Robert and Meghan Arguelles have doubled the size of their Apex Hobby Shop, with its move to the former Secret Sun tanning salon location at 1910 Campbell Road, across from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

The hobby shop had about 1,500 square feet of space at 1918 Campbell Road, where it began in December 2013. The new location — which at press time was expected to open last week after extensive remodeling — has about 3,100 square feet of space, Meghan Arguelles said.

“We’re still next to Eagle’s Nest (Sports Bar & Grill),” she said. “But now we’re on the other side of Eagle’s Nest.”

The hobby shop needed more room for merchandise, and especially needed more room for game playing, Arguelles said.

Apex Hobby Shop sells collectible card games such as Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z, as well as family-oriented board games. It also hosts and runs competitive tournaments for those who enjoy playing collectible card games.

The store’s re-grand opening celebration will probably be in mid-January, at about the time of the release of a new set of the card game Magic: The Gathering, Arguelles said.

Store hours are noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The store’s website is and it also is on Facebook.

Owners Louise Coughlin and Marci Cordes plan to move Cottage Garden Floral in a few weeks to the former Baskets of Yarn location at 2026 Rose Court, off Rose Street on the North Side of La Crosse.

They tentatively plan to open at the new location about Feb. 1, Coughlin said. The shop will remain open at its current location at 1526 Rose St. until about Jan. 30, she said.

The floral shop has been at its current location for five years. It began in 2002 at 14 Copeland Ave., and was the first business to open in the Three Rivers Plaza development on Copeland Avenue in March 2006.

“We’ll have very good parking and very good visibility” at the new location, Coughlin said. It also has a large front lawn area where outdoor plants will be on display.

Store hours will remain 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Cordes said.

Cottage Garden Floral sells fresh-cut flowers, floral arrangements, green and blooming plants, and gifts. Fresh-cut flowers account for about 80 percent of its business, and many of them are for funerals, weddings, business events and parties. For more information, visit

Beaver Creek Antiques & Resale opened Jan. 1 at 103 N. Water St. in downtown Sparta.

The new business sells antiques, collectibles, furniture and more. Its focus is on unique items, such as an antique cabinet with carved hedgehog feet that gets a lot of attention from visitors to the store.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. The store’s telephone number is 608-633-1708, and the business is on Facebook.

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