Erica Krug

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

Mar 8, 2018 5:00 AM Emphasis


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

Feb 8, 2018 5:00 AM Snapshot

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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

Feb 1, 2018 5:00 AM Snapshot


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

Jan 25, 2018 5:00 AM Emphasis


Thomas DeVillers

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

Jan 25, 2018 5:00 AM Snapshot

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

Dec 14, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

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

Dec 7, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


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

Nov 30, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot 1 Comments

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

Nov 16, 2017 2:00 PM Isthmus Giving

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

Nov 9, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis 2 Comments


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

Oct 5, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


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

Sep 14, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis 1 Comments


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

Aug 24, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot

Take a walk on the Wag! side. There’s a new app that people are calling “the Uber of dog walking.” more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis 1 Comments


Tim Fitch

The Crazy Daisy Flower Truck delivers bouquets in a VW van. Currently Michelle Hornung is selling at the new Prairie Lakes Farmers’ Market in Sun Prairie. more

Jun 15, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


Beth Skogen

Beth Skogen’s bungalow is a cozy reason to throw a party. The Madison photographer brought sentiment and a touch of whimsy to decorating, right up to and including her alley garage. more

May 4, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Abode 2 Comments

Amy Lambright Murphy and Jill Schaefer dreamed up Reek Havoc as a way to cope with pet odors. But the business has also connected them to the community. more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


Katie Scheidt

Students at Lapham Elementary are turning discarded materials into sculptures — whether it’s a life-size gummy bear or a winking apple. Project leader Amy Mietzel wanted students to see how waste can be used in beautiful ways. more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot

Canine Sports Zone is an indoor fun space for dogs. Agility training and competitions take place here too. more

Mar 16, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


Jason Kierce

Kosher Chopped is a constraint-filled drama for Chef Week. Four Madison chefs gathered at UW-Hillel to accept the challenge. more

Mar 8, 2017 4:41 PM FOOD & DRINK

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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.”