Steve Cahalan: Downtown La Crosse Toy Store Will Close By Christmas Eve | Company

The toy store at 115 S. Second St. in downtown La Crosse will close on Christmas Eve, according to owners Adam and Erin Wolfe, who opened the toy store in August 2015.

The store hasn’t done enough business to support a family, they said on Friday, announcing a 20% sale on going out of business in a post on the store’s Facebook page.

“That was probably true the whole time we were open, but it’s definitely gotten worse over the last year,” Adam told me later. “My perception is that these are just consumer trends – people aren’t shopping in physical stores as much anymore. They will come to our store and look at our merchandise and then buy it on Amazon.

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Additionally, Adam said, “We’ve always tried to provide unique, family-friendly toys that you won’t find at Walmart or Target. But I think there is a drop in demand for those.

The toy store‘s last day will be Christmas Eve, or when its inventory has sold out, whichever comes first. For more information, visit or Facebook.

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La Crosse Indoor Self Storage opened Oct. 16 in about a third of the former SkipperLiner boat manufacturing building at 123 Marina Drive on French Island. American Marine leases the other two-thirds of the building, where boat manufacturing ended in 2014.

Pete Griffith, son of former SkipperLiner owner Jeb Griffith, owns the former manufacturing building as well as the former SkipperLiner office building. He told me last week that several companies rent space in the office building, where he has additional space for rent.

“There was a need in this area, and this was an optimal location for it,” Pete said of his decision to create 303 self-storage units for rent in a third of the former factory. boat building. “Something that was temperature controlled, secure, well lit, dry, clean and new.”

On a 15,000 square foot footprint, in a building with ceilings as high as 50 feet, Griffith has created three levels of self-storage units, ranging in size from 5 feet by 5 feet to 10 feet by 21 feet. Each unit is 10 feet tall.

Griffith said the heated and air-conditioned self-storage business amenities include a large drive-in garage for loading and unloading an automobile, an elevator, mobile carts, 37 security cameras, plenty of lighting and a access to the coded keypad. Units are rented on a monthly basis and each customer has their own security code, Griffith said. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

For more information, call 608-802-8608 or visit or the new facility’s Facebook page.

As of press time, Saturday was to be the last day for Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill at 3039 Medco Ct. in La Crosse.

As I mentioned in a September column, the restaurant will be extensively remodeled before it reopens as Milwaukee Burger Co.

“Our plan at the moment is to tentatively reopen on November 18” with the new name and new concept, Randy Wigdal told me last week. He was general manager of Grizzly since it opened in 1997 and will serve as general manager of Milwaukee Burger Co.

For more information, visit the Facebook page of the local Milwaukee Burger Co. restaurant.

Look for a Planet Fitness will open around the end of December in the former APAC Customer Services call center at 3131 State Hwy. 16, at the far north end of La Crosse.

As of June 30, the fitness center chain had 1,859 locations.

Customers began registering Friday in a trailer next to the former APAC space, which is being renovated. The hours of operation of the trailer are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on the channel, visit

Rock&Ride The indoor cycling studio opened in early October in its new location, the basement of the City Square building at 444 Main Street in downtown La Crosse.

Leonardo Silva opened the business in 2015 in Onalaska and moved it in 2016 to 601 S. Third St. in downtown La Crosse. He moved it from there to the City Square building.

“It’s a much bigger space,” Silva said. “And it’s more central” and in an area with more foot traffic, he said.

“The move gives us much-needed space to add more bike trainers, as well as a dedicated weights area for smaller groups,” Silva said.

Clients bring their own bike to class or to open riding. The rear wheel of their bicycle is connected to a training device to simulate outdoor riding in various circumstances. A digital display gives information to the cyclist and helps him to follow a training plan.

For more information, call 608-561-2767 or visit or the studio’s Facebook page.

Billy Bergeron opened Bluffland Biofeedback and says biofeedback is one of the best ways to manage stress in one’s life due to illness, injury, chronic pain and illness.

Bluffland Biofeedback uses LIFE System equipment that can monitor biological functions to help manage stress and harmonize bodily systems, Bergeron said. Biofeedback does not diagnose or treat disease, but is a technique that measures bodily functions and provides information to help manage conditions caused or worsened by stress.

Bergeron is also an innkeeper. He and Brandon Rigger opened Bed & Breakfast Castle La Crosse in 2017.

Bluffland Biofeedback is by appointment only, and office or home calls are available. For more information, call 608-799-3531 or visit or Facebook.

Steve Cahalan can be reached at [email protected] or 608-791-8441.

Steve Cahalan can be reached at [email protected] or 608-791-8441.

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