Sari Judge

Monroe Street’s Hive specializes in activewear that can be dressed up, or down. And the brands it sells stay eco-conscious, too. more

Feb 15, 2018 5:00 AM Emphasis

ReFind Style combines old and new, artisan and pre-worn. The new consignment shop takes over the space formerly home to Walters’ Swim N’ Sun. more

Feb 1, 2018 5:00 AM Emphasis

Endless Knot celebrates the art and culture of Tibet and Nepal. Owner Sandeepa Lama Palmer hopes to host group meditations, speakers and community gatherings. more

Nov 30, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

Looking for a stylist who specializes in curly hair? A local guide to help you find someone to take you from frizzy to fabulous. more

Mar 2, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


Lauren Justice

Madison didn’t host a remake of “Animal House” last weekend. But students from 14 schools around the state showcased their togas as well as their Latin Oratory and War Machine skills at the Wisconsin Junior Classical League’s 59th annual convention. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot

There’s cross-generational fun at east-side art school Bare Knuckle Arts. But youth classes and after-school workshops are the school’s bread and butter. more

Oct 27, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis

Morgan Miller spends much of the week tracking down vintage wares around the state. He now has a hip new Willy Street store, where you will find some of them. more

Sep 15, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis


Carolyn Fath

Free People at Hilldale is the state’s first. Here, a mother born before Woodstock and a daughter too young to drive herself to Lollapalooza can agree on clothing picks. more

Aug 25, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis

A hole in the knee isn’t the end of the road for fraying jeans. A high-end denim repair service gives favored pants a new lease on life. more

Jun 9, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis


Sharon Vanorny

Russell Zoellner makes rented spaces feel like home. It’s true in his day job as the interior designer for UW-Madison Division of Housing, and it’s true in his own leased condo. more

May 12, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis


Sharon Vanorny

Graphic designer Emily Balsley doesn’t hold back with home design. Her secret weapon? A can of spray paint. more

May 5, 2016 5:00 AM Isthmus Abode


Adam Senatori

Madison’s First Settlement neighborhood lends its name to a new product line from artisan Oliver Sell and Context Clothing. more

Dec 3, 2015 9:00 AM Emphasis 1 Comments


Alexandra Cohn

Isthmus gift guide 2015: It’s time to upgrade your gifts to your parents more

Nov 19, 2015 4:49 PM Isthmus Giving 1 Comments


Booth Photographics

Bang Salon expands on Lakeside Street, but keeps a minimalist footprint. more

Oct 29, 2015 9:00 AM Emphasis

If you ask the buyers for mega-retailers like Toys 'R Us, Target and Walmart what the hot kid gifts will be this holiday season, they'll likely give a cool, one-word answer -- "Frozen." As in the outrageously popular Disney animated feature. more

Nov 20, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Giving


Laura Zastrow

"The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things." That thought is attributed to the ancient philosopher Plato. more

Sep 11, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Abode

This past week, on the way to the grocery store, my daughter asked what I believed she thought would be a innocuous question, "Mom, when are we going back-to-school shopping?" more

Aug 21, 2014 6:39 PM Isthmus Parents

Volunteering with the Young Writers Summer Camp this past week really helped me to remember how utterly creative kids can be when encouraged to come up with their own ideas and use their own words. more

Aug 14, 2014 6:24 PM Isthmus Parents

This past week I gleefully accepted an offer for new job on the UW-Madison campus. My kids are getting are older and I guess I've felt for a while now that it was time to figure out what would be next for me on the professional front. more

Aug 7, 2014 6:31 PM Isthmus Parents

"I'm envious, mom," said my twelve-year-old daughter as she hopped in the car after theater camp last week. "All the other kids in my group seem to really like, and to be really good at, singing, dancing and acting. But I think all those things are just okay." more

Jul 31, 2014 6:10 PM Isthmus Parents