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Candice Wagener

Perfect Imperfections is a healthy alternative in body care, a woman-owned small business and a tribute to the owner's parents. Jasmine Banks is working bazaars and pop-ups. more

Jan 4, 2018 5:00 AM Emphasis

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4 Sisters Tapas Restaurant

4 Sisters Tapas is a good addition to the Verona dining lineup. There’s a good range of dishes on the focused menu, though this is not strictly traditional Spanish tapas. more

Dec 14, 2017 7:00 AM Reviews

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Heather Matanock

Blue Bar Quilts picks up where Stitcher’s Crossing left off. The Middleton shop embraces all manner of the fabric arts. more

Dec 7, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

Cabinet City offers a new approach to remodeling. Focusing on one line of mostly non-custom cabinets keeps prices lower. more

Nov 22, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

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Cricket Design Works

Pasture and Plenty splits the difference between a deli and DIY. It offers subscription meal kits and prepared foods, Wednesday night dinners and lunch. Plus it sources locally. more

Nov 22, 2017 5:00 AM Reviews

For anyone from newbie to executive chef, a little inspiration. And you really don’t have to cook — you can just eat some of these. more

Nov 16, 2017 2:00 PM Isthmus Giving

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Carolyn Fath

Chocolaterian Middleton ups the ante on west side desserts. The housemade savory dishes are great too, especially anything with a pastry crust. more

Nov 1, 2017 2:34 PM FOOD & DRINK

At Tinkergarten classes, kids play outside and connect with nature. And making a mud pie means learning empathy, self-control and teamwork. more

Oct 12, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

Cafe Zupas at Greenway Station arrives with sandwiches, soups, salads and quinoa bowls. The small Utah chain strives to deliver fresh ingredients daily. more

Oct 12, 2017 5:00 AM Reviews

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Laura Zastrow

While west Madison and Middleton have had a slew of Mexican eateries open recently, Gloria’s Mexican Restaurant emerges from the pack. The vegetarian fare is a particular strength. more

Sep 21, 2017 5:00 AM Reviews

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Candice Wagener

Habitat ReStore on Odana Road expands again. The recycling success story now accepts even more materials. more

Sep 7, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

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Carolyn Fath

The Madison area gets its second dedicated vegetarian (and in fact almost vegan) restaurant with Surya Cafe in Fitchburg. It’s also gluten-free. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Reviews

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Joshua Barraza

Patrick Kelly specializes in products made from wood harvested within 50 miles of Madison. His “Matchless Made” site sells a variety of “contemporary, minimalist household goods.” more

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

Expressively You offers portraiture in a social setting. Madison artist Lindsey LaPlant hopes to make original art affordable. more

Jun 22, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

A small town children’s museum opens in western Dane County. The attraction should benefit area parents and the community. more

Jun 8, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

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Carolyn Fath

La Nopalera goes its own way with Mexican sandwiches and snacks. Munch on a sincronizada or order sweet yogurts for dessert — or breakfast more

Jun 8, 2017 5:00 AM Reviews

Melissa Clements of Eco-Friendly Flooring discusses recycled glass, wood and metal tiles for the backsplash, renovated shower or other home re-dos. more

May 18, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

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BMT Systems

Zandru’s brings tapas and paella to State Street. Its menu sticks to a traditional Spanish approach to small plates. more

May 18, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK

Though often high-functioning and smart, people with autism have trouble finding work. Nick Venturella, who has a child with autism, has created a new online platform to connect potential workers with employers. more

May 11, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

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Paulius Musteikis

Where Isthmus reviewers — and Madison — have been eating and drinking since the last “Dining” special section. Here’s our summary of the scene. more

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