November 2017


Rachelle Miller

Photo by Rachelle Miller

Winnebago Studios is a rabbit hole to navigate. The warehouse turned artist facility is a seemingly impenetrable block, unmarked save one tarp listing its name. Inside, unlabelled personal studios stud concrete hallways littered with random work. The place is desolate. Tucked behind a corner sits Studio Z. From the outside, its the darkest, smallest unit in the complex. How could life thrive in this most ignored spot? Faint music begins to answer as the door opens to a bright space housing diatoms, quartz, seed pods, and conch shells in generous shades of teal, emerald, and scarlet. The room is an eden, and its gardener, Rachelle MilIer, a warm welcome.

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Common Wealth Development

Photo by Common Wealth Development, Inc.

Common Wealth Development, Inc. has been supporting and preserving the vitality of neighborhoods in the Madison metropolitan area since 1979. Its current executive director, Justice Casteeda, has been at the helm of the nonprofit organization since February of this year. He took over from Marianne Morton, who retired after more than 35 years. As Justice considers the future of his organization, within a framework of racial justice and health equity, he thinks about healthy housing, equitable economic development, and sustainable land use.

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Nick's Restaurant

Photo by Eric Tadsen

Like a lot of children who grow up in a family-owned business, Dino Christ knew it was only a matter of time before he and his brother, Tom, took over their parents restaurant. But unlike many second-generation owners, Dino knew better than to change much at Nicks Restaurant on State Street. A local institution since 1959, Nicks is famous for its old-fashioned booths, celebrity sightings, and the smell of made-from-scratch food.

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OM Indian Fusion Cuisine

Photo by Eric Tadsen

Open just little more than a year, OM Indian Fusion Cuisine on the east side of Madison has quickly risen to the top of the list in a capital city already known for its stellar Indian restaurants.

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From the Editor

Photo by Dane County Humane Society

Welcome to our first bimonthly issue! We look forward to visiting you more frequently with stories of area businesses, organizations, and people. We were motivated to do this because you asked for it and because we have more to give.

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Fisher King Winery

Photo by Eric Tadsen

If it tastes good, it is good. Thats the measure of a quality wine according to Alwyn Fitzgerald, founder of Fisher King Winery.

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Gluten-Free Your Mind

Photo by Kyle Jacobson

I dont like beer. A dagger to the heart, but understandable when coming from someone with celiac disease. Having an autoimmune disease that allows gluten to damage the small intestine creates a reasonable enough barrier between beer and the drinker. When it comes to the available options for the gluten-intolerantheck, Ive tried some gluten-free beers in the past and thought I was sick. Brewmaster Trevor Easton of Alt Brew points out the main reason for the stigma is the overuse of sorghum. A lot of the gulten-free beers had a huge sorghum punch to them. As Chad & Jeremy wrote, But that was yesterday and yesterdays gone.

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Kids Need Nature

Photo by ZDA, Inc.

Over the past few decades, children have spent less and less time in nature. Our grandparents did not return home from playing outside until sunset, something parents of today cannot fathom. At present, most childrens outside experiences are highly structured. Be it a brief school recess or sports practice, children no longer have the opportunity to create their own imaginative outdoor worlds. This trend has resulted in what author Richard Louv called nature deficit disorder, a condition with real health consequences. The cure is simple: bring kids back to nature.

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The Fireplace Professionals

Photo by The Fireplace Professionals, Inc.

On a crisp autumn evening, what could be better than sitting in front of a fireplace in your living room and enjoying the warmth radiating from the flames? Add a companion, a glass of wine, some soft music in the background, and the picture is complete.

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Hoff Mall

Photo by Hoff Mall

Developer Joe Gallina used to drive through Mount Horeb from Madison on his way to ski at Tyrol Basin. He would have breakfast at Schuberts Caf, where he could look upon the historic Hoff Department Store across the street. At that time, Joe was remodeling older buildings into apartments and saw a business opportunity with the store. Enter University of WisconsinExtension Professor (now emeritus) and Dane County Development Specialist Dennis Domack. The professor had conducted studies of economic growth in smaller communities and helped bring in business to those places. He connected Joe to Lyle Johnson, who owned the store building. Lyle was ready to retire and had already closed the store he had operated for 36 years.

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Arthritis Pain in Cats and Dogs

Photo by Dane County Humane Society

Ouch! The typical response when you stub your toe, but when you have muscle pain the day after a pickup soccer game, you might just groan, move slower, or simply pop an ibuprofen to get on with your day. Cats and dogs have similar reactions to pain. Acute, sudden pain will often cause them to vocalize, but when pain is low grade and chronic, it can be hard to know theyre uncomfortable.

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Building a More Humane Future

Photo by Dane County Humane Society

Summer was a busy, yet exciting time at Dane County Humane Society (DCHS). Hundreds of baby wild animals were brought to the Wildlife Center, dozens of kittens found new homes, and the shelter was abuzz every week with 40 campers eager to learn. These kids were a part of Camp Pawprint - Summer Break and came to the shelter for week-long day camps where they interacted with a variety of animals, learned about diverse animal careers, and completed shelter service projects.

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Healthcare: It's Complicated

While efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act are behind us for now [as of this writing], and Congress is looking ahead at fixes to address increasing premiums and unstable insurance markets, we can all be certain of one thing when it comes to healthcare: the need for free clinics.

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A Creative Instinct: Monroe Street Framing Strives to Take Artistic Chances for its Customers

Photo by Eric Tadsen

It started with a one- by one-half-inch newspaper ad in 1998 that read Experienced Picture Framer Wanted. No store name. No address. Just the phone number. Michelle Waldeck came across the ad for a part-time picture framer at Monroe Street Framing. I took out the yellow pages and looked up the address, Michelle says, who has owned the shop since 2007. They thought I was too young, but I was persistent.

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Stay Merry with Music

Photo by Natalie Armstrong

What makes you feel joyous, light hearted, and merry through end-of-year holidays and winters dark days? You can ask my husband and hell confirm I cannot contain my excitement and anticipation during the opening bars of the Overture to The Nutcracker ballet by Tchaikovsky. The original story by Hoffmann is somewhat dark, but the ballet exudes holiday festive spirit.

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