CAMP DOUGLAS—Janet and Steve Horstman of rural Sparta have opened Target Bluff German Haus Shops in part of the former Target Bluff German Haus restaurant near the Interstate 90-94 Camp Douglas exit.
And they’re talking to prospective operators about opening a restaurant and bar in the large former bar area of the German restaurant, which closed in 2014.
“It’s an artisan marketplace,” Janet said last week of the shops part of the building, which opened in May and now has 34 vendors selling such things as antiques, crafts, jewelry, lotions, giftware and Wisconsin-made consumable items such as cheese, meats, wine, jellies and coffee.
Sadie Wilke Photography’s studio recently opened in another part of the building, Janet said.
As of next spring, Steve will be operating a cheese and meat shop in part of the former restaurant’s dining room; arts and crafts vendors’ items also will be in the former dining room; and antiques will be in the current marketplace area.
The Horstmans bought the building in late 2016 and continue to renovate it. Janet, who also is a secretary at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, said she plans to hold a fall event at the marketplace the first weekend in November and a Christmas event the first weekend in December.
For now, the marketplace’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 608-487-4674 or visit Target Bluff’s Facebook page.