Each month, a glossy new issue of Madison Magazine arrives in the mailboxes of readers, sharing local stories and events such as a profile of a local band instructor or an upcoming ballet folkl?rico performance. For nearly 35 years, the award-winning publication has filled pages with articles and photographs showcasing the Madison area?s restaurants, businesses, and cultural life. The arts and entertainment section highlights events such as the Madison World Music Festival, and food and dining articles explore new barbecue spots and share recipes that highlight local and seasonal ingredients. In addition to regularly reserving space for subjects such as health and habitat, the magazine turns out once-a-year creations, such as an annual food lover's issue and a Best of Madison Readers? Poll that directs readers toward comfortable coffeehouses and talented theater companies.
Since 1989, designers and framers at the locally owned and operated The Great Frame Up have covered artwork and photos with thousands of frame and mat combinations and prevented 3-D keepsakes and sports memorabilia from selling themselves on eBay by enshrouding them in shadowboxes and acrylic cases. Framing jobs take place entirely on-site, ensuring a speedy turnaround on projects and a personal guarantee on all craftsmanship. The Great Frame Up’s website offers tips and trends to help customers navigate the process, from choosing frames to hanging and arranging finished pieces.
Bead Bin's staff furnishes jewelry boxes with a wide array of well-organized beads and stringing material and teaches the craft of creating jewelry by leading a variety of instructive classes. A smorgasbord of glass pearls and Swarovski crystals populate beading kits available in a galaxy of colors, outfitted with either base-metal or sterling-silver fasteners. After baubles in favorite colors or eye-matching hues have been chosen, guests receive an in-store tutorial on proper bead-slinging techniques to create bracelets that decorate delicate joints like a piñata decorates the interior of a lucky politician's limousine.
The Exclusive Company—a Wisconsin-bred music-and-movie retailer—has given the gift of song since 1956, earning a Best of Milwaukee award from Shepherd Express readers in 2011. Passionate staffers guide visitors toward sprawling collections of rock and jazz and bins brimming with DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, and loose 8mm slides from Kenny G's summer vacation. In addition to peddling new vinyl releases such as El Camino by the Black Keys and Revolver by T-Pain, the shop functions as a trading post, helping to find loving homes for preowned films and music. All used discs are carefully buffed into shape before meeting their new owners, and each comes backed by a money-back guarantee, which promises store credit if a preowned item exhibits biting tendencies. Most used CDs, DVDs, and vinyl cost less than $20.
Mimosa co-owners Diane Doughman, who studied Eastern traditions, and Ashley Leavy, a certified master of crystology, line their shop's shelves with enlightening tomes, accessories, and aromas representing the wisdom of the world. The boutique draws from a range of spiritual philosophies that promote diversity as well as holistic healing. Studious types can read up on Eastern traditions in The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners ($12) or fine-tune meditation techniques with Chakra Mantras ($16.95). Dwellings exhale bad spirits through the garage door when imbued with the scent of an herbal Crystal Journeys Reiki candle ($8.50), while lucky charms are placed in safe keeping with an angel box.