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Candice Wagener

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Candice Wagener

Owner Jerina Julius likes being able to sell local crafts locally. There are around 80 vendors tucked into JnJ Craftworks, her consignment shop in Verona. more

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Carolyn Fath

Find delicious food and uncommon treats at El Panzon Loncheria y Panaderia. more

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Capital Brewery pitches in to aid flooded Pheasant Branch Conservancy, an important resource for the community and brewery patrons. more

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Need a haircut? A really good-fitting men’s dress shirt? Want to play Nintendo at the same time? R. Westbrook Mercantile in Middleton has your number. more

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Move over, darts. Now axes can be flung at bullseyes for fun. We visit Happy Axe, a new venue on Madison’s west side, and fling a few. more

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Amy Stocklein

From steaks to fish fry, the Hilltop supper club in Cross Plains does it up right. more

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Even the president has dissed African countries. A new global goods shop on the west side aims to prove that Africa produces arts and goods of value. more

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Carolyn Fath

Madison is a bit of a soul food desert. Anointed One solves that problem, with excellent classic main dishes, sides and desserts. more

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Sunny Frantz

Deli and meal-kit service Pasture & Plenty has expanded its offerings, dining area and scope. Its expansion into the space next door includes historic details from the building’s original Rennebohm pharmacy. more

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Carolyn Fath

Both finders and sellers of comic and pop culture collectibles find a home at A New Hope. The former Gilman Street store has new digs on State Street. more

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Candice Wagener

There are not one but two new poke places on the east end of campus. Opened in April, Poke Plus & Teriyaki allows for a fast, fresh meal in an area where the customers are increasingly demanding that be the case. more

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Nadja Larini

Mazomanie’s Base Camp is a great diner at which to start your day. But also look for special theme dinners. more

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Mosquito Joe offers a targeted approach to backyard skeeter control. The company is new to Wisconsin, with franchises in Madison and Waukesha. more

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Krista Kozlik’s local wood lamps shed a divine light. The Madison designer plans on expanding her line. more

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Candice Wagener

Middleton comes out to support Common Ground, a new cafe/community space. The large former Branch Street Retreat is seeing new life at last. more

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Candice Wagener

Residents of Oakwood Village have teamed up with the Little Dresses for Africa program, helping to sew clothing for those in need in more than 80 countries. more

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Seven of Madison’s women chefs talk about the dishes and ingredients they love. Generally, they’ve found Madison to provide a supportive environment. more

Isthmus Dining

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Lara Kastner

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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Dumplings, hot pot, beef roll, noodles and more. A tour of Madison’s Chinese restaurants shows a new variety of dishes and regional cuisines. more

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Chicken Run

The Chicken Run focuses on just one dish, battered and fried chicken tenders. The small Illinois chain beats the other chicken shacks with quality, not variety. more

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Ryan Wisniewski

Compadres represents the best of Mexican standards with its big menu. And fresh tableside guacamole is just part of the fun. more

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    Candice Wagener

    A colorful combo of baby octopus, spicy tuna, salmon, edamame, sunflower seeds, pickled ginger, purple cabbage, imitation crab salad, sesame seeds and spicy mayo.

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    Candice Wagener

    These hand-crafted dolls are like the original versions of Little People.

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    Candice Wagener

    The local inspirational line Girl Wonderful is available at the store. Homey touches abound, as with these small succulents.

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    Candice Wagener

    A Greek salad gains heft with an optional falafel add-on.

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    Candice Wagener

    Oakwood staff adapted some sewing patterns to make the garment creation easier on aging eyes and hands.

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    Candice Wagener

    Jovita Peña has already sewn nearly 120 dresses for donation.