Apex Hobby Shop in La Crosse added a second location last week — in Sparta — and probably will have a third one soon — in Orlando, Fla.
The new store opened Friday at 138 N. Water St. in downtown Sparta. Hours are 2 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Sparta store’s grand opening will be Aug. 1, Robert Arguelles said.
He and his wife, Meghan, opened their La Crosse hobby shop in 2013 at 1918 Campbell Road after moving from Green Bay to La Crosse. The store doubled in size when it moved to 1910 Campbell Road this past January.
The store sells collectible card games such as Pokemon, as well as family — oriented board games. It also hosts and runs competitive tournaments for those who enjoy playing collectible card games.
“We have a lot of customers from Sparta and Tomah who said they would come to our store more often if it was closer,” Robert Arguelles said of the decision to add a Sparta location, which also sells games and offers organized play. For more information, check the Sparta store’s Facebook page.
Arguelles, who is a Florida native, said he and his wife soon will move to Orlando, Fla., where they probably will open a third Apex store. The couple and Apex’s other owner, La Crosse certified public accountant Robert Bollig, also plan to continue the La Crosse and Sparta locations.
Toby Farley opened The Great Escape of La Crosse last week at 203 S. Fourth St. in downtown La Crosse.
It’s the third escape room business to open downtown this year. “Everybody’s rooms are different,” Farley said of the three businesses. Escape rooms are a new type of interactive game in which people have to solve puzzles and follow clues to escape the room within a set period of time.
The Great Escape has four escape rooms, whose themes are crime scene investigation, Mad Hatter, bank robbery and blackout. It also offers scavenger hunts.
Reservations are recommended for events, which will be Wednesday through Sunday and at other times by appointment. The Great Escape’s phone number is 608-571-ROOM (7666), its website is www.escapelacrosse.com and it also is on Facebook.
The Great Escape’s grand opening probably will be in late July or early August, Farley said.
Ohana Yoga Studio will open in September in the former The Rusty Awning location at 126 S. Leonard St. in downtown West Salem, said Tina Wehrs, one of the studio’s owners.
It will offer various forms and levels of yoga for people of all ages, Wehrs said. For more information, visit www.ohanayogastudio.com.
The Rusty Awning bistro and gift shop closed at the end of April, a year after that had become the new name of the former Clinic Pharmacy Gifts & More. With the switch to The Rusty Awning name in April 2015, its owner dropped the pharmacy part of the business and added a bistro that began serving food the following June.
A new Kwik Trip opened Thursday at the former Alco discount store site at 608 Esch Drive, along Hwy. 44 in Caledonia, Minn. An open house will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The Alco store closed in January 2015, and the building was demolished to make way for the Kwik Trip. The new convenience store is much larger than Kwik Trip’s previous Caledonia location, which also was along Hwy. 44.
The old location closed the night before the new one opened and has been put up for sale. The new Kwik Trip is open 24 hours a day.
Alco was a small-town discount retailer with 198 stores in 23 states. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2014. Later that year, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas approved an order sought by Alco’s creditors to close all of the stores.