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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Bungalow 608

Bungalow 608 celebrates the cozy, handmade feel of any loveable abode. Plus, they’re globally-produced good chosen with an eye to fair trade practices. Read more

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Carolyn Fath

BoxLunch serves every pop culture need. The California-based, pop culture retailer BoxLunch has opened at West Towne just in time for the holidays. Read more

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Warby Parker’s State Street storefront brings reality to virtual eyewear. Gone are the days of the pressure of the optometrist’s office. Read more

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Momentum Art Tech is the resource for Madison graffiti artists. The art shop also hosts specialized classes. Read more

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There are a number of “best practices” to follow when you are adopting a dog, whether you are working with a breeder, a rescue or an animal shelter. Read more

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Beth Skogen

A three-woman pop-up holiday shop covers the bases from plants to U.S. apparel to knitting fun. The Good Day Collective is on the Square through the holidays. Read more

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Ray Mawst of Sun Prairie is keeping hand-lettering techniques alive. In a digital era, there’s something appealing about doing it the old-fashioned way. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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