July 9, 2008

Mayor, Wife Opens McGregor’s Top Shelf

By Steve Cahalan, La Crosse Tribune, Wis.

Jul. 9--The community's mayor, Roger Knott, and his wife, Lora, opened McGregor's Top Shelf last week at 221 Main St. in downtown McGregor, Iowa. The new store specializes in deli meats, cheeses, wines, liquor, specialty beers and gourmet food items. "Quality meats are probably the bulk of our sales," Knott said. "We have everything from hot dogs to choice ribeyes." Almost all of the store's meats are from the Edgewood Locker in Edgewood, Iowa.

The building is brand new, but has the look and feel of an old general store, Knott said. Its second floor has Top Shelf B&B (bed and bath), a two-bedroom apartment with a balcony and deck that's available for rent by the night.

Store hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The phone number is (563) 873-1717.

Robert Coates and Kim Lombard have opened 2Fifteen Clothing in the former Flashback location at 2001 State Road in La Crosse.

The store opened in late May and sells men's and women's apparel and accessories. It soon will begin selling children's apparel as well, Coates said. "We cater to people who want to look nice but not spend a lot of money," he said.

A grand opening will be held in mid-August, Coates said. Store hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The phone number is (608) 784-1215. Vision Hypnosis has moved to an office in the Natural Connection health food store at 1012 Superior Ave. in downtown Tomah, Wis.

Andrew Helmann, a certified hypnotherapist, owns Vision Hypnosis. He said treatments include helping clients stop smoking, lose weight, overcome addictions, resolve phobias, relieve emotional issues such as anger and jealously, and to have more self-confidence to make changes in their lives.

Helmann's Web site is www.visionhypnosis.com, and his phone number is (608) 554-0240.

Scam du jour: The latest sweepstakes scams feature con artists impersonating government officials, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Some con artists try to convince consumers to send in money to claim a prize they've supposedly won. They say the only thing that separates the consumer from their winnings is a fee to cover the taxes or service charges. But the winnings as described never materialize.

The con artists are getting bolder, using names of government agencies and legitimate phone numbers that mask where they're calling from, the federal agency states. They're using names such as the non-existent National Sweepstakes Bureau and even the FTC.

For more information, visit www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/


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


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