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I’ve got news this week about the move of Oriental Goodies, an Asian grocery store whose owners also plan to open a nearby place for take-out Filipino food; the upcoming move of 6-11 Crystals & Local Art, and the opening of Kress Real Estate Solutions.
Maricel Remoticado and her husband, Arnel, opened their Oriental Goodies grocery store on Wednesday in its new location, the former Star Oriental grocery store at 2236 State Road, near JavaVino in La Crosse. Star Oriental closed Dec. 9 to move to a new location that hasn’t been announced yet.
Oriental Goodies was closed for about two weeks while the Remoticados, who are natives of the Philippines, moved the business to its new storefront from its previous location at 2945 S. 21st Place, near Burger King on the city’s South Side.
Oriental Goodies has mostly sold Filipino grocery items and mostly to Filipinos who live in the Tri-State Area, Maricel told me. But she and her husband plan to expand their selection of grocery items from other Asian countries.
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They bought the business in 2018 from the Tillman and Fanny Whaley family, which had started Oriental Goodies in 2004 in Viroqua. The Whaleys moved it to the 21st Place location in 2016.
In November, the Remoticados bought the building that houses their new grocery storefront and the King Koin laundromat, and which also had housed Al’s State Road Pizzeria until that business closed a few months ago. They plan to open a new, as-yet-unnamed business that will sell prepared Filipino take-out food such as egg rolls and noodle dishes, sometime this year in the former pizzeria location. King Koin will remain at its current location.
Realtor Joe Kress and his wife, Courtney, recently started Kress Real Estate Solutions, a new real estate agency, in Suite 501 at 319 Main St. in downtown La Crosse.
“I am the broker of record and Courtney is the marketing and administrative manager,” Joe Kress said. They own the business together.
“We specialize in advising real estate solutions for residential, commercial and land real estate purchases or sales,” Kress said. “So we serve buyers and sellers for homes, business, farms and acreage and other vacant land.” The agency serves the entire state of Wisconsin, he said.
Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at other times by appointment. “We will meet with you on your schedule, and even work the weekends,” Kress said, adding that open houses on Saturdays and Sundays are one of the best ways to help sellers sell their home.
Kress has been a Realtor since 2017, he said, and is an annual multi-million-dollar producer. He grew up in Tomah and received degrees from UW-Richland and UW-La Crosse. The Kresses live in Sparta.
Kress promotes the agency with the tag line “Joe knows real estate.”
For more information, call 608-784-5535 or visit www.joekressrealestate.com or the agency’s Facebook page.
Meanwhile, 6-11 Crystals and Local Art will open Jan. 17 at its new location, the former Wisconsin Clothing Co. store at 413 Jay St. in downtown La Crosse. The Wisconsin Clothing store closed several months ago.
Owner Kiki Nystrom told me that Jan. 14 will be 6-11 Crystals and Local Art’s last day open at 115 Fifth Ave. S., as it prepares to move. Her store opened there in March 2022 after moving from Eagle Bluff Plaza, where it began in February 2021. It Is a rock and healing crystals shop as well as a metaphysical shop, with merchandise that includes such things as tarot cards, crystals, books, candles, essential oils, incense, jewelry and locally produced art.
“I like the energy of the space,” Nystrom said of the new Jay Street location, which is around the corner from her current storefront. It’s also near the Cabin Coffee Co. coffee shop and is across the street from a parking garage, she noted.
Nystrom plans to hold a grand reopening celebration at the new location on Feb. 10-11. Her store’s regular hours will continue to be noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and closed Monday and Tuesday.
Steve Cahalan reports on local business developments every Saturday.
Steve Cahalan writes about business news and can be reached at [email protected].