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It’s better to know your jewelry is not exploitative, says Soha Javaherian of Soha Diamond Company. The new Madison startup “clicks and mortar” business uses only lab-grown gems and recycled metals. 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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Erica Krug

Architectural salvage, reclaimed lumber, used building materials and a treasure trove of memorabilia from Oscar Mayer. It’s all at Walsh Road’s DeConstruction Inc. 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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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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The Korean martial art of taekwondo is characterized by high and fast kicks versus the punching or spinning of other disciplines. That makes it ideal for self-defense as well as self-improvement. more

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Steven Potter

A DJ-focused record store on the east side has a new space. Jiggy Jamz owner Geoffrey Kaster is finally achieving his dream of a tangible, in-person record-buying experience for DJs at every level. more

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Latasia Dhami

34-year-old Mimosa Books finds a new home on State Street. The new space features the store’s hallmark resources for alternative spiritual paths. And now: more plants. more

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Riding a horse offers many benefits to people with disabilities. It’s therapy that doesn’t feel like therapy. more

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Dave Rogers

Dave’s Guitar Shop is a legend in La Crosse. Now the shop has opened its third location in Fitchburg. 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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Jay Watson

Bees and butterflies are facing an uphill battle in their search for nectar. The good news is there’s still time to help pollinators in the garden. more

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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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Dr. Carrie Donahue, owner of Full Circle Holistic Veterinary Care on Monroe Street, integrates Western and Eastern care. The clinic also sells a variety of holistic pet care products. 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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Madison area is crawling with fun ways to shop. Check out these old-school flea markets for a continuum from trash to treasure. 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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Erin Hueffner

While legalities appear in flux, cannabinoid oil or CBD is still being sold locally — for now. A primer of the ins and outs. more

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Linda Falkenstein

Books4School is catnip for young readers — and underscores the importance of diversity in children’s books. This fifth-generation family-owned Madison business is an under-the-radar find just off the Beltline. more

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The Artery is a virtual gallery for local artists. The online successor to The Yellow Rose Gallery hopes to support the area art community. more

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