PEACE & QUIET

Nestled amid wide-open spaces and sweeping fields lies a slice of paradise, less than 40 minutes from downtown Madison – Still Point Country Retreat.

Avid Gardener

RURAL SPLENDOR

Living off the land is paramount to Christianne Laing, owner of The Avid Gardener. Her 3-acre farm offers wide open space and fresh air.

A CONSTANT STATE OF REBIRTH

Blink and you might miss the low-slung angles of Taliesin, the estate of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, outside of Spring Green.

Calliope Ice Cream

FANCIFUL SCOOPS

Calliope Ice Cream founder Staci Fritz is taking palates to unexpected places with her creative and innovative flavors using top-notch ingredients.

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.

DISCOVER AGRACE’S SERVICES

Helping a loved one face a serious illness is never easy, but you don’t have to do it alone. If you need someone to guide you, ask for Agrace.

DISCOVER AGRACE’S SERVICES

Helping a loved one face a serious illness is never easy, but you don’t have to do it alone. If you need someone to guide you, ask for Agrace.

CANCER SURVIVORS & THRIVERS ICE CREAM SOCIAL

A party like no other, Turville Bay invites the community to join cancer survivors, those living with cancer, their families, friends and caregivers as well as healthcare providers, at their 7th Annual Cancer Survivors & Thrivers Ice Cream Social on Sunday, June 4 from 1-3 PM.

wooden furniture

SLICK STICKS

Old-fashioned craftsmanship is hard to beat, and sometimes hard to find. Luckily, the Madison area has several local furniture artisans.

CAPTIVATE WITH CONFIDENCE

Vocal instructor Veronica Rueckert, host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s news magazine “Central Time,” shares these top tips for projecting confidence.

OPIOID ADDICTION

The steep rise in opioid addiction and overdoses in Wisconsin and around the country makes prevention and effective treatment ever more critical.

THE FACES OF OPIOID ADDICTION

When the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported that more people died from opioid overdose than car accidents in 2015, it was as if someone had shaken state lawmakers awake.

OREGON’S WHIMSICAL REVIVAL

Preserve memorable moments, sip seasonal lattes, and bowl the night away in nearby Oregon. We’ve got the hot spots to visit on your trip.

LOCAL WOMEN GLOBAL IMPACT

Meet five local visionaries, inspirations and advocates who are making a global difference and weaving connections between Madison and the world.

rockabetty's salon

VINTAGE GLAM

Classic beauty meets mod trends at Rockabetty’s Salon and Spa. Its retro décor is a fitting complement to the eclectic South Park Street’s lower strip.

PARISIAN VOYAGE

Tour France through a true foodie’s eyes—and palate—by joining an “Experience in Paris” trip. Two Madison-area women will show you the way.

Ashley Robertson

AMPLIFYING WITH ART

Ashley Robertson’s work is driven by emotion, with portraits guided as much by her heart as by her hands and heavily influenced by the women in her life.

glass

CLASSY GLASS

A light-filled pane can be a great frame for some art glass, and there are tons of styles to fit every taste. Explore these local options now.

TAKE A MENTAL BREAK

Aren’t we all in need of a place to clear our heads and relax? These three travel destinations are perfect for a mental break.

Artesan Fruit company

JUICY MOLDS

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the elaborate fruit sculptures made by Artesan Fruit company are worth a million.

International Crane Foundation

FROM THE SACRED TO THE SUBLIME

Just north of Madison, you can visit the International Crane Foundation and their tenacious efforts to pluck nearly a dozen bird species from extinction.

CONVERSATIONS WITH AGING PARENTS

It’s sometimes hard to grasp the fact that as we age, so do the ones who have cared for us our entire lives. At what point do the caregivers become the ones needing care?

CULTIVATING RESILIENCE

Resilience allows us to stay strong and in balance in the face of life’s challenges. It’s something we can all cultivate, this capacity to bounce back.

REPURPOSED PORCHES

See how organizer extraordinaire Tricia Nowicki used her own front porch as a guinea pig of sorts, jazzing up the narrow space with some seasonal décor.

ROCK SOLID

Ascending to the top takes more than grit at Boulders Climbing Gym. For 20 years, Boulders has been a rigorous training ground for climbers of all levels.

SALUD!

These locales are worth a happy hour visit any day of the week, serving up affordable and inventive spreads, a welcoming vibe and a good cocktail, or two.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

The new book “Infamous Mothers” celebrates strong women who have triumphed—and now thrive, with impact—not despite, but because of their challenging pasts.

PET PARTNERS FOR HEALTH

Dogs on Call is an organization where volunteer owners and their pets provide activities and therapy to a variety of groups, with heartwarming results.

WEDDING BLISS

Inspired by a few Madisonians’ weddings, BRAVA stylist Shanna Wolf lays out ideas from fashion to flowers to general finery for your wedding plans.

A CAREER REIMAGINED

Read on for deep-in-your-soul insights and inspiring stories of local women to help you finally discover your true career calling.

THRIVE Luncheon Series | 2017

Inspiring keynote speakers focus on personal enrichment topics that encourage you to live your life with intention – and THRIVE. Sheraton Madison Hotel |…

DALE KUSHNER

By Rachel Werner | Photographed by Kaia Calhoun Instinctively drawn to writers who explore the inner lives of women, Dale Kushner’s debut novel “The…

Kelly Harms

KELLY HARMS

By Rachel Werner | Photographed by Kaia Calhoun Penning the types of books she likes to read, Kelly Harms nails the North Woods’ romantic…

PRODUCTIVITY IS POSSIBLE

By Meg Rothstein   Katie Belanger, a nationally respected productivity guru, holds a formidable record of leadership and achievement. Belanger has served in numerous…

BULK BOTANICALS

By Rachel Werner | Photographed by Kaia Calhoun Green living is more than a fad for Plant Based Goods owners Anna Beck (right) and…

Sun Prairie shops

CREATIVE CHEMISTRY

By Elle Duncomb-Mills | Photos Courtesy of Kate & Co. and The Wire Basket Sun Prairie, a fast-growing community just northeast of Madison, is…

La Taguara

A GASTRONOMIC EXPEDITION

By Sujhey Beisser | Photographed by Sunny Frantz Embark on a culinary jaunt to La Taguara’s second restaurant on East Johnson Street. The unexpected…

REMODELING 101

By Marni McEntee | Styled and Photographed by Shanna Wolf Sprucing up your home,  even if you’re planning to sell, doesn’t have to be…

bath

SPLISH SPLASH

By Marni McEntee | Photographed by Shanna Wolf March in Wisconsin is a bit of a shoulder season. It’s often still too chilly to…

spring clean your life

SPRING CLEAN YOUR LIFE

By Meg Rothstein | Illustrated by Stacey Anderson While we’re prepping our flower beds, opening our windows wide and chasing dust bunnies out the…

green cleaning

GREEN CLEANING

Living the eco-clean dream is simpler than one might think. And Plant Based Goods owners Anna Beck and Laura Lawler insist it’s a lot…

Kin-Kin Coffee

POTENT BEANS

By Anna Thomas Bates | Photographed by Sunny Frantz Gwen and Kyle Johnson have a full plate and a brimming cup of coffee. And…

organized kids room

HAPPILY EVER ORGANIZED

By Shelby Deering | Photographed by Shanna Wolf & Kaia Calhoun Fun can be a messy business, especially when it comes to kids. But…

Erin Celello

ERIN CELELLO

By Rachel Werner | Photographed by Kaia Calhoun A thought-provoking combination of self-reflection and social commentary, Erin Celello’s second novel “Learning to Stay,” about…

The Jills of All Trades

GIVING SOLO PROFESSIONALS PRESENCE

By Kate Bast | Photographed by Kaia Calhoun, Styled by Julie Mierkiewicz Megan Boswell and Corinne Neil first met at a neighborhood meetup, and…

ABOUT THE MODEL

Interviewed by Helen Bush Photographed by Shanna Wolf   Full Name: Elle Azul Duncombe-Mills Age: 21 Occupations: Freelance writer, photographer and jewelry designer/maker Where…

NIGHT SHADES

By Marni McEntee The latest research on getting a good night’s sleep often comes with the recommendation to limit light in the bedroom, from…

FALL IN LOVE

By Helen Bush Looking for a little romance this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than Madison’s lush B&Bs and hotels, where a night or…

Waunakee

DAY TRIPPING

By Elle Duncombe-Mills Waunakee, just north of Madison, has a new and evolving sparkle. With its tight-knit community, great schools and close proximity to…

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