The Power of One

Frances Huntley-Cooper, the state’s first Black mayor, has had a storied, service-oriented career.

A Perfect Fit at Z Boutique

In 2013, Schuler opened Z Boutique, the area’s only plus-size boutique. The comfortable, upbeat space has been a haven for women seeking non fast-fashion items for all occasions from casual to dressy.

Ways to Stay Active This Winter

Dr. Derek Clevidence, UnityPoint Health – Meriter Family Medicine provider, gives tips to stay healthy and happy this time of year.

2023 Women to Watch

Our 12 Women to Watch represent individuals who are community changemakers, leaders and creative thinkers with ideas that can shape entire industries.

Mercury Stardust: The Empowering DIYer

Mercury Stardust calls herself a virtual maintenance technician and something of a self-help guide. It may seem like an unusual combination, but it’s a space she thrives in.

Areli Estrada: The Smile-Maker

“I have lived in Mexico, L.A. and Green Bay … Madison is so unique because of its ability to bring people together and work collaboratively. I have a lot of support, and there are large and influential Black and Latino communities here. That’s why we are able to get so many things done,” says Areli Estrada, executive director of Affordable Dental Care.

Alyson Schaefer: The Teacher-Turned-Changemaker

Alyson Schaefer barely took a breath between retiring as a physical education and health teacher from the Waunakee School District to founding her own nonprofit, Mental Fitness 4 Teens, and launching a podcast and YouTube channel.

Diane Hanson: The Faithful Founder

Everything Diane Hanson does is guided by her Christian faith. “I was born a peacemaker. I always knew that about myself,” says the former chaplain.

Megan Sollenberger: The Helping Hand for Families

While millions of people who are mothers don’t found an organization based off of diaper need, that’s exactly what Megan Sollenberger did — starting The Village Diaper Bank in 2018, a nonprofit that provides free diapers and wipes to families in need.

Ann Catlett: The Compassionate Leader

Ann Catlett started Solace Friends in 2018 to provide end-of-life care for people who are housing insecure, impoverished or don’t have a place or people to turn to at the end of life.

Getting Your Affairs in Order

It’s not the most delightful topic to talk about, but keeping your assets organized if something happens to you is crucial.

Balanced Mom, Better Parent

It’s common for moms to feel depleted, overwhelmed and on the verge of burnout. But it doesn’t need to be this way.

The Cheese Explainer

Wisconsin crafts 600-plus different varieties of cheese, and picking one can be mind-boggling. Here’s your cheat sheet.

Black Friday Magic

The Madison Makers Market offers an enjoyable alternative at its Black Friday Holiday Market and Pub Crawl on Nov. 25 (noon to 5 p.m.), which features cocktails, community and one-of-a-kind gifts from more than 120 local artists and crafts-people.

Give the Gift of Books This Holiday

While you’re checking off your gift list for family, friends and colleagues, consider donating to a local nonprofit, too. The Madison Reading Project’s Community Book Drive is one excellent way to do that.

Small Town Holidays

From light displays to shopping events to holiday eats, these Wisconsin small towns offer delightful family fun and plenty to do.

Romantic Escapes Await in Beloit

Impress your sweetie with a getaway to Beloit, whose romantic downtown features charming, century-old buildings highlighted by the scenic Rock River.

Fort Atkinson for Christmas

Fort Atkinson offers memorable events and rich cultural experiences for the whole family during the holiday season.

Middle Grade Magic

BRAVA contributor Laura Anne Bird has written professionally her entire career, but her longtime dream has been to write a children’s novel.

What’s Old is New Again at Waunakee Remodeling

Creativity is a trait that must be employed when cultivating truly successful remodeling projects. Just ask the experts at Waunakee Remodeling, which offers an array of remodeling and home design services.