By Correne Martin
The Couleecap Bargain Boutique is one of the most bustling businesses in downtown Prairie du Chien. Household decor, clothing, accessories, books, children’s items, kitchen necessities and electronics, among other treasures, are in clean used—yet reusable—condition.
Merchandise is sold to sustain the Couleecap Food Pantry, which is housed in a back room at the store and provides Crawford County’s low-income families, once a month, with about two days worth of food. It is stocked by a food truck, which delivers monthly, but mostly by donations from the public.
In addition to three paid employees, an army of about 30 volunteers, who help varying hours throughout the month, make up the workforce. Additional volunteers are needed.