The wheels are turning for pottery artist Shandra Bjyrd
Her fascination with clay started at an early age, and her love for the medium has only grown over time.
The ultimate guide to local picnics
From where to go to what to bring, celebrate all things local with a summer picnic.
Order the Best of Madison issue
See the full list of Best of Madison 2022 winners and so much more in the August issue of Madison Magazine.
Best of Madison Editors’ Picks 2022
For the second year in a row, Madison Magazine’s editors selected a few winners of their own.
Best of Madison 2022 Winners
The Best of Madison 2022 Readers’ Poll is here, and we’re celebrating the businesses, people and things that make this area our paradise on earth.
10 reasons why we’re in mushroom mania
Mushrooms have a starring role on menus across Madison, growers are cultivating unique varieties, many people are shifting to plant-based diets and home chefs are finding ways to incorporate fungi into dishes.
New events venue with dining business to open on Madison’s east side in 2023
The Atwood Music Hall will host performing arts, events and weddings, along with offering a restaurant concept from the owners of Ahan.
Jay Larson’s handcrafted wooden vessels get people on the water
Jay Larson owns Cedarfish Boat Co., which he started four years ago after becoming a full-time woodworker.
Local meetup group bring dogs and people together
There’s a dog meetup group in Madison that’s open to dogs of all breeds and sizes.
10 places where you can treat your pet
These local stores offer a way for people to spoil your pets.
Local pet walkers provide breaks for dogs during the day
It’s recommended that dogs get between 30 minutes and two hours of exercise a day, so that’s when a professional dog-walking service may come in handy.
Order the July Issue: Vegetables take the plate
Plant-based and vegetable-forward dishes have starring roles on menus around town.
Yellow Dog Deli creates healthy meals for furry friends using human-grade ingredients
At Yellow Dog Deli, you won’t be able to step up and order a pastrami on rye for yourself, as this business is intended for the four-legged customer.
Great Dane to open a brewery in Japan
Construction is set to start this summer, and they aim to start distributing beer throughout Japan in early 2023.
TacoCat Creations crafts brightly colored catnip toys to make cats and their humans happy
All of TacoCat’s products are made by hand and uses catnip in small batches to maintain the potency.
Crowning Madison’s cutest pets
We concluded that every one of the entries could have been a winner, and browsing this cross-section of pets gives us confidence to say: The Madison area officially has some of the cutest pets around.
New restaurant from owners of Lucille, Merchant to open this summer at Hilldale
Amara will be a coastal Italian restaurant featuring Italian cuisine, wines and drinks.
Let your dog run free at one of the area’s off-leash dog parks
Explore a dog park in Dane County.
Michael Velliquette takes paper to new heights with monochrome sculptures
Using glue, paper and various tools, Velliquette spends hundreds of hours putting together his fine art monochrome paper sculptures for gallery shows around the country.
6 botanical-forward, locally made spirits
April showers bring May flowers with plant-infused spirits.
Live on King Street to return after two-year hiatus
Live on King Street is also moving to the 100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Midwest gems to travel to this summer
Instead of pointing out the obvious spots, we’re uncovering 20 under-the-radar destinations that offer plenty of small-town charm.
Hermann, Missouri is a destination for wine lovers
Hermann is nestled in the middle of Missouri’s wine country, approximately an hour and a half west of St. Louis.
Explore the outdoors at Brown County, Indiana
Brown County is one of America’s original art colonies, with artists being drawn to the area because of the natural views.
Appreciate art in Mineral Point
Mineral Point is one of Wisconsin’s oldest cities, and the area embraces that identity.
Bike, hike and embrace the water in Winona
Winona is situated alongside the Mississippi River, with bluffs overlooking the mighty waterway.
Travel along the coast of Lake Michigan
Across the water are many beautiful lake towns that could all be worthy of a trip.
A quick detour to Middlebury, Indiana
While Das Dutchman Essenhaus is a bit out of the way, it’s worth making a stop there before crossing the Michigan border.
48 hours in Holland, Michigan
This destination on the coast of Lake Michigan is infused with Dutch influence and history.
Plant to bloom for first time in nearly 12 years at Olbrich
Corpse flowers bloom four to five times in their 40-year lifespan for 24 to 48 hours, and Madisionians could see this rare occurrence in the near future.
Order the May issue: Midwest Road Trips
We uncovered 20 under-the-radar destinations that offer plenty of small-town charm in the May issue.
Naf Naf to reopen on State Street this summer
After a lengthy closure, Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill is coming back to Madison.
Bite into one of these 7 craveable dessert bars
For those with a sweet tooth, dessert bars provide just the right touch of sweetness to cure that hankering.
Jasmine Banks creates safe, chemical-free options through her business Perfect Imperfections 608
Perfect Imperfections 608 started with Jasmine Banks’ sugar scrubs and soaps, but she has since expanded the line.
Dane County Farmers’ Market to kick off 50th outdoor season in mid-April
The Dane County Farmers' Market, the largest producers only farmers' market in the U.S., is set to start its outdoor season on April 16.
Dine at a Madison chef’s table
These four spots offer customized special menus, intimate views of the kitchen and chef interactions for small groups of people looking for a different way to appreciate cuisine.
Madison Magazine selected as finalists for two national awards
In addition to national awards, the magazine won eight Milwaukee Press Club awards.
List: Businesses celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Madison
If you're looking for away to celebrate the holiday while supporting local, we've got a list of Madison spots that are offering specials today.
An artist’s one-of-a-kind, nature-inspired pieces brighten up homes and gardens
As someone who has always been fascinated by glass, Kristin Quackenbush knew she wanted to work with it in some capacity.
Essay: Madison Magazine editor reflects on her family’s Baltic roots in light of events in Ukraine
Madison Magazine's associate editor, Maija Inveiss, shares her connection to Latvia and how the Russian invasion of Ukraine has impacted her emotions.