6 gems that make Spring Green worth a shopping trip

Calling all lovers of local arts, foods and gifts! We’ve compiled a list of unique browsing and tasting spots in nearby Spring Green.
Three wooden shelves display a variety of candles and dining wares against a navy blue wall.
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Spring Green is a one-of-a-kind small town with a sense of creativity and natural beauty that has entranced generations of wanderers. This is probably why so many decide to stick around and set up shop. Many businesses help define Spring Green beyond its title as home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin. We’ve compiled a list of some Spring Green gems for unique browsing, tasting and shopping experiences.

Convivio
Shop for: Espresso/coffee, wine, fair-trade items, table setting pieces, candles, linens, art and gifts

Convivio means a feast gathering in Italian, Spanish and Latin, which seems like an apt name for the Spring Green store that focuses on dining room supplies that invite fellowship through food. This quaint shop is located in a historical corner building downtown. Eclectic merchandising encourages browsing and an in-shop coffee bar rounds out the experience. 122 N. Lexington St.

Arcadia Books + The Paper Crane Coffeehouse
Shop for: Books for all ages, coffee/espresso, tea, smoothies, wine, beer, local cheese and meats, housemade pastries and light fare

An indie bookstore in Spring Green just seems right. Arcadia Books offers a full selection of thoughtfully displayed books for adults, teens and children to browse. Friendly and knowledgeable booksellers are there to help you figure out your next great read (or two or three). Charming wood chairs and tables basking in the sunlight and an in-house café gives you a reason to stay awhile. 102 E. Jefferson St.

 

Wilson Creek Pottery
Shop for: handmade pottery, bowls, plates, baking dishes, wine glasses, coffee mugs, serving dishes, made-to-order plates

This one is a little ways away from the main drag, but it’s worth the drive. Wilson Creek head potter Ashley Pfannenstiel creates beautiful, functional, dishwasher-safe pieces for your kitchen. In natural colors like farmhouse white, harvest gold and patina (a bright blue), Wilson Creek offers everything from stemless wine glasses to pie plates. Each piece is handmade and thus slightly different with great consideration for the way each dish will fit into your life. E6101 Co Road WC

 

 

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Nectar Bakery
Shop for: Pastries, desserts, made-to-order cakes, granola and coffee

Nectar Bakery focuses on scratch baking, celebrating floral flavors and the important work of pollinators. A large map of the Driftless region anchors the space and nods to its commitment to sourcing from the local and regional food economy. Pastries and desserts are baked with grains from nearby Meadowlark Mill and Farm and nearby creameries and farms supply produce, eggs and dairy products. Stop in for coffee and a bite, and stock up on some of Nectar’s pecan granola. 136 Albany St.

 

 

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Wander Provisions

Shop for: Locally and regionally sourced food and beverages, sandwiches, vintage recreational items, made-to-order picnic and outdoor cooking kits, bulk grains

Wander Provisions makes us crave a good old-fashioned picnic, complete with a plaid picnic blanket and a candy-colored thermos for two. A picnic-focused biz makes plenty of sense with its proximity to American Players Theatre. Wander Provisions offers made-to-order picnic kits and has a sweet selection of vintage recreational items — some of which you can use to build a nostalgic picnic basket. Even if you’re not out for a picnic, this spot has lots of local food and drink items, a bulk section with Meadowlark Mill and Farm grains and beans and a well-rounded deli menu. Give them a call to make sure it’s open before you go. 128 S. Albany St.

Retail Area In Color

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Spring Green General Store
Shop for: Comfort food, groceries, women’s clothing and accessories, gifts, art and crafts

The Spring Green General Store is a small town staple. Brightly painted with a front and back porch for lounging, the main business is divided between a restaurant and a retail store, all in the same space (which used to be a cheese warehouse in the early 20th century). It has all of the kitschy gifts and old-fashioned comfort food you’d expect of a general store, plus it anchors the community with gatherings and live music. 137 S. Albany St.

Emma Waldinger is associate editor at Madison Magazine.

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