I moved from this area awhile back. I miss A Sheer Encounter so much. I was there when they opened their first shoppe in Elmhurst on Spring Road and am SO PLEASED to see how much they've grown. This is the ONLY shoppe that consistently gave me the best cuts and perms. I wish I could fly the owner up here or I could go there when in town. I'm sorry, I don't remember her name, but I remember she had blond hair (at the time anyway) was young (then again so was I, LOL) and she had a sister who was a stylist and likely partner. The only trouble I ever had there was looking up the phone number. I'd have trouble remembering to put the letter "A" in front of the name as it's called "A Sheer Encounter."
PROS: consistenely perfect for me
This is located in downtown La Crosse which is known for its horrible parking.
The People's Co-Op is fairly clean, very organic and interesting. Much is sold in bulk form which is good sometimes. The prices are high though. Even with high prices and terrible parking, this store seems fairly busy for a downtown store.
I also witnessed what I believe was a supervisor admonishing a subordinate. This should never be done in public. I don't know what the problem was, but I was embarressed for the employee.
CONS: parking & prices
On a hot summer's night, ice cream is what's in order. However sometimes you just don't feel like fighting traffic for ice cream. So if you're in this south side La Crosse neighboorhood you'll find Ranison's nestled in an unusual spot --- it seems like it's in the middle of a neighborhood! No kidding. There are houses all around....maybe a laundromat close but that's about it.
Ranisons carries the American favorite of ice cream that hits the spot AND candies for us choco-holics.
I recommend this on a hot summer day or night.
PROS: out of the way
CONS: out of the way
I had a big case coming up and needed pictures printed from my digital camera. Oh no, my printer broke all of a sudden and the other had no ink in it (besides it was not photo quality).
I phoned Mays Photo and brought in the image card... two days later I had all the sets of pictures I needed for my case. The prints were flawless and printed exactly as I asked (some parts zoomed in on).
PERFECT and I highly recommend to others.
PROS: Fast and reliable
Before Wal Mart Superstores came around folks would drive for fifty miles to come to Woodman's. This is a HUGE supermarket, privately owned by its employees.
The prices were great, especially if you purchased in bulk. However since TWO Super Wal Marts came, Woodman's prices have gone up. There still are deals to be found and there still are the bashed cans specials (which are great) but the prices have steadily gone up in the last year.
I go to Woodman's now only for the specials. The lines are long sometimes but they do have curbside grocery pick up.
The Julia Belle Swain is on the Mississippi River. You can rent the entire boat for a certain amount of time (big bucks) or an area (like to have a party or something...... large bucks, but not BIG bucks).
The Julia Belle Swain also has public cruises that are not that much money....AND they have public cruises that offer brunches, lunches (depending on the day) and dinner cruises. What fun. It's not cheap, but it's not super pricey. This would be great to take out of town guests on or to treat a special loved one. You can even call ahead and make special arrangements (such as an engagement...a special area/table)
Good gosh, I almost forgot...the Julia Belle Swain is a PADDLEBOAT and it's very well maintained.
PROS: a ton of fun
CONS: a little spendy
I was having a hard financial time. Plus my husband AND a stepdaughter had arrived home after my husband was away. He had lost his job and my stepdaughter had also moved in. I was having a hard time making ends meet on my Social Security Disability monthly payment. I was directed to "The Cathetral" and ask for help.
I was given an appointment and asked to bring documentation. It wasn't much. My Driver's License, a copy of my energy bill and things like that.
I arrived on time and was greeted by a very nice woman. (by the way, the inside of the cathetral is absolutely beautiful!). The woman took my information and I poured out my circumstances to her. She smiled and actually patted my hand.
She made copies of my bill so she'd be sure to have the correct information and told me that they could help me a little. I won't forget their kindness and someday all that have helped me in my MANY times of need, I will repay somehow. Just like in the movie, "Pay it Forward"..... I WILL do kindness back.
PROS: Very Kind
Saint Patrick's Parish in Onalaska is a wonderful group of parishioners (sp?) and clergy alike. I do not personally attend Catholic Mass any longer, but my family does. This is my father's parish.
I have had contact with Saint Pat's though. During a time of extreme financial hardship I was told to call St. Pat's and respectfully request assistance with energy bills. I was interviewed on the phone by such a caring gentleman and gentle-man. He told me that the parish, as many others are low on funds, but he could help me. He believed in ME and he didn't even know me. The church and Pastor believed in me also and they didn't know that my own father attends mass.
I will never forget them......and I will keep them in MY prayers.
CONS: absolutely none
The location says it's on Lang Drive. REMEMBER Lang Drive is also George Street, West Avenue too. Actually this is on the corner of the main river road and George/Lang/West. It's next to the Shopko store.
Sure they have some nice stuff -- especially in the window display. A lot of it I'd like to take home right from the display. HOWEVER the prices are out of this world. Usually things in this world are rented by the hour/day (example: trucks, equipment) but Lebakkens, just like other stores rents by the week. You'll hear commercials with their familiar jingle followed by a fast ad, "Blah, blah for only $30. a week." Hey, that's 120.00 a month and I can't afford THAT. Holy buckets.
The staff is nice and online they do run some contests/sweepstakes - but overall it's just way too expensive.
PROS: variety & availability
We have sereral pets including dogs and cats. All live well together but once in a while we have a medical problem. When we were new to the area we had a cat that was way too skinny and was losing some hair patches. We broght her into La Crosse Veterinary Clinic (along the bluffs on Lousey Blvd). Her ribs were sticking out and you could see her hip bones move as she walked.
An upper middle aged man examened the cat and drew blood. He came back in to say the routine blood work looked fine and he thought the cat was a LITTLE thin but not to worry. He suggested MAYBE she had an allergy and sent us on our way.
I researched this and found out more and more about pet food. I then searched the different brands of food and their analysis and ingredients. I changed the cats food over time. She gained weight and the fur grew back in... it took over a year though for her to actually look healthy again.
I wish the doctor had taken more time (than money) with us.
CONS: not enough care