AN AIR AND A FLAIR

If you haven’t been to Janesville or Beloit in a while, it’s time to get off the Interstate and explore. A spirit of renewal flows through both communities, which embrace the Rock River, their downtowns, green spaces, parks, paths and scenic views hugging its shores.

Brown & Beam

DECKED OUT

Tucked away in a business park on the west side of Middleton, Brown & Beam is a multifaceted shop for anyone looking to spruce up their living space.

HEADED TO MADISON

Mary Morgan, owner and president of Reading Group Choices, shares her current five favorite books whose authors have appeared or will make a visit to 702WI this year.

EMOTIVE VERSE

“As the saying goes, you can’t swing a dead cat in this city without hitting a writer,” poet Rita Mae Reese says, chuckling. Her light drawl and candid demeanor, and a dose of Southern charm, reflect her upbringing in Charleston, West Virginia.

FRENCH QUARTERS

BRAVA scopes out the new french cafe La Kitchenette, a modern reboot of its predecessor Chez Nanou at the same Willy Street locale in Madison.

NOW HEAR THIS

Everything is so new—and so retro—these days. It’s easy to combine both for some good tunes at home and beyond using a portable speaker, turntable or radio.