The Kitchen Gallery features around 2,000 products in its diverse and expansive store. All manner of kitchen utensils and accessories are available from TKG to aid chefs throughout all stages of food preparation and consumption. Practice your speedy onion dices with a Kershaw Shun Wasabi Santoku knife ($34.95) on a brand-new bamboo Hana grooved cutting board ($12.99), both ideal for menacingly polishing in a front-porch rocking chair. Mix and mash to your heart's content with a Duralex Lys nine-piece nesting-bowl set ($25). Use the 11" barbecue wok/stir-fry non-stick pan ($9.50) for Asian-infused meals or as a highly ineffective canoe paddle. Finish your fabulous feast with a chocolate-dipped delicacy made with a 12-piece Fest chocolate-fondue set ($28), along with some after-dinner caffeine from a Chambord 32 oz. French press ($39.95).
Since 1979, Westfield Comics has been a staple of the regional comics scene, stocking an array of tomes and collectible goods. Aficionados of the illustrated narrative arts can pick up the latest iteration of fan favorites such as Batman or the Green Lantern Corps ($2.99), opt for stylish stories such as Vampirella Crimson Chronicles Maximum ($17.95), or nab a copy of Berserk ($11.99), Oh My Goddess ($9.30), and other manga titles. A broad selection of lifelike action figures and statues invite common folks to protect cubicles from cyborg sales managers.
At Catalyst, multi-triathlon veterans and those who are formulating a workout regimen for the first time can equip themselves with stylish-yet-durable shoes, apparel, and accessories. A carefully selected inventory of popular brands, such as The North Face, Adidas, New Balance, Timex, and Pearl Izumi, outfit men and women looking to pump up their athletic performance or personal appearance. A Barefoot Hybrid Eco mat helps yogis practice poses in comfort ($30), and an Alo Yoga Refresh tank top ($36) wicks sweat off each stretcher’s skin as quickly as a dog licking up spilled hot-dog juice. An avid outdoorsman can stave off the shivers on a cool night with a lightweight Mountain Hardware Onata jacket ($100), and joggers can pound the pavement in fashionable Saucony Progrid Ride running shoes ($95) while sporting a Sweaty Bands headband ($15), which will allow them to focus straight ahead rather than on a pursuing hive of bees.
Bedecking bedrooms, living rooms, and home offices for almost a century, the furniture fiends at Rubin's seek out the finest in formal, casual, classic, and chic furniture design and manufacturing. Peruse the haute hoard of home furnishings, which range from area rugs, futons, chairs, and patio furniture to accent pieces such as trunks, coat racks, and cocoa-flavored candelabras.
Formerly Moe’s Tavern, Diego’s Mexican Bistro updated its multilevel downtown location with a new chef and a new menu of traditional Mexican favorites that focuses on simple, fresh, flavorful ingredients and combinations. The meat, for example, avoids standard preparations: Guests can choose to pack smothered chimichangas or cornmeal-dough huaraches with chipotle roast chicken, Michoacán-style roast pork, or housemade mexican chorizo. The chef’s recipes also include mole—a gluten-free poblano sauce used to douse a vegetarian or chicken dish or a stumped game-show contestant, and customers can wash it all down with a bloody mary.
These changes are the result of giving the people what they want. “We’ve received a lot of feedback from customers who want quality Mexican food downtown," Mohammed Barketallah, owner of Diego’s and the former Frida Mexican Grill, told Madison.com. "So we’re bringing the most popular dishes from Frida’s while enhancing the entire menu.” Along with the menu updates, the decor also underwent some touchups. Frida’s iconic murals were unpacked along Diego’s sprawling, castle-esque space of exposed brick and skinny dining balconies. Flat-screen TVs and a pool table keep the restaurant lively during sports action, and an outdoor patio is tucked under the towering trees and lampposts that line State Street.