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The Book Deal

The Book Deal is a used bookstore with heart. With a mission of fostering literacy, it gives away books to schools and other organizations, as well as maintains a brick-and-mortar store off the Beltline. Read more

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Kevin McIlwaine

Slow Roll Cycles opened in May in the Lake Edge Shopping Center. While it specializes in mountain bikes, it’s a full-service shop. Read more

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Green thumbs are made, not born. Kate Holl of Wildewood, a new plant shop, will help your houseplants thrive. 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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Madison knifemaker Isaiah Schroeder discusses the process of hand-making his Japanese-style knives. The knives are so popular, he can barely keep up with demand. 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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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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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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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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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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Paul Sirianni

One of Madison’s oldest retail destinations, Hilldale Shopping Center has undergone a major facelift in the last few years. Now, new restaurants and coffee shops are flocking to the updated space. Read more

FOOD & DRINK

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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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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Dave Rogers

Dave’s Guitar Shop is a legend in La Crosse. Now the shop has opened its third location in Fitchburg. Read more

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Carolyn Fath

Both finders and sellers of comic and pop culture collectibles find a home at A New Hope. The former Gilman Street store has new digs on State Street. Read more

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Candice Wagener

Owner Jerina Julius likes being able to sell local crafts locally. There are around 80 vendors tucked into JnJ Craftworks, her consignment shop in Verona. Read more

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