July 2, 2008

La Crosse Tribune, Wis., Steve Cahalan Column

By Steve Cahalan, La Crosse Tribune, Wis.

Jul. 2--Nicole Kapellas and her mother, Jeannine Kettner, have purchased the Gossamer Wings Bead Shop in the Jackson Plaza shopping center from Cheri Haug, who opened the store in 2002. It will be closed Monday through next Sunday for remodeling and other changes, Kapellas said, and will reopen July 7 as Gossamer Wings The Bead Shoppe.

"We are changing the look, to reflect our personalities, and adding a fresh new, fun and funky atmosphere," Kapellas said. "There will be new classes, new lines of merchandise, bringing in work of local artists and a few more surprises." She has worked for Haug for four years.

The store sells beads, semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, local artists' jewelry and tools and offers classes and jewelry repair. New hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

A grand re-opening will be held Aug. 1-3.

The store's Web site is www.thebeadshoppe lacrosse.com.

Adam Etrheim has started eContractorBids. com, which he says is a networking tool to facilitate communication and save time for consumers and construction contractors.

The La Crosse firm provides the public with a neutral third-party rating and reviewing system for each local contractor, Etrheim said. "All of our members are pre-screened, rated and reviewed by the people who know them best, their own past custo-mers," he said. "Con-sumers can review each contractor's profile and select the best local contractor for their project." General contractors, homeowners and businesses can post projects for local contractors to bid on, Etrheim said. "Projects are posted by answering a few basic questions, explaining the details of the project, and uploading some pictures," he said. Inexperienced property owners can ask that a representative come to their property, discuss details of the pro-ject and have it posted on the Web site, Etrheim said. There's no charge to consumers for job postings.

The firm's Web site is www.eContractorBids. com and its phone number is (608) 519-1270.

Jared Chelf Web & Graphic Design has opened in La Crosse.

"I'm looking to serve local businesses who need help with their advertising, including Web site, magazine ads, mailer ads, logo design and everything in between," Chelf said. He said his specialties include logo, brochure, catalog, business card and Web site design, flash animation, e-mail marketing, 3-D animation, photography and video editing.

Chelf has a bachelor's degree in multimedia design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and five years of professional experience. His work can be viewed on www.jaredchelf. com. His telephone number is (608) 797-7788.

Scam du jour: Watch out for identity thieves and scammers while you're searching for jobs online, the Better Business Bureau warns.

The bureau says red flags to watch out for include e-mails from purported employers that are full of grammatical and spelling errors, e-mails claiming to be from job-posting Web sites claiming there's a problem with a job hunter's account, an employer asking for extensive personal information such as Social Security or bank account numbers, an employer offering the opportunity to become rich without leaving home, an employer asking for money up front, salary and benefits that seem too good to be true, and an employer asking to have money wired through Western Union or MoneyGram.

For more information, visit www.bbb.org.

Tribune business editor Steve Cahalan can be reached at (608) 791-8229 or [email protected] com.


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