Steve Cahalan: La Crosse Hy-Vee supermarket, convenience store to open in October – La Crosse Tribune | Candle Made Easy

By Steve Cahalan For the La Crosse Tribune

Steve Cahalan

Supermarket chain Hy-Vee plans to open its new La Crosse grocery store and convenience store next door in October, the company said in its application for permission to apply for a liquor license for the grocery store.

West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee acquired the former Sears department store at Valley View Mall for $2.4 million in September 2020 and is converting it into a supermarket. A Hy-Vee Fast and Fresh convenience store has been built nearby, selling fuel and other necessities.

The company’s application for permission to apply for an alcohol license for the grocery store will be considered by the Judicial and Administrative Committee of La Crosse Common Council at 6pm on August 2nd in the Council Chambers at City Hall. It will be considered by the joint council on August 11th.

Hy-Vee plans to apply for liquor licenses for both the grocery store – which will have a restaurant – and the convenience store. No permit is required to apply for a convenience store alcohol license.

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Michele and Tucker Bills and Michele’s sister Cecilia Kirkland opened Matsumoto Ramen Housea Japanese ramen restaurant, on July 5 at 106 N. Water St. in downtown Sparta.

Michele and her daughter Renee Thacker are chefs at the restaurant, which specializes in a variety of authentic Japanese ramen noodle dishes. Some of the best sellers are Tonkotsu Ramen, made with stewed pork, creamy pork broth, egg, mushrooms, scallions and ginger; Shoyu Ramen prepared with clear soy sauce broth, braised pork, egg, bamboo shoots and green onions; and fish cake.

The restaurant also sells side dishes like gyoza, crispy dumplings filled with pork, chicken, or vegetables; and edamame, which are cooked and salted unripe soybeans in the pod. And it serves desserts like mochi ice cream and melon bars, along with drinks like tea, specialty juices, and soda pop. “We will be serving Japanese beer in the near future,” said Michele Bills.

The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 to 14:30 for lunch, Monday to Thursday from 16:00 to 20:00 and Friday and Saturday from 16:00 to 21:00 for dinner. It is closed on Sunday.

The restaurant’s decoration includes posters depicting Japanese scenes.

Michele and Cecilia are half Japanese, said Michele. “Our father was stationed in the Navy in Japan when he met our Japanese mother,” she said. “We grew up in Japan for a while and then moved to the States.” Matsumoto is her mother’s maiden name, Michele said, explaining the restaurant’s name.

For more information call the restaurant at 608-487-9888 or visit or Facebook or Instagram.

Melissa Thompson opened it Cozy Atmospheres by Mel Home Furnishings and Boutiques on June 6th at 1507 Caledonia St. in La Crosse. It is located in the same building as Exclusively Yours Salon & Boutique.

Thompson had run her home decor business from home for three years before moving to the new location and opening her new boutique there as well. “I’ve worked in retail leadership roles for 25 years,” she said. “Decorating for people and having a boutique are my passions. I like creating cozy and warm spaces that people come home to at the end of the day.”

Speaking at her boutique, she said, “I sell home furnishings such as furniture, window treatments, accessories, throw pillows, wall art and lamps.”

The boutique opening times are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm to 7pm and Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. Appointments for house decoration are possible.

For more information, call 608-792-6301 or visit the Cozy Atmospheres Facebook or Instagram pages. Thompson plans to have a website soon.

Seek Milan laser hair removal Opened in the former BA Burrito Co. restaurant at 2928 Market Place in a multi-tenant building near Walmart in Onalaska.

A remodel is underway in the space where BA Burrito closed in April 2018. An opening date for the Onalaska location was last week from the Milan headquarters in Omaha, Neb.

Founded in 2012, Milan claims to be the nation’s largest provider of laser hair removal with more than 190 locations in 25 states.

For more information about the company, visit or its Facebook page.

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