Dan Nelson is expanding his Catgut Marina operation on French Island by adding another eatery, 70 boat slips and a boat and parts sales and service facility.
In 2011, Nelson opened Tom Sawyer’s Bar & Grill at 136 Clinton St., next to his rebuilt Catgut Marina, on the south side of that street.
Construction is under way on the new Castaways on the Island at 131 Clinton St. – on the north side of the street. “It will be La Crosse’s newest dockside pub and eatery,” Nelson said. He plans to open it around May 15.
Construction also has begun on 70 boat slips near Castaways. Reservations are being taken for 50 new rental boat slips; the other 20 will be transient slips for use by customers of Tom Sawyer’s and Castaways.
Nelson’s company also has purchased the Bob’s Bait & Tackle building at 129 Clinton St. and will convert it into a boat and boat parts sales and service facility once the bait and tackle shop moves to its new location.
For reservations for the new boat slips or more information about the expansion project, call 608-790-7761.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle owner Scott Gartner will expand and rename his business Island Outdoors when it opens sometime in June at its new location at 1330 Bainbridge St. on French Island. It will be around the corner from the bait shop’s current location at 129 Clinton St.
The new building is under construction and will be “way bigger” than his current building, Gartner said. While he will continue to sell bait and fishing equipment, Gartner will greatly expand the other kinds of outdoor gear that he sells and rents.
Island Outdoors will sell such things as outdoor apparel, hammocks, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, water bikes, pedal boats, snow shoes, Vexilar marine electronics, crossbows and hunting accessories. “We’ll also carry more fly-fishing gear than we have now,” Gartner said.
Tactical Escape 101 opened March 18 on the second floor of the King on 5th building at 505 King St. It’s the first of three escape room businesses opening this spring in downtown La Crosse.
Owners Justin and Jennifer Fonfara of Rice Lake opened their first Tactical Escape 101 in March 2015 in that community and have since added locations in Hayward, Eau Claire and La Crosse.
Participants are in a locked room for a set time – one hour or less – and use elements of the room to solve puzzles, find clues and escape. Escape-the-room games have been popular in Asia and Europe for years, Justin Fonfara said.
The themes of the three rooms at the La Crosse location are Dining Deliberations, Family Game Night and Peace, Love and Puzzles.
Tactical Escape 101 is for people of all ages. Businesses also make reservations for team-building events, Fonfara said.
For reservations, call 715-418-0012. For more information, visit www.tacticalescape101.com or Facebook.
As for the two other escape-room businesses, La Crosse Escape Room is expected to open sometime in April at 319 Main St. And The Great Escape of La Crosse plans to open in mid-May at 203 S. Fourth St. I’ll have more on those two as they open.
Debo’s Resale opened March 12 at 726 S. Seventh St., in the same building as the La Crosse Hearing Aid Center.
Deb Heiden owns the new business, which buys and sells used furniture, home decor and costume jewelry.
Her son, Max Heiden, helps her run the store and also repairs iPads and iPhones and sells refurbished ones.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call the store at 608-498-9719 or visit its Facebook page.
Heiden said she grew up in La Crosse and returned two years ago, after working for McDonald’s restaurants in eastern Wisconsin for 21 years. She was a McDonald’s district manager during her past eight years with the chain. “This is kind of my retirement job,” she said of her new business.
The Holmen office of Coverra Insurance Services is moving effective Wednesday to 3803 Creekside Lane, in the office park north of the Holmen McDonald’s restaurant.
Coverra also has offices in Sparta and Tomah. It’s an independent insurance agency representing more than 30 insurance companies, President Gary Ascher said. Its primary focus is business insurance, including property, general liability, commercial auto and workers compensation insurance. But it also offers personal insurance such as home and auto.
The Holmen office is moving from 1111 Linden Drive because it needed more room, Ascher said. It opened in 2006 with two employees, now has five and continues to grow.
At the new location “We will have nine offices, and we had room to add a conference room and a classroom,” Ascher said. “The classroom can be used for company meetings and safety training classes that we offer to our customers.”
Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit www.coverrainsurance.com or Facebook.
Tim and Peggy Reget of rural Mindoro have purchased the former Party Tables LLC business and renamed it T-Bird’s Table Rentals, LLC.
They have 40 white picnic tables for rent to people who need them for such events as graduation, confirmation, wedding and company parties. Cost is $14 per table for a one-day rental.
T-Bird’s delivers, sets up and picks up the tables. Delivery is free within 50 miles of Holmen.
For more information, call 608-406-3296 or e-mail email@example.com.