November 2016

November 2016 Issue
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John Brogan & the Bank of Kaukauna: Social Justice and Equality For All

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Photo by Mary Santaga provided by Bank of Kaukauna

Election season is almost over and it seems, among many other things, a large focus has been placed on small-town America, where industry left town and the need is significant for jobs and better resources. Candidates make big promises, but folks in these towns realize they must do for themselves and provide what the community needs. At some time or another, we’ve all driven through these towns, but more frequently they are being bypassed by new roads and highways. They are now places to be sought out. Kaukauna, Wisconsin is one such place.

Madison Gets Inked: Tattoo Shops That Make Madison Buzz

Tattoo artist
Photo by Copper Key Visuals provided by Iron Quill Tattoo

“Thought I would drop a line.” The simple sentence, in my grandfather’s handwriting, is tattooed on my left forearm in black ink. It’s from a letter he wrote in 1945 while at sea serving for the United States Navy. The sentence is placed next to the stamp used on the envelope for the letter. There are plenty of reasons why someone gets a tattoo—sad, funny, beautiful reasons, such as remembering your grandfather. But what are the stories behind the artists who create the tattoos? Madison is full of rich history, and its tattoo shops are no exception.

Line of Fire: Deconstructing the Path of a Gun

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Spring 2016 stands out for me for several distinct reasons. I landscaped my front yard, a greatly overdue project that had been put off for some time. It was when the company I had been working for in a part-time capacity promoted me to a full-time position, which likely enabled the aforementioned project. It was also the spring that six people died in approximately a month’s period, in and around my community, from gunshot wounds.

Mid Town Pub

crab cake
Photo by Eric Tadsen

If Mid Town Pub in Middleton were a novel, it would be the textbook example of why you should never judge a book by its cover. Anchoring a mostly abandoned strip mall with a liquor store on one end, this locally owned eatery boasts some of the best food in the city, despite its outward appearance.

Villa Dolce Does Italian Right

Maria's Pizza
Photo by Eric Tadsen

In a city where the average restaurant may not make it past a year or two, Villa Dolce Italian Restaurant in Middleton is not only celebrating 10 years in business, but co-owner Faton “Tony” Lumani plans to update the eatery’s look and menu this fall.

Balance a Barrel on Your Palate: Barrel-Aged Beers

beer barrels
Photo by Kyle Jacobson

I recently engaged in discussion with a well-traveled brewer on beer palates in the United States. He told me there exists the perception that the Midwest beer palate is behind when compared to the West Coast. Immediately, I brought up German styles and argued that the West seems so focused on IBUs and blasting the tongue with unexpected flavors that something seems lost in the process. I find accentuating flavors that already exist in the malt, hops, yeast, and water to be the primary concern for a good beer before forcing a controlled outbreak of lactobacillus or pediococcus.

Hop Haus Brewing Co.

Hop Haus beers
Photo by Eric Tadsen

With roots almost two centuries deep entangled amongst art and architecture, Madison is a tree from which many have found a branch to trust and a fruit to savor. Restaurants, galleries, the state capital, and a top university to boot, there isn’t much missing if you know where to look. That’s why it shouldn’t be too surprising to learn that the Madison area has over 20 breweries putting out some of the greatest beers Wisconsin has to offer. Who in their right mind would think to put their dog in this fight?

The Rise of Rush Creek Reserve

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Photo by Uriah Carpenter

Between September and November, the cows in the dairy barn at Uplands Cheese near Dodgeville get more sleep than their owner, Andy Hatch, maker of two of the most famous cheeses in America: Pleasant Ridge Reserve and Rush Creek Reserve. That’s because autumn is peak cheese-making season. Every morning, Andy and his crew make Pleasant Ridge Reserve, the farmstead cheese that put Wisconsin on the map with triple American Cheese Society Best in Show wins between 2001 and 2010. Then, from late afternoon until long past sunset, he crafts a soft, bark-wrapped cheese, Rush Creek Reserve. For three months, Andy makes cheese 17 hours a day.

Family Carves a Niche in Lumber

kitchen
Photo by Brunsell Lumber and Millwork

Andrea Brunsell Parks is following the path her great-grandfather started in 1938. Four generations of her family have concentrated their skills on providing the Greater Madison area with premium-quality building materials, and although this is not the career path she originally envisioned, she is now fully engaged.

Garden Sheds, Tools, and Tips

Garden shed
Photo by ZDA, Inc.

Garden sheds and good garden tools may be worth their weight in gold for the time and aggravation they can save. Selecting the proper tools for the job and knowing when and how to use them also helps to reduce wear and tear on your body. The right tools and a convenient place to store them can turn the battle of the bushes and war of the weeds into the joy of gardening.

Crosse House

Crosse House
Photo by Jeanne Engle

Doctor, city father, politician, newspaperman, education advocate, inventor. These are the many distinctions of Dr. Charles Giles Crosse. Dr. Crosse arrived in Sun Prairie from Sauk County on January 1, 1860, with his wife, three children, and $10 in his pocket. Dr. Crosse set up his medical and surgical practice, established a drug store, and five years later enlisted in the Civil War as a surgeon with the 50th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Preventing Pet Weight Gain

Dog with ball

This past summer was absolutely wonderful for spending time outside with your dog. Plenty of daylight to take walks morning and evening, and great weather for hiking on weekends, visiting the local dog park, and swimming in the lakes. If your dog gained a few extra pounds over the winter, hopefully the increased activity throughout the summer meant slimming down. But, like people, as your dog ages, it becomes harder to lose that weight. Being overweight is hard on an aging dog’s joints, as well as on the heart. Becoming more sedentary because of weight gain means less mental stimulation to help ward off signs of cognitive decline (senility). It would be great if we lived somewhere conducive to daily outdoor activity, but that isn’t always possible during the Wisconsin winters.

Community Living Alliance: Bringing Health, Independence, and Dignity Home

CLA Staff
Photo by Community Living Alliance

Getting dressed, making dinner, and dusting the furniture is quite easy for someone who is young and able bodied. But if one is getting up in years or has a physical disability, the simple tasks of daily living may present quite a challenge. That’s when Community Living Alliance (CLA) can help. This community-based, nonprofit agency supports people with physical disabilities or long-term illnesses who wish to live with dignity and independence in the community. CLA is a Wisconsin Medicaid Certified Personal Care Agency.

DIGS

church
Photo by Porchlight, Inc.

The phone begins to ring at 8:30 a.m. with calls from single mothers, fathers, sons, and a couple expecting a child. All are making one last effort to avoid eviction from their housing. With the help of over 25 faith organizations, businesses, and individuals, Porchlight is there for those who need it. The Dwelling Intervention Grants and Sustenance (DIGS) program receives these calls, aiming to prevent homelessness in the wake of a short-term financial emergency by providing counseling and small one-time grants of financial assistance. Reflecting on the work he has done for the past decade, Hasan Mohr says, “The best part is being able to come through for these people.”

This Cake Decorating Shop is Anything But Vanilla

Cupcake liners
Photo by Eric Tadsen

Tom and Jane Stunkard left their home state of Minnesota to pursue their dream of opening a store that caters to the do-it-yourself home baker. After a Wisconsin statewide road trip, the couple landed in Madison, drawn to the city’s lakes and stable economy. Vanilla Bean opened its doors in 1983 at 6805 Odana Road.

Winter is for the Birds

Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Photo by Wisconsin Department of Tourism

Nature can be at its best in winter. Snow reveals backyard neighbors through the tracks and other signs of activity left behind. While many birds migrate, those that stay around can be a joy to watch. Here are some ways to get out and enjoy our feathered friends during the winter months. Be a citizen scientist, celebrate eagles, and design your own bird trail through a part of Wisconsin.

How to Be in Therapy

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In the previous issue of Madison Essentials, I talked about how to go to therapy. You’ve found a solid licensed psychotherapist who is a good fit for you and your needs. Now what?

Issues

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arts
Craig Clifford
John/Christine Designs
community
Barbara Boustead
Community Shares of Wisconsin
Holiday Food Drives
Perfect Fooding
Spirit of Giving
dining
Lombardino's
editor
From the Editor
finance
Charitable Planning
food & beverage
Drumlin Ridge Winery
Lambic Disorder
landmark
Woman's Building
nonprofit
Days For Girls
pets
Pet Rescue Groups
travel
Giving Back: Honor Flights
well-being
Making a Difference at DAIS

September 2018

arts
Deb Gottschalk
Woodland Studios
community
Ho-Chunk
No More!
Self-Improv-ment Level Three
Stoughton Opera House
dining
Athens Grill
editor
From the Editor
finance
Youth & Money
food & beverage
Chinese Grocery Stores
Frabjous Hubs of Influence
landmark
Hotel Ruby Marie
nonprofit
ARCW
REACH-A-Child
pets
Diabetes in Cats
travel
New Glarus
well-being
Community Matters When the Goal is Liberation

July 2018

arts
Fine Arts in Fitchburg: Agora Art Fair
Kay Myers
community
Self-Improv-ment: Level Two
Shame
dining
Fuegos
editor
From the Editor
finance
Passive Income
food & beverage
Art of Cafe: Breweries and the Prolific
home
Water Wise Landscapes
landmark
Cambridge Historic School Museum
nonprofit
Madison Reading Project
WWBIC
pets
Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome
travel
Impact of Travel
well-being
Board and Mind Games
Children and Trauma
Tips for Preserving Cognition

May 2018

arts
Jeff Zimpel
community
Chads
Self-Improv-ment
editor
From the Editor
entertainment
Betty Lou Cruises
Ultimate Frisbee
finance
Smart Way to Save for Travel, Vacations, and Kids Activities
food & beverage
See the Beer, Hear the Beer, Taste the Beer
home
Perennial Favorites
landmark
Breese Stevens Field
nonprofit
Engage. Educate. Empower.
pets
A Tick's Story
shopping
Grills, Grills, Grills
Rutabaga Paddlesports
travel
Camping
well-being
Domestic Violence

March 2018

arts
Brian Kluge
community
Atlas Improv Co.
People Pleaser
dining
Off Broadway Drafthouse
editor
From the Editor
finance
Wealthy Living
food & beverage
Is Brewing Now in Session?
Juice Bars
home
Natural Healing
landmark
Quisling Clinic
pets
Inappropriate Urination
shopping
Deconstruction Inc.
well-being
Capital Fitness
Dentists and ER Doctors Work Together to Ease Patients’ Pain While Reducing Opioid Usage
Importance of Sleep
Rainbow Project

January 2018

arts
S.V. Medaris
community
An Introduction: Sandy Eichel
Feeding Our Community
dining
Sugar River Pizza Company
Vintage Brewing Company
editor
From the Editor
finance
Financial Planning for the Finer Things in Life
food & beverage
Bunky's Catering
Chocolate
Conscious Carnivore
Weizening Up, to Wit: Wheat Beers
home
Think Outside the Box
landmark
American Exchange Bank
pets
Dangerous Food for Pets
service
New Tricks for All Dogs at Dane County Humane Society
travel
Turning the Tables: Table to Farm

November 2017

arts
Rachelle Miller
community
Common Wealth
dining
Nick's Restaurant
OM Indian Fusion Cuisine
editor
From the Editor
food & beverage
Fisher King Winery
Gluten-Free Your Mind
home
Fireplace Professionals
Kids Need Nature
landmark
Hoff Mall
pets
Arthritis Pain in Cats and Dogs
service
Building a More Humane Future
Healthcare: It's Complicated
shopping
Monroe Street Framing
travel
Stay Merry with Music

August 2017

arts
Eric Thomas Wolever
community
Millennium Soccer Club
dining
Brickhouse BBQ
Norske Nook
editor
From the Editor
food & beverage
Badgers, Muskies, and Dopplebocks
home
Blind Romance
Take It Outside
landmark
Towns Building
pets
Dog Park Etiquette
service
Deserved Recognition
Maddie's Felines in Treatment
shopping
CLUCK The Chicken Store
Iconi Interiors
travel
Historic Haunts
well-being
An Apple a Day is an Rx Away



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