Thrifty Pickin’s and Widner Wood Creations have moved to the former Main Street Mercantile building at 219 Central Ave., along Hwy. 14/61 in downtown Coon Valley. And owners of the two businesses have begun renting spaces in the large building to vendors.

Thrifty Pickin’s owner Tiffany Rundhaugen started her business four years ago in her Coon Valley home, and more recently operated it at 303 Central Ave. She repurposes furniture and other items and sells them along with home decor, crafts, signs and other merchandise.

Tony Widner owns Widner Wood Creations and has been making and selling wood furniture and home decor. He operated from his Viroqua home until he and Rundhaugen began leasing the former Main Street Mercantile building.

Both businesses moved to the new location at the end of March.

A week ago, vendors began selling such things as handmade jewelry, signs, repurposed furniture, antiques, barn wood furniture and used clothing. A grand opening for the entire building is planned for May 13-15.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Rundhaugen at 608-792-5484 or Widner at 608-632-9424 or check the Facebook pages for their businesses.

Janet Mootz opened her new Gallery M art gallery, and the new office for her Janet Mootz Photography business, on April 1 in Suite 140 in the lower level of the Wieser Professional Building at 33 S. Walnut St. in downtown La Crescent.

Mootz started her photography business in 2004 and had been operating it from her La Crescent home. Cary Wyninger, a local painter and photographer, helps her run the new gallery.

The gallery sells prints of Mootz photos, as well as artwork by Wyninger and other artists. “We’ll have a gallery reception every time we have a lot of new artwork come through,” Mootz said.

“We didn’t really have a place like this in La Crescent,” said Mootz, who has decided to limit her portrait photography sessions and focus on teaching, creating her own images and showing the works of other artists.

Mootz teaches photography classes and hopes to offer classes in such things as knitting, crocheting and possibly drawing and illustration. She welcomes suggestions for class topics.

Gallery hours are Wednesday by appointment only, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 608-792-2382 or visit www.janetmootz.com or the Facebook page for Mootz’s two businesses.

Wausau Homes builder Dennis O’Brien has opened his office and design studio in Suite 110 at 605 Second Ave. S. in Onalaska. The public is invited to an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

The office and design studio opened in early April near Hangers to Hems.

People can go to the design studio and choose from 119 new home designs, then customize their choice using 3D design software that lets them “walk” through every room. Wausau Home builders offer a firm price and a firm move-in date upfront.

Hours at the new Onalaska location are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and evenings and weekends by appointment. For more information, call the office at 608-781-5000 or visit www.wausauhomes.com/find-a-builder/onalaska-wisconsin or the new office’s Facebook page.

Steve Cahalan can be reached at stevecahalan.reporter@gmail.com or at 608-782-9710, ext. 8819.

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