John Eich

It’s a whole new world for The Bodgery at OM Station. And the makers want everyone to help them celebrate. Read more



Steven Potter

Madison’s Braille Library & Transcription Service teaches the sighted to produce Braille so the blind can read. Braille remains a crucial tool even in the days of audio transcriptions. Read more



Stephanie Fitch

A Forest School goes back to the philosophical roots of the original kindergartens. Madison’s first, Mighty Seeds, is now operating out of Door Creek Park. Read more

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Chelsey Dequaine

Two new tattoo shops in Madison join the growing scene in Dane County. Read more



The Book Deal

The Book Deal is a used bookstore with heart. With a mission of fostering literacy, it gives away books to schools and other organizations, as well as maintains a brick-and-mortar store off the Beltline. Read more

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Sarah Monson

Indian dance does double duty in this Middleton program. Rising senior Shruti Parthasarathy is the driving force behind it. Read more



Kevin McIlwaine

Slow Roll Cycles opened in May in the Lake Edge Shopping Center. While it specializes in mountain bikes, it’s a full-service shop. Read more


Green thumbs are made, not born. Kate Holl of Wildewood, a new plant shop, will help your houseplants thrive. Read more


Moving Forward is one of several local businesses that help with senior downsizing. It’s a task that can be overwhelming both physically and mentally. Read more



Laura Zastrow

Less time under anesthesia. Smaller incisions. Lower costs. A veterinary specialist in spaying and neutering offers many benefits. Read more


What’s in a future of living with no fossil fuels? It could well look a lot like the past, and the upcoming Sustainability Skill Share weekend will show participants how great-gramma did things. Read more



Ben Tolle

Lejia Dongzhu opened Dongzhu Pottery Studio on Monroe Street two years ago. He caters to first-time potters who want to give it a try and those who just need studio time as well. Read more



David Nevala

Longtime fitness professional Mona Melms believes that there are ways the body can repair itself short of surgery and other invasive treatments. Read more

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Madison designer Hailee Von Haden has a creative way of extending the viability of clothes. Her embroidery skills join her concern over fashion waste. Read more


Rick Gloe has created for himself an unlikely career in the restoration of antique stoves as owner of Madison Stove Works. He has 50 of these beauties for sale and more ready to be restored. Read more



Nikolai Hagen

August brings world streetwear to State Street. Plus owner Rob Bowhan brings local artists into the shop for an unconventional performance venue. Read more


Laura Strimpel’s North Paw boarding and daycare facility specializes in smaller dogs, so they won’t feel threatened or overwhelmed. There’s another small pet welcome, too … cats. Read more

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Doulas have “one of the most complex jobs on the planet,” says doula trainer and UW-Madison researcher Amy Gilliland. She’s trying to learn how they become more effective in their role as birth coaches. Read more



Linda Falkenstein

Knitters just want to touch yarn. And if you want to touch some really great yarn, consider a trip to Beaver Dam’s Firefly Fibers. Read more

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Dune Gift + Home adds vitality to Stoughton’s main street. The store mixes handcrafted items from North American craftspeople with curated vintage items. Read more