After an extensive renovation, 4 Sisters 4th Street Bar and Catering opened Jan. 4 in the former Consumers Bakery building at 133 S. Fourth St. in downtown La Crosse.
It’s an extension of the 4 Sisters Wine Bar & Tapas restaurant that three sisters and their sister-in-law opened in 2010 at 100 Harborview Plaza downtown. They will continue to operate that business as well.
Corynn Wieland (the sister-in-law) said the original restaurant did only a limited amount of catering because of space constraints. The catering now operates from the large kitchen at the new Fourth Street location.
The bar in the front of the Fourth Street building features 32 wine bottles on tap, where customers can self-serve once they have obtained the necessary card. The wine system was imported from Italy. The bar also has six beers on tap, as well as bottled beer, mixed drinks and a small selection of food items.
The bar serves boards with cheeses, meats or sweets, and its food menu will expand by spring. Also in the spring, a walk-up window will open late at night for selling pasties — a folded pastry that’s typically filled with meat, vegetables or cheese. The bar’s food selection will change during the year.
The bar opens at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. By March, it also will be open on Sundays, said Lori Helke, one of the sisters. The bar’s Jan. 27 and 28 grand opening will feature drink specials and complimentary food.
The building was constructed in 1884. The renovation included exposing its original brick walls and maple wood floor and restoring the original tin ceiling. For more information, call 608-519-5940 or check the new location’s Facebook page.
Deb Groshek has opened Tapestry LLC in downtown Onalaska, where she mostly sells fair-trade gift items from around the world.
“I sell handmade products from around the world that offer fair wages to artisans,” Groshek said of her store, which opened in December at 200 Main St. It’s in the former location of Apefish & Co. Salvage & Resale, which moved to 214 Main St. effective Oct. 1.
Tapestry sells such things as jewelry, women’s accessories, household items, chocolate, and cookie, soup and salsa mixes. Most of Groshek’s merchandise comes from other nations, such as India, Kenya, Ghana, Ecuador, Peru and Guatemala. She estimated fair-trade items account for 85 to 90 percent of what she sells.
The store also sells some things made by area artisans, such as candles, artwork, and dog blankets and dog toys.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and at other times by appointment. The store also occasionally is open on Saturdays and some evenings.
Tapestry’s telephone number is 608-519-5920 and the business also is on Facebook. Groshek hopes to have a website in the near future.
The combination Orange Julius/Dairy Queen in Valley View Mall closed Jan. 3.
Orange Julius had been a tenant in the mall ever since the it opened in 1980. It was across the hall from the most recent location, until it moved to help make way for the Barnes & Noble bookstore that opened in October 2006.
The store reopened in January 2006 as a combination Orange Julius/Dairy Queen.
“Orange Julius/Dairy Queen is looking for a new franchisee to take over the location,” said Laurie Cafe, the mall’s marketing director. Anyone interested in doing that can contact the mall office for more information, she said last week.
“We’re working on other unique opportunities for food vendors to be added to the mall in 2016,” Cafe added.
Jan. 30 will be the last day for Bramble Bookstore at 213 Main St. in downtown Viroqua.
The Viroqua store is closing because of a continuing five-year decline in sales, according to its Facebook page. The store began in 1995. For more information, visit its Facebook page.