Jennifer Davis and her son, Levi Tanner, have opened Primitive Parlor Salon and Barber in the Powell Place building at 200 Main St. in downtown La Crosse.

The new business opened in June and is owned by Davis, who has been a hair stylist for 25 years. Tanner graduated recently from The Salon Professional Academy in Onalaska. “He was looking for a job as a barber, and we decided the best option was to open this,” Davis said.

“He’s a traditional barber (who offers shaves as well as haircuts) but has a lot of modern flair with his cuts,” Davis said of her son. “He does a lot of hair art,” and can create many kinds of designs.

An esthetician who rents space on the mezzanine level offers body waxing, facials, chemical peels and makeup, and Davis is looking for massage therapists and another stylist. She also plans to begin offering pedicures and manicures by the end of summer.

Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are available. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. Primitive Parlor’s phone number is 608-799-1230. Primitive Parlor is on Facebook and soon will have a website.

The Canoe Bar and North Bend Canoe Rental have opened on the lower level of the former Riverview Inn at N608 North Bend Drive, near the Black River in North Bend.

The two seasonal businesses are owned by Dave Macdonald and managed by his daughter, Stephanie Young, and her husband, Jordan Young. The inn was started in 1978 by Stephanie’s grandparents, John and Ardes Macdonald. Later, it was owned by Dave Macdonald and his brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Kim Macdonald, until it closed in 2014.

“The (Riverview Inn) supper club remains closed,” Stephanie said. But the bar opened June 17 and the canoe and kayak rental business opened Memorial Day weekend.

The bar is expected to be open through mid-September; hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The canoe/kayak rental and shuttle service business operates seven days a week but will be by reservation only after Labor Day.

Popular drinks at the bar include the Old Fashioned, made with the Riverview Inn recipe. The bar also offers snack items and may eventually add traditional bar food. It has inside and outside seating, and a new outside deck that overlooks the river.

For more information, call 608-488-2147, or the Facebook page that the two businesses share.

Dave Macdonald also recently reopened a convenience store along Highway 54 in North Bend that the family previously operated.

Now called Man Cave Convenience and Consignments, the business at W16135 Hwy. 54 has traditional convenience store items such as candy, bread, milk and beer, as well as things primarily geared toward men, such as canoes, fishing gear, all-terrain vehicles and golf carts. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Hours may change after summer.

Ideal Decorating opened June 27 in the south half of the former Kozelka’s Men’s Wear building in downtown Prairie du Chien. Kozelka’s closed last December.

The furniture and home decor store at 120 N. Beaumont Road is the third Ideal Decorating location. The stores are owned by Jon Scherbring and Kelly Milbert, both of Dyersville, Iowa, where the original store opened. The other location is in Guttenberg, Iowa.

The new Prairie du Chien location sells furniture, mattresses, lighting, accessories, rugs, artwork and other decor. “We’re always bringing in new things,” store manager Julie Banker said.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The store’s telephone number is 608-380-1569 and it also is on Facebook. Its grand opening probably will be later this summer, Banker said.

The Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien owns the building and plans to have a cafe and an adult daycare in the north half.

Steve Cahalan can be reached at or at 608-782-9710, ext. 8819. Cassandra Colson of the Jackson County Chronicle contributed to this column.