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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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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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