Katrin Madayag

Last October, Playthings Toy Store at Hilldale moved from the middle hallway to the Sundance Cinemas end of the mall. It's a long way from Playthings' first incarnation in Westgate, where it opened for business in 1986. more

Feb 5, 2009 6:00 PM Emphasis

In these uncertain economic times, there's no hotter accessory than peace of mind. So instead of shopping for clothes, I was shopping for self-awareness. more

Jan 22, 2009 3:00 PM Emphasis

In the comedy "Knocked Up", two characters, tripping on mushrooms, reflect on the personalities and attitudes of chairs. One chair seems to stare incessantly, while another is droll. That scene finally made sense to me after I visited Century House's expansion location that features modern home and office furniture and accents, a place where plopping down and pondering how a chair fits you is serious, but fun, business. more

Jan 9, 2009 3:00 PM Emphasis

Dizzy from the holiday retail madness, I recently enjoyed a surprisingly mellow and fun shopping experience at Focus Snow and Skate near East Towne Mall. Focus caters to the area's snowboarders and skateboarders only (sorry, skiers); it's all about the love of board sports. more

Dec 19, 2008 3:00 PM Emphasis

What's all the hoopla about Oompa? The new specialty toy store in Middleton maintains a "no batteries, no blinking lights, no cartoon-themed toys" ethic. It's a store for parents wanting simpler, organic and natural toys for their kids. Plus, the store's soft colors and surfaces make it ideal for kids to play around and parents to shop in peace. more

Dec 5, 2008 3:00 PM Isthmus Parents

My fiancé, who works at Lombardino's, let slip to me that cooks at the restaurant have been cultivating their knife collections through Wisconsin Cutlery & Restaurant Supply in the Shorewood Shopping Center. more

Nov 21, 2008 3:00 PM Emphasis

Of course you try to toe the eco-line. Be green. Be organic. Be healthy. At Tabby & Jack's organic pet store, dogs and cats can join in, too. more

Nov 14, 2008 3:00 PM Emphasis

Spiritual Vibes offers a blend of metaphysical and otherworldly goods, with an art gallery that doubles as a meditation room. On Thursday evenings, co-owner Luna Lynn holds a meditation class with crystal singing bowls that produce haunting sounds when rubbed. The reverberating waves amplify then fade, throwing off your senses. more

Oct 23, 2008 2:00 PM Health Beauty Fitness

If fashion makes a statement, then downtown Madison's newest trendy talking point is Atticus, a clothing and accessories shop on the Capitol Square. Kristin Wild, a UW alum and former buyer for Twigs, opened Atticus in May. Atticus reflects a "downtown, edgy and comfortable" attitude. "The focus is on things that people can wear in Madison," Wild says. more

Oct 10, 2008 2:00 PM Emphasis

When I pulled into the parking lot of the new Blain's Farm & Fleet in Verona, not only did the LED welcome sign give me pause, so did the sprawling 114,500-square-foot building. Looks like the Midwestern farm store chain (it has 30-plus stores in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa) has evolved. more

Sep 26, 2008 2:00 PM Emphasis

In Ravenworks, it's like "Choose Your Own Adventure." You can start as a noble lady of the royal court and then turn into a raffish lady pirate of the high seas - like I did in my recent visit to this costume specialty shop. more

Sep 12, 2008 2:00 PM Emphasis

Think Marilyn Monroe. Audrey Hepburn. The Gibson Girl. Iconic femininity is realized at the Pink Poodle, a consignment boutique on the west side that gives shoppers a fun, flirty experience of baubles and Coach bags, pearls and pashmina scarves. more

Aug 29, 2008 2:00 PM Emphasis

The Many Nations American Indian Workshop feels welcoming, with its vibrant red and yellow walls and ceremonial and decorative artwork. You'll find the owner, Tim Hagen, working in the back, and chances are he'll take a break to chat with you while still working away, putting together something new. more

Aug 15, 2008 2:00 PM Emphasis