A FIT IN THE TRADE SHE LOVES

Sandy Thistle had what it took to be in construction. She was a natural at math and understood mechanics, so she could easily do the figuring it took to make a project plumb.

BRINGING SOMETHING MORE TO THE POLICE FORCE

Alex Nieves Reyes was 14 when her mom brought Reyes and her three siblings from Puerto Rico to New York City. Times weren’t easy and the family ended up on the streets, and then in a shelter.

MAKE A STATEMENT

Rebelistas rouse! Adorn yourself in contrasting accents! Embrace fall’s coolness by draping a smart trench over sleek, cigarette jeans, and its heat, with a fierce crimson clutch.

GOOD EATS AND ANTIQUES

Simple, small-town charm is what you’ll encounter on a sunny day in Lake Mills, although don’t let the laid-back atmosphere fool you—there’s plenty to do.

ABOUT THE MODELS

BRAVA Magazine sat down with our two fall fashionistas, Brittany Kraemer and Holly Meyers, for a quick “About the Models” interview.

TOWARD VALUE AND WELLBEING IN LIFE

Jen Rudis understands that life can be a roller coaster. After losing 125 pounds a few years ago, she was inspired to leave her corporate human resources and finance career.

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.

STILL I RISE

Barriers can be exhausting, especially if our eyes are on a goal. That’s where resilience comes in, a subject that Gail Ford knows all too well.

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.

NOODLED TO PERFECTION

RP’s Pasta Company founder and master pasta maker Peter Robertson’s primary goal is to give customers a phenomenal food experience.

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.

PURPOSE OVER PAIN

If chronic pain or an injury is putting a cramp in daily life, try these relief methods offered by local wellness experts.

GILDED WINGS

A decade-long professional dance career taught former prima ballerina and Madison native Rachelle Butler a vital lesson.

FOR LOVE OF PEOPLE AND PLACE

The once spare area is transforming into a spectacular green space highlighting the beauty of Lake Mendota, the Memorial Union and the Red Gym and recognizing the broad contributions from UW Madison’s storied history: Its alumni.

IT’S SHOWTIME!

We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 must-see art events in the coming year in the Madison area.

FERTILE GROUND: MEG MITCHELL’S BOUNTIFUL CREATIONS

Meg Mitchell’s creative genius was working on overdrive when she mocked up the concept for the “Hops Exchange,” her plant-based installation added earlier this year to the MMoCA’s rooftop sculpture garden.

WHAT’S FINE ON HIGHWAY 69

You don’t have to travel far to find a few historic Wisconsin towns that feel worlds away. Hop on Highway 69 to visit Verona, Paoli, and New Glarus today.

SUMMER SKIN REHAB

Too much fun in the sun can leave skin chapped, cracked and lackluster. Infuse more moisture into dry areas with hydrating cleansers, whipped creams and organic salves.

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD

AJ Carr and his mom Dorecia are creating a new vision for youth of color with their nonprofit, Building Bosses.

CARING FOR ETHNIC HAIR

Whether you want to show off your natural hair texture, add shine or play up definition, finding the right hair care products for ethnic hair can be challenging.

HOP TO SHOP AT THIS BOUTIQUE ON WHEELS

A sleek and chic boutique on wheels, Grasshopper Goods offers an ever-changing selection of gifts, housewares, clothing and jewelry—all with a truck-sized twist.

GREAT PLACES FOR WOMEN TO WORK

Recently, the BRAVA team posed a thought-provoking question: “what makes a company a great place to work?” We found our answers.

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LADDERS TO SUCCESS

Mentorship can provide valuable opportunities to learn, grow and cultivate talent in the workforce via the guidance of a more experienced colleague.

THE ART OF DREAM CATCHING

Megan Watt and her business, Dream Catalyst Labs, offers speaking, training and coaching services for business, nonprofit, and education clients.

CITY PRETTY

The front garden of Mendota Lake House Bed & Breakfast is a riot of color in summer, as thousands of blooms thrust forth in fragrant bunches.

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OFFICE MATES

No dozing off in front of your device with this office ensemble. It’s bright, fun and functional from ceiling to floor!

FARM FRESH

Trellised vines and little lambs appear on the horizon on a stroll at Campo di Bella—a family-owned and operated farm and winery in Mount Horeb.

BECOME THOUGHTFULLY FIT

By Meg Rothstein Craving happiness and fulfillment in work and in life? The power is in you! Attendees at BRAVA’s June THRIVE Career Workshop…

INTO THE WOODS

Never before have humans lived so separate from nature. It’s considered so much of an epidemic that psychologists have a term for it: Nature Deficit Disorder.

REPRESENT

Fly your Wisco flag high with these locally made tees—colorful and playful reminders that there’s no place like home.

EURO STYLE

Visitors stepping through the sliding glass entrance of the AC Hotel immediately detect the air’s floral notes and are bathed in natural light pouring in from each direction.

FARM FRESH TABLE WARE

Sea-blue runners and Delft-esque plates are the perfect summery table setting for the gifts from your garden.

A TINY BIDDING WAR

Tiny houses are all the rage for the sustainable living set these days, but dozens of tiny house villages have sprung up across the nation to address a different kind of first-world trend: Homelessness.

SPICE IT UP

Shop at these specialty Madison markets to give your pantry some international flair with some new ingredients, soon to be kitchen staples.

IN THE SUMMER TIME

Fair weather travel ideas for a fine Wisconsin summer – pedal, paddle or pedi your way to a great summer day.

URBAN NATURE

Let’s face it: We could all use a bit more nature in our lives. Of the countless natural gems scattered throughout Wisconsin, some of the best spots happen to be in Madison’s backyard.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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