Candice Wagener


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

Apr 11, 2017 10:34 AM , , , , , , , Isthmus Dining


Laura Zastrow

The Verona Woods sports a wide-ranging contemporary American menu. It edges toward fine dining, but also offers plenty of burgers and sandwiches. more

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM Reviews 1 Comments


Greg Dixon

Peaches, pears and chestnuts are great edible landscaping. Emily Steinwehe of Emily Plants helps Madison residents transform their yards. more

Mar 23, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

Paper Source brings fine stationery and some imagination to Hilldale. Custom invites, crafts and, of course, valentines are on hand as the store opens Friday. more

Feb 9, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


Customers can indulge in self-service wine pours at Toot + Kate’s. The Verona wine bar brings some needed nightlife to a booming bedroom community. more

Jan 26, 2017 5:00 AM Cocktails


Laura Zastrow

Lalo’s is a real, family-run spot that feels like a taqueria but acts like a restaurant. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM Reviews

Brown & Beam mixes new, old and reclaimed furniture and accessories. The Middleton store and design service opened in November. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

GiGi’s Playhouse provides programming and support for families and children with Down syndrome. The new center on Monona Drive is increasing its programming in 2017. more

Jan 5, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

Hutch + Hide brings new sophistication to New Glarus. The self-described “family store” features custom cabinetry, kid gear and comfort accessories for grownups. more

Dec 8, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis


Laura Frazier/Raspberry Lane Pho

Quiet Santa offers a serene meet-and-greet for kids with autism. The popularity of meeting Old Saint Nick has put the all-volunteer program near capacity. more

Nov 23, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis


David Douglass

Isthmus gift guide 2016: What to give the person who’d rather snuggle on the couch than leave home. more

Nov 17, 2016 5:00 AM Isthmus Giving Magazine


Candice Wagener

Kids’ clothes and toys of style and utility are the focus of a new Middleton shop. Owner Jennifer Wuebben has a deep background in the fashion industry. more

Nov 10, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis


Frédéric Bouché

La Kitchenette picks up where Chez Nanou left off. The worthy successor to the east side’s French cafe features crepes, tartines, sandwiches and a new wine list. more

Nov 10, 2016 5:00 AM Reviews





Candice Wagener

A Woman’s Touch celebrates its 20th anniversary. The ground-breaking sex-positive shop has been a pioneer in safe products and education. more

Oct 20, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis



Ryan Wisniewski

A second Rising Sons is a strong addition to west-side Thai. A focused menu and excellent curries and pad Thai make this a great addition to the world cuisine “food court” that Sauk Point Square is becoming. more

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM Reviews