February Editor’s Picks

In this monthly dispatch, editorial director Shayna Mace visits a unique boutique, tries out a new restaurant and details easy ways to give back this month. 

Star Scents at Zodica Perfumery

What if you could pick a scent and love it, simply based off of your zodiac sign? It sounds wacky, but there’s a method to that madness — and Kristi Moe of Zodica Perfumery did three year’s worth of research to prove it.

5 Madison Chocolatiers to Sample

In Madison, we’re fortunate to have chocolatiers in nearly every direction. Here are 5 chocolate businesses to fulfill your sweet cravings.

Rolling Into 20 Years With Madison Roller Derby

This year, Madison Roller Derby is celebrating its 20th anniversary as the city’s premier league, and after a hiatus from March 2020-December 2022, derby team members are excited to return to the track for their first full home season back.

Visual Art Reigns This January

After a busy holiday season, it’s nice to slow down and savor a new year. Carve out some “me” time and check out these art exhibits this month.

2024 Women to Watch

We like to call them champions for change. These are the women, who, when faced with a seemingly daunting task — take on the challenge with gusto. Accessibility for children with disabilities, improving Black birth outcomes and addressing youth mental health are just some of these issues. Meet this year’s group of extraordinary women.

Anna Stern: Breaking Gender Barriers

Anna Stern works on a variety of community initiatives as vice president of Tri-North Builders, with the ultimate goal of engaging more girls and women in the industry.

Angela Wallace: Helping Families With Heart

Angela Wallace is helping families as the executive director of Logan’s Heart and Smiles, a nonprofit that makes accessibility and safety modifications to the homes of families with children with disabilities.

Susan Yackee: Bridging a Divided Society

Susan Yackee, director of UW-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs, has achieved a lot in recent years, including creating the first La Follette School Policy Poll and the Wisconsin Main Street Agenda Project.

Afra Smith: Building Black Women’s Wealth

Based off of her experiences and a desire to help Black women avoid financial pitfalls, Afra Smith founded The Melanin Project, a business providing financial coaching and education about building wealth.

How to Kick-Start DEI Initiatives at Your Company

“Folks want to work for values-based organizations, places that aren’t sharing talking points but walking the talk,” says Russell, referring to companies that implement diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts.

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BE FAST — Learn the Signs of Stroke

A Stoughton Health nurse and clinical quality specialist discusses the signs of stroke and how to act quickly if you suspect you or a loved one is having a stroke.

Back to Basics

Here’s what you can do to ensure your back stays healthy and happy.

Gripping, Midwest-Based Reads

Three authors who call our literary city home have launched new novels, and they’re all worth adding to your TBR (“to-be-read”) pile.

Celebrate the Season

We’ve compiled what to see, do and where to shop this holiday season in Madison. Enjoy!

Don’t-Miss These Holiday Performances

By Jessica Steinhoff | Pictured: “A Christmas Carol” “A MADISON SYMPHONY CHRISTMAS” Dec. 1-3, Overture Center The symphony teams up with hundreds of heavenly…

Set the Scene

Winter celebrations call for extra-special table settings.

Fort Atkinson’s Favorites

There’s something special about celebrating the holidays surrounded by small-town charm, in a destination like Fort Atkinson. 

Festive Fox Cities

Wisconsin’s Fox Cities area is home to 19 unique communities that offer some of the most memorable holiday experiences in the area.

Native Voices

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, six Native women share how their culture, traditions and elders have influenced who they are today.