Rafael Mendoza and his wife, Mariana Acevedo, plan to open Mexican Tamales restaurant sometime in May at 306 Sand Lake Road, across from the Center 90 shopping center in Onalaska.

The Mexican restaurant will be in the former location of Lindy’s Subs & Salads, which moved to Center 90 in 2013. “We will have tamales, gorditas, tacos and much more,” Mendoza said.

“It will be traditional Mexican food,” Acevedo added. She and her husband are natives of Mexico and have lived in La Crosse for the past 12 years. They also own a floor installation business.

“My wife likes to cook,” Mendoza said of the couple’s decision to open a Mexican restaurant.

Jill and Russ Riggs opened their new Tri R Store on March 2 in Suite 114 in the Mercantile Center at 120 Sunset Ridge, along state Hwy. 131, in Gays Mills. The store’s grand opening will be Wednesday through March 13.

The store sells new and used merchandise, including unique, antique and vintage items, Jill Riggs said. “We have a little bit of everything,” she added, “such as knickknacks, hand towels, porcelain dolls, crocheted and knitted items, and new and antique tools.”

The Riggses also operate the Garage Sale Barn, which they started four years ago in a building near their home between Gays Mills and Steuben. And they’ve operated Tri R Catering since 2013.

Tri R Store’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Riggs said she and her husband probably will expand hours this summer. The store’s telephone number is 608-735-4899 and it is on Facebook. The business soon will have a website, Riggs said.

Liberty Tax Service opened in February at 600 S. Fourth St., a former Hertz car rental location, in downtown La Crosse.

The local office is owned by Liberty Tax Service, which is based in Virginia Beach, Va., and has more than 4,000 offices nationwide. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through the tax-filing season, local office manager Elise Krueger said.

The office will be open year-round, Krueger said. After tax season ends, the office helps people with such things as amending tax returns, audits, general questions about tax laws and offering tax classes.

Four people work in the office, and Krueger said she plans to hire a couple more tax preparers.

For more information, call the local office at 608-780-5363 or visit www.libertytax.com or the company’s Facebook page.

Two stores closed in February in Valley View Mall.

Beeh’s Boutique closed Feb. 29. But it will launch an online store soon, owner Kayoua Thao said.

She and her husband Pengyee Lee had started the store in December 2012 in the Bridgeview Plaza shopping center, and moved it to Valley View Mall in April 2014. Thao said sales at the mall location weren’t high enough, considering the amount of rent she was paying there.

Thao said she might open another storefront in the future, but for now will sell online.

The mall store sold such things as hair accessories, watches, jewelry, scarves, sunglasses, cosmetics, purses, wallets, belts, key chains and toy novelties.

The Finish Line store in Valley View Mall closed a week earlier. The Finish Line Inc. chain’s stores sell athletic shoes, apparel and accessories.

The La Crosse store’s last day open was Feb. 20, said Ashley Gibbons, a spokeswoman at Finish Line headquarters in Indianapolis. “The closing of our Valley View Mall location is part of our normal course of business as we open and close stores based on the results and demand in the market,” she said.

On Jan. 7, the chain announced plans to close up to 150 stores, or 25 percent of its store base, over the next four years in an effort to improve profitability.

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

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