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Erica Krug

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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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Amy Stocklein

Barbie Strong suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s. But her family and friends have ensured that 79-year-old woman’s twilight years are filled with love and activity — including brunch every Saturday at Mickey’s Tavern. 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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Beth Skogen

Wondering what to do with the kids on the lazy, hazy days of summer? Check out the free outdoor arts programs that travel to parks, beaches and playgrounds. 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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Mary Langenfeld

Today’s children have a life expectancy almost five years shorter than their parents. Tri 4 Schools, a program founded in 2011, aims to get children more active and healthy with events like a triathlons. more

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AMY STOCKLEIN

Starting May 7, 85 Bucky Badger statues — each uniquely decorated — will be displayed around Madison. One of them incorporates signatures from 4,511 community members. more

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Briana Raday never expected to be at the helm of a baby shoe business. But now she’s sold more than 800 pairs. more

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Brett Stepanik

The Blackhawk Ski Club was founded by ski jumpers in 1947. Every winter, it’s a breeding ground for Olympic hopefuls — including many young girls who until recently weren’t allowed to ski jump in Olympic Games. more

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Laura Zastrow

Ten teams are designing and making clothing out of paper for this year’s READ(y) to Wear competition to benefit the Madison Reading Project. Tim Gunn would be proud. more

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Jamie Forrest

1 OAK is a passion project for vintage bike restorer Eric Maves. The Trek employee opened the shop in the cycling hub of Paoli to share his love of vintage bikes. more

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Thomas DeVillers

Brutal cold is a necessity, not a hindrance, when Tim Browning installs his annual artwork on Lake Monona. more

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Madison’s Solace Apothecary makes carefully considered soap, salve, incense and bath salts. Founders Rachel Dolnick, Jenna Klink and John Painter joined forces to create healthy products with simple ingredients. more

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Scores of people showed up for the beginning ukulele workshop at Madison Central Library in November. An hour later, 130 people played “Johnny B. Goode” together. more

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Sharon Vanorny

Toddlers at the Goddard School in Verona this year participated in the school chain’s annual toy testing, trying out and rating dozens of educational toys. And the winners are (drum roll please)... more

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The artistically inclined will love art to wear, art to do, and the chance to support art locally. Inspiration can be found anywhere from a blank sketchbook to an empty teapot. more

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Alex Hohlstein hand crafts guitars and more. He’s even made a guitar from a local tree branch. more

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Brett Stepanik

The Real Life Library aims to foster human connection, empathy and interaction. Organizer Jennifer Smith says: “I am constantly blown away by the idea that every single person in the world has a story to tell, and has something they can teach me." more

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Danielle Stoddard

Madison Studio Share makes life easier for professional photographers. Milwaukee photographer Danielle Stoddard launched the concept in Milwaukee and has opened her first satellite here. more

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Chris Collins

The Bayview community has created a mural that represents its international and intergenerational community, which includes refugees. A pair of wings suggests transformation, migration and journey. more

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    Erica Krug

    Laila Borokhim, Jason Kierce and Gill Altschul were three chefs who were "chopped" before the evening's end.

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    Erica Krug

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    Erica Krug

    Gen Kelsang Gomlam: “We need hope.”