, stains, hardware and small tools. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed Sunday. The store’s telephone number is 563-873-2006. The business also is on Facebook.

The Starbucks coffee chain opened its new Tomah store on Sept. 30 at 224 Buan St. on the city’s North Side.

The new store has about 30 employees. Starbucks has more than 24,000 stores around the world. For more information, visit

Steve Cahalan can be reached at or at 608-782-9710, ext. 8819. The Tomah Journal contributed to this column.


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Do you know what ole said the first time he saw Pizza?
"Who Trew up on da lefse"


Does Happy Joe's know they are serving their taco pizza?

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