Jane Burns

Paoli jeweler John/Christine Designs finds the good luck amid the bad. John Strobel runs a gallery with wife Christine, does the art fair circuit and custom-designs pieces. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


David Michael Miller

The first ever Madison Area Yarn Hop celebrates yarn, sheep, and fiber arts. Ten south central yarn shops, woolen mills and farms are participating. more

Oct 5, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


Jeff Kennel

Wisconsin’s Trek bikes is going electric. E-bikes may be perfect for everyone from harried commuters to adventure travelers. more

Sep 21, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


Dylan Brogan

Andrew Handeland, while holding a meaty 8-year-old python named Godzilla, admits reptiles are an acquired taste. “The more time you spend around them, the more you realize they are just friendly little reptiles.” more

Sep 21, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


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



School and church groups in Madison are teaming up with the Henry Vilas Zoo to create crafts from wildlife poaching snares in Vietnam and Laos. They are raising funds to protect the habitat of the critically endangered saola. more

Aug 10, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


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


Tim Fitch

The Crazy Daisy Flower Truck delivers bouquets in a VW van. Currently Michelle Hornung is selling at the new Prairie Lakes Farmers’ Market in Sun Prairie. more

Jun 15, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

A design called a Moroccan trellis is suddenly everywhere. What’s the deal? more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis 1 Comments


Chris Winterhack

The inaugural Madison Night Market includes booths with arts, crafts and food aplenty. Madison Night Market will also take place the second Thursdays in June and July on Gilman & State St. more

May 12, 2017 10:12 AM Photo Galleries

Amy Lambright Murphy and Jill Schaefer dreamed up Reek Havoc as a way to cope with pet odors. But the business has also connected them to the community. more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

Grasshopper Goods, Madison’s first mobile retailer, finds city rules “unfriendly.” Current law heavily restricts where the shop-on-wheels can vend. more

Apr 6, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


Carolyn Fath

Russian immigrants Ekaterina and Alexey Pronina have made a life for themselves with a specialty market on Madison’s west side. The shop stocks all manner of goodies from their homeland. But don’t ask them to talk politics. more

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM News 3 Comments


Aliza Rand

Madison-based Pikku Takki features vibrant and well-designed kid clothes. The shop is the brainchild of artist Aliza Rand. more

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

Gnar Hoops & Happy World Clothing combines hula hoops and eco-friendly clothing. Oh yeah, the hula hoops are eco-friendly, too. more

Feb 16, 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


Dylan Brogan

Birdhouses, bat houses and Little Free Libraries are big sellers at Occupy Madison’s retail shop. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

One Wayward Apple does not spoil the bunch. The Fitchburg gift shop fills a niche for handcrafted, locally made gifts in the suburbs. more

Jan 26, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


Janelle Holmstrom

Jangle Soapworks is on a back-to-basics farm near Mount Horeb. Its soaps are cured like fine cheese for the best effects on skin. more

Jan 19, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

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