A Fabled Table

A Fabled Table

122 N. Lexington St., Spring Green
588-2351, convivioshop.com

Holiday shoppers, rejoice: If you’re looking for the antithesis of a mega-mall experience, Convivio is a must-stop. This quaint, stylish kitchen and housewares shop set on Spring Green’s main drag offers a peaceful, enjoyable browsing experience, and the entire downtown has a wonderful Main Street USA feel.

The one thing immediately apparent when stepping into the early 1900s building is that owner Mary D’Alton is highly skilled in creating a mood; each table vignette is crafted with a color theme or trend in mind, and the displays are beautiful. No surprise, since D’Alton worked for a number of years at Guild.com (now ArtfulHome.com) and LandsEnd.com styling photo shoots. The space itself lends a sumptuous historic vibe to the merchandise, with lovely wood floors and an original pressed-tin ceiling.

D’Alton is devoted to her local customers. “My goal was to bring something into town that didn’t exist,” she says. Look for very popular selections of Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian wines, as well as local spirits like Death’s Door, 45th Parallel and Old Sugar Distillery—which aren’t carried at the local grocery stores, she says.

Also pick up gorgeous, colorful French textiles by Garnier-Thiebaut, exquisite Portuguese dishware, fun Danica candles, funky Schott Zweisel wine glasses and other items by local artists.

Noting many of her items are lifetime purchases, clearly D’Alton wants to enable customers’ tables for a long time.

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D’Alton collaborates with the owners of Arcadia Books (located near Convivio) to host wine tastings for American Players Theatre. She says it’s been an educational process to learn about the nuances of winemaking in each European country. She notes that she doesn’t carry local wines like Wollersheim, as her aim is to complement the local selection, not compete. $8–$45

With a store that boasts “table tools and trimmings, linens, art, wine, coffee, comestibles and little miracles,” D’Alton’s goal is to “bring people to the table, and inspire you to set a beautiful table.”

A “desire for change” prompted D’Alton to open Convivio in 2008. Having lived in Spring Green for eighteen years, she “truly believed the community would support the store, and they have.”

D’Alton can’t stop raving about her textile assortment: She loves her Garnier-Thiebaut French textiles, and she works with an importer who brings in hand-woven tablecloths for reasonable prices. We spotted a stunning ikat-print tablecloth that was a steal for its sheer beauty, quality and size. $15–$100

In addition to her stellar merchandise lineup, D’Alton carries both local and international artists’ work. Look for her first-Friday-of-the-month art openings in which she showcases an artist and hosts a wine tasting. D’Alton loves the pottery she sells, including Portugese pottery (shown here) and Dodgeville potter Aaron Weaver’s pieces, who hand-throws his pretty dishware and vases. $15–$100

Contact Shayna Miller at windowshoppingmadmag@gmail.com.