Work has begun to transform the West Picture Show/FiveSix Ultra Lounge at 405 W. Walnut St. into a Funky Monkey.
Joey and Mary Clare Vanden Boom of Tomah bought the building and announced plans in fall 2011 to open a store there. It's taken a while, but they're working at it now. The outside of the building was repainted. The purple stucco is now teal.
The Vanden Booms own Funky Monkey in Tomah, which offers computer sales, home theater equipment, professional sound and lighting equipment, and technology services in a store featuring eclectic and high-quality furnishing and décor.
In an appearance before the Historic Preservation Commission on Aug. 26, the Vanden Booms talked about keeping the building's restaurant, too, though that will require meeting building codes that don't easily fit computer stores and restaurants together under one roof.
The Vanden Booms told the committee they'd like to get the computer business up and running as soon as possible, following with the restaurant in 16 to 24 months.
That business would include hundreds of computers and accessories as well as computer repair while the customer waits.
The website is www.funkymonkeytomah.com.
Parallel 44 awards
Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery, Stangelville, and Door 44 Winery, Sturgeon Bay, received three double-gold awards at the Wisconsin Professional Wine Competition and Best of Show at the International Cold Climate Wine Competition. The double-golds were for the Frozen Tundra White, Glacier White and White Door wines. Frozen Tundra White received Best of Class for Best Wisconsin White Wine.
The Best of Show at the international competition was for the La Crescent wine. Parallel 44 and Door 44 received 11 medals total in the international competition.
The wineries are owned by Steve Johnson and Maria Milano.