A visitor from out-of-town got attention on Pearl Street yesterday, when he went to buy coffee and a book about La Crosse history.
That customer was Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, calling attention to two local businesses which have received Bounceback Grants from the state. E
Speaking to local reporters at the bookstore, the governor said each of those businesses got $10,000 in grants.
“It was a huge, small investment,” Evers said. “Huge for the store, small investment. We’ve used our ARPA money for that, and we’ve had over 45-hundred people across the state” qualifying for the funding.
“We were real careful with our customers, but people were ready to come back last year,” she says. “We just really found that people were ready to be back here and interacting with people.”