COLLEEN HAYES

Most would be hard-pressed to find a positive spin in a breast cancer diagnosis, but Colleen Hayes, who was diagnosed this past spring, regularly thinks about how lucky she is.

PURPLE REIGN

Devil’s Lake Lavender, a small lavender farm outside of Madison, brings the French countryside to the heart of Wisconsin.

TRAIPSING VINES

Skirting the lush ridges of Madison’s outer borders, two wineries recently opened expansive spaces—signaling Wisco palates are clamoring for an elevated drinking experience.

LIQUID LIBRARY

Yahara Bay Distillery outgrew its original Fitchburg facility in record time, thanks to cranking out over 25 private-label spirits a year, in addition to housing the expansive packaging and storage operation of Vom Fass U.S.A.

BEEF UP YOUR BASEMENT

Interior designer Allison Mercier had her work cut out for her when she took on transforming an underused basement into a bright, upscale and fun space.

A FRESH TAKE ON OPERA

Thanks to Melanie Cain, her husband Frank and their company Fresco Opera Theatre, perceptions of what opera is—and whom it’s meant for—are changing.

CHILDREN’S DELIGHT

Children’s Theater of Madison Erica Berman helps to ensure both families and organizations alike can experience the talent, passion, and cultural differences within the local arts scene.