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 folklórico 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.
With more than 1,000 pieces of pre-framed art and a skilled staff of Certified Professional Framers on board, Madison Art and Framing combines its vast selection and expertise to fulfill the aesthetic needs of each customer. The shop’s sophisticated framing services can enhance any work of art with mats, frames, and glass put together by a crew also skilled at canvas-stretching, repair, and restoration work. During custom-framing consultations, each frame maker works one-on-one with the customer to ensure the work performed is exactly as envisioned, keeping incidences of satisfaction high and Hulk transformations low.
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.
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.
CafePress is an online hub of inventive, humorous, and customizable clothing and gifts. Clients browse a galaxy of designs uploaded by users, whose most popular images rise to the site's front page; for a sense of scale, the online emporium posts an average of 135,000 new designs each week, keeping the selection fresh so no one has to buy an expired, sour-smelling shirt. Clients may also use CafePress's intuitive design tool to emblazon hoodies, jewelry, mugs, calendars, and museum-quality canvases with their own text or images. Thanks to an iron-clad guarantee of satisfaction, CafePress's clients can shop with the confidence of an invisible knight in a forest of giant eyeballs. Its smooth browsing system, simple design interface, and speedy shipping make the site an ideal destination for gift shopping.
After graduating from Madison Area Technical College with degrees in both photography and small business, Allison Halkey navigated her way through apprenticeships with local photographers and studios. She fused the real-world knowledge she gained with her collegiate background to open her own business, Allison Halkey Photography, where she has captured the auras of subjects for more than five years. With 100 wedding, 350 high-school-senior, and countless family and children sessions under her belt, Allison skillfully frames her clients before generating their likenesses on digital files, retouched prints, or custom photo books sandwiched between softcovers, hardcovers, or heavy-metal covers.