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Some local businesses in Crawford and Vernon counties have provided updates on services and hours of operation – e-mail indscout@mwt.netby Mondays at 4 p.m. to have your business included.

The Marketplace:

(608) 735-4523

The Marketplace in Gays Mills has been much busier these days. They have cut back staff to accommodate employees’ personal and family needs, and for that reason have also changed their hours. They’re currently open until 9 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. Starting next week, Mon through Sat will be closing at 8 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Sundays. If you’re planning to shop at the Marketplace near opening or closing time, it might be worth calling first to make sure they’re open. They’ve been trying to keep up with stocking and ordering of products that the community needs. They’re staying within the CDC guidelines for cleaning and services. Therefore no self-serve items, ie coffee, ice cream. Otherwise the deli is still full service including pizza, sub sandwiches, no tacos for now, maybe next week.

The Wooden Nickel:(608) 734-3999

The Wooden Nickel is open regular hours Thursdays, Fridays ad Saturdays and offering curbside service of their full menu including unopened bottled beers and liquors. They will have specials each of those days. They are following recommended guidelines for service and precautionary measures. Jerry Books and crew are taking advantage of this time and are updating and deep cleaning their facility and doing inventory. They want to relay their gratitude to their faithful and generous customers.

Kickapoo Exchange Natural Foods Co-op.

(608) 735-4544

The Kickapoo Exchange Natural Foods Co-op in Gays Mills is now operating under reduced hours, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Some quantities are limited but fresh fruits, vegetables and groceries are arriving weekly. Ask about special orders. The co-op is doing all they can to serve you and keep our community well fed. Sales will be curbside pick up only. No customer access inside of store. 

To place an order, call store and leave your name and phone number only, they will call you back to get your entire order. Or email your order to They will then do your shopping, box it for you and deliver it outside the co-op door when you are there to pick it up.

County Seat Laundry

(608) 638-8060

Open the same hours as usual, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. last wash by 9:45 p.m. Andy and Laura Patten, attendants, are there from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Their attendant hours will not change unless they get sick. In that case  the facility would still be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. but there would not be attendant hours. They want you to know they are there for their customers, and are keeping things extra clean, sanitizing all surfaces literally as customers leave the building. Visit their website

The Happy Hour pricing (that was supposed to be through March) will continue indefinitely, from 4-6 daily $2 off washers, $1 off dryers. Many donations from the community have allowed County Seat Laundry to offer free services - with the donations funding the utility costs and Laura and Andy donating their time. 

Free services include:

 Free washing and drying for anyone who feels they have a financial need for such a service. Call first to arrange this with Laura and Andy. This service is offered during the time when Laura and Andy are there which is from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pick and Delivery service: Freepick up and delivery with free washing, drying, and folding for those who feel they need the free service and who do not to or cannot leave their home.

Pick up and Delivery service:

Reducedto $1.25/pound for pickup, wash, dry and fold service for those who can afford to do so but do not want to leave their homes, within the service areas of Ferryville, DeSoto, Victory, Genoa, Stoddard, Viroqua, Liberty Pole, Westby and Coon Valley and in LaCrosse south of highway 157 and within 1 mile of highway 61/Losey Blvd., 

County Seat Laundry is on the north side of Viroqua on Highway 14 next door to the McDonalds. 

Desperados Wonder Bar

(608) 624-3295

Open for carryouts/curbside 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and are offering daily specials, Friday fish, and full menu items as well. Call to order.

The crew at Desperados Wonder Bar is taking advantage of the empty building for deep cleaning and painting.

McCormick’s Bar and Grill

(608) 624-5684 or (608) 606-4335

Open for carry-outs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday for all your favorite menu items Bottled beverages can be sold but no mixed drinks. 

Country Gardens Motel and Lounge 

608 624-3254

Country Gardens is open for carry outs from 4-8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturday and Wednesdays. Fridays they’ll have Fish including beer-battered cod, specials and pizza. Saturdays they’ll have prime rib, specials and pizza. Wednesdays they’ll have sandwiches, appetizer specials and pizza. They will not be using their usual menu at this time. Call to order. Check out their Facebook page.

Greeners Corners 

Greeners Corners is completely closed for now and are doing renovations.


Apple Valley Vet 

(608) 735-4888

The Apple Valley Vet in Gays Mills is currently offering all of their regular services except for grooming. They are open Monday through Friday 8-5 and are gone each day at lunch from 12-1. Also open Saturday 8-12.

Solar Meats 

(608) 624-5525

Solar Meats in Soldiers Grove is open Monday through Friday 8-5 and Saturdays from 8-12. They’re offering their full retail line of meats and other products including elk and lamb. Curbside service available or shop inside.

Burkum’s Milling Company

(608) 637-2345

Burkum’s Milling Company in Soldiers Grove is open their regular hours Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. They have created a walk-up window where you can place your order for their products in the store and from the feed mill, or, call to place your order. Pick-up for all purchases will be at the front side-door. Credit cards and checks only.