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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

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

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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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Rusty Dog Coffee is passionate about its roasts. MOMbie provides an extra pick-me-up for the depleted community. more

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Terry Payne’s hobby of collecting vintage cast iron cookware led to his Heirloom Cast Iron booth at Odana Antiques. It’s not just nostalgia: Vintage American brands are superior to newly cast items for several reasons. more

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Third time’s the charm? A new version of Laila Borokhim’s Noosh largely succeeds on Regent Street. more

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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

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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

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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

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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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    Jovita Peña has already sewn nearly 120 dresses for donation.

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    Tony Bitner (left), Manny Figueroa and Tom Koren of Rusty Dog.

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    Candice Wagener

    Blue Bar likes to highlight modern styles like Heather Matanock’s TV quilt, but also stocks fabrics to suit traditional and contemporary tastes.

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    Many ReStore volunteers join manager Craig Gielow (kneeling) and director Steve Hanrahan (far right).