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Mario Villasenor, a native of Mexico, opened Señor Villa Mexican Grill & Bar restaurant a week ago in the former Jade Café location at 325 West Ave. N.

The Mexican restaurant opened last Sunday after extensive remodeling.

Villasenor and his family moved this summer to Onalaska from Eau Claire, where he had nine years of experience as a partner and manager at Cancun Mexican Grill on Clairemont Avenue. He’s no longer a partner at Cancun.

He said the new La Crosse restaurant features quality food and service, and “very fair” prices. “The most popular thing is the fajitas,” he said. “But a lot of people ask for the burritos. And we have very good seafood.”

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit or the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The CherryBerry self-serve frozen yogurt bar in Onalaska closed during Labor Day weekend, owner Jason Madsen said last week.

Madsen, who lives in Sioux Falls, S.D., opened the CherryBerry store in July 2013 at 9348 State Road 16 in the Crosseroads Center shopping center. When it opened, the franchised store offered 21 flavors of frozen yogurt and more than 50 toppings.

No one closes a business that’s doing well, Madsen said, when asked why he closed the Onalaska CherryBerry store. “We weren’t doing what we expected to be doing” in sales, he said.

Madsen said that “for right now” he has no plans to open another CherryBerry store in the La Crosse area.

At press time, Pro Image Sports was expected to open this weekend in the Center Court area of Valley View Mall, next to Express and Buckle.

The 3,000-square-foot store was scheduled to open Saturday, said Laurie Cafe, the mall’s marketing director. The chain’s stores sell licensed sports apparel and accessories. “Their selection of sports merchandise will definitely appeal to our sport-loving shoppers,” Cafe said.

Pro Image Sports began in 1985 in Salt Lake City and today has stores nationwide. For more information, visit

Darcy Thorson opened Nisse Treehouse Childcare and Preschool on Sept. 6 at 206 Second Ave. NW, off Hwy. 44, in Spring Grove, Minn. It’s across the street from Spring Grove public schools.

The new business is in a brand new building and offers care Monday through Friday for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Thorson said it’s licensed by the state to care for up to 85 children.

Nisse Treehouse has 11 full-time and three part-time employees.

Thorson had been providing child care in her home for about three years. “There’s a high demand for child care” in the area, she said of her decision to build Nisse Treehouse. “We thought it would be best to open the center.”

For more information, call 507-450-1203 or visit or the center’s Facebook page.

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

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


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