March Editor’s Picks

By Shayna Mace

Resale Results

Photography by Hillary Schave

This issue’s “Secondhand Scores” feature was so much fun to edit. Contributor Katrina Simyab did the legwork to explore the city’s best secondhand, vintage and antique shops. It’s surprising to me how many people aren’t aware of what great secondhand shops we have!

I personally love Style Encore and Once Upon a Child, both of which are on the East Side and share a parking lot. I gather up my kids’ outgrown clothing as well as any of my clothing I’d like to offload and stop in both shops. I’ve found wonderful, gently-used (and many times new) clothing for myself and my kids. Shopping secondhand is eco-friendly, too!


Quick Beauty Tip

This might seem a little offbeat to include but since I get asked about it so often, I’m going to mention it. If you’re like me and don’t have time to do your nails every week, press-on nails are a game-changer. Now, press-on nails aren’t new the scene — in fact, they’re more popular than ever. I started using press-on nails years ago, so I was a bit ahead of the curve.

I love imPRESS’ No Glue Mani. The nails come in tons of colorways, take less than 10 minutes to apply and are under $10. You simply peel off a backing and each nail sticks on like sticker. And, they last over a week with no chipping. That’s a win.

New Restaurant Opening

Nicole Hansen Photography

A colleague and I are dining at Butterbird in two weeks, and we’re both excited to try out Shaina and Joe Papach’s second Madison restaurant (their first being the lauded The Harvey House). The restaurant has a casual chicken concept, offering fried and rotisserie chicken by the piece.

Chicken is also the star of a few sandwiches, including the Butterbird classic (crispy chicken thigh, shredded lettuce, super dill pickles and ranch), the hot badger chicken sandwich (fried in chili oil and served with a smoky chipotle mayo) and a rotisserie sandwich made with pulled chicken, green garlic aioli, Swiss cheese and shredded cabbage on a toasted brioche bun. There’s also a smash burger, eggplant sandwich and a number of sides and sweets to choose from.

The food isn’t the only attraction; the space is also artfully designed as well. According to a press release: “…the Butterbird space embodies the nostalgia of an American diner with a tile-lined bar in the center of the space, terrazzo floors, powdered-covered metal tables, and booths upholstered with black and white gingham or burnt brown leather. A nod to Wisconsin and the Badgers, color palates of maroon and cream can be found throughout the space along with UW-Madison memorabilia and vintage chickens.”

Many Thanks

Photography by Shalicia Johnson

Our feature stories require copious planning and research. There are a number of ways we do this, but an important avenue we employ is tapping into our pool of contributors. I’m grateful to one of our photographers, Shalicia Johnson, for connecting me with Kristin Keir, who I profiled in this issue’s “Pain Into Purpose” feature. Keir’s partner, Dax Bakken, passed away unexpectedly at 51 years old, and Keir details how her and their daughter, Maeve, deal with their grief and honor Bakken every day.

The most impactful thing she shared with me during our conversation was about recognizing and living with grief. She said: “I’m learning it’s not about moving on — I don’t think I will — it’s moving with this.”  Check out the profile here.

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