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Wild Child, a woman-owned, woman-operated business, specializes in natural, organic, and fair-trade clothing for wee folks, from those freshly born up to age seven. A boy can don a durable Liberty Graphics dino tee ($19.50), while a girl can be begarbed in a pre-shrunk Global Mamas batik sundress ($24.50). A cotton thermal blanket ($19.50) keeps babies and freshly baked pies warm, while accessories (such as a funky apron printed with ladybugs, $19.95) and toys (such as an organic monkey stuffed animal, $18) keep them entertained and stain-free. Many of Wild Child's clothes are tie-dyed and hand-painted vibrant hues by local artists, and 40% of the items in the store are Wild Child's own clothing line, giving children the opportunity to roll in the dirt in a shirt designed by a noggin attached to arms, legs, and a torso that once rolled in that same dirt.

1813 Monroe St
Madison,
WI
US

Mannequins make wonderful pets because they quietly flaunt the latest fashions and don't need bones to love you unconditionally. Earn their ardor with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of apparel, accessories, and more at Twigs on Monroe Street.

Twigs stocks a carefully curated collection of apparel, jewelry, and accessories from a variety of designers. High-end threads of Anna Sui, Rag and Bone, and Nanette Lepore fill racks next to trendy dandifiers, costume jewelry, and accessory accessories. Pick up a variety of USA-manufactured wardrobe staples from Splendid, including the sheer simplicity of a vanilla layering tank ($48) and coal-hued stretch leggings ($55). Bedazzle your soul sack with jewelry from AV Max, such as a deep-blue wooden bangle ($30) accented by brass rivets or a pair of vivid orange and red dangle earrings ($30) for lobes that do more than support attention-hogging ear canals.

Twigs is staffed by friendly and discerning retail professionals, so if you're uncertain about anything, from the best look for a beach party to the right purse to match your gigantic pigeon costume, simply inquire while perusing their stock of classic and trendy accoutrements. There are even a handful of items for sale that operate on an oft-overlooked member of the sensory staff; re-scent your homestead with a blackberry basil candle by Votivo ($25) or repopulate your skin smells with notes of blood orange from Stella solid perfume ($30) by Tocca.

Reviews

Three Yelpers give Twigs a perfect five stars:

  • This place is top of the line, even with all the great stores that are in Chicago. They have a great selection and beautiful jewelry. – Cara R.
  • Top notch service - the crew was extremely helpful - they quickly welcomed me, asked if they could help with anything, and pointed me in the right direction. – Steve L.
570 N Midvale Blvd
Madison,
WI
US

Since 1983, Monroe Street Framing has been sheltering frameless photos and works of art from quality-diminishing elements using custom-made molding and an array of framing services. With 43 years of combined preservation practice, the owners and staff possess plenty of creative expertise and craftsmanship to tend to any project, such as framing historic WWII memorabilia, nostalgic sports keepsakes, and dishonest maps. While poster framing can start as low as $35, the average ticket ranges from $150¬–$200 for larger projects. Each custom-framed piece protects family portraits and commemorative space dolphin posters with an intergalactic lifetime guarantee.

1901 Monroe St
Madison,
WI
US

Vending practice duds, game-day gear and couch-ready wearables one block from the gridiron at Camp Randall, The Equipment Room outfits sporting bodies with official Adidas apparel from Wisconsin football, basketball, hockey, and more. Show off summer knees by whipping a wicked crossover between a pair of official pregame basketball shorts ($35), or look official for a game of touch, flag or paper football clad in the Badger red of a Wisconsin antimicrobial T-shirt ($28). Players keep domes warm while pacing the sidelines in a player reversible knit stocking cap ($20), which locks in heat and memories of playbook-study sessions. Ladies wear Badger pride on their sleeves with Badger pride with a retro-print women’s tri-blend V-neck tee ($26), repping Wisconsin pride during pregame tailgates or postgame water-balloon fights with opposing fans.

1439 Regent Street
Madison,
WI
US

The Madison Pub Club card works like magic. With a power similar to that of a hypnotist’s watch or the key to Detroit Rock City, the card only needs to be waved in front of bartenders at six participating bars to receive a two-for-one special on any one item $6 in value or less. The card can be used once per day, every day at each bar, totaling a maximum of six free drinks every 24 hours. Though there are some restrictions in regards to time, four of the six bars accept it during all normal business hours.

1421 Regent Street
Madison,
WI
US

Since the 1950s, Wingra Boats has outfitted groups and individuals for treks along the serene, wake-free Lake Wingra with their fleet of water vessels. Starting out with a small squad of canoes, the company has grown to include more than 100 canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, rowboats, and standup paddleboards. In addition to supplying rentals, the staff keep limbs limber with yoga?performed on dry land or atop paddleboards?and strengthens cores with standup paddleboard lessons. Youngsters get in on the action during Camp Wingra sessions, where they learn to cast, reel, and ask fishes for any seven cards, or paddle and play aboard kayaks and canoes. The staff also lead guided tours and birding expeditions, and tuck vessels away in a private boat marina and storage facility.

812 Knickerbocker St
Madison,
WI
US