Hot List: 6 editors’ picks for August

Check out what's on the Hot List this month, including a Madison picnic blanket, a slushie spot and artwork from an editors' favorite.

Impress your picnic guests with this Madison blanket custom-designed by NYC-based, woman-owned Calhoun & Co. and available at Monroe Street’s Good Day Shop. Made in the U.S. from recycled cotton and acrylic, this blanket is ready to be your al fresco outing backdrop. If you need ideas for what to pack for your picnic besides this beautiful blanket, flip to page 17 for some inspiration.

August heat and frozen treats are the yin and yang of late summer. The specials at Plain Spoke Cocktail Co., 110 King St., include boozy slushies like the “Miami Vice” (pictured). A cross between a frozen strawberry daiquiri and a piña colada, it’s made with a house rum blend, strawberry, coconut, pineapple and lime juice. We’ll take one, please. 

We love that Terrence Adeyanju’s colorful art is showing up everywhere around town. Adeyanju ( @iampeeld) teamed up with Goodman Community Center for another cool piece that the community center’s kids helped inspire. You’ll see it on hoodies and T-shirts worn by Goodman staff members and kids.

Permanent jewelry: It’s like a tattoo without the pain. Kassie Lederman, who started Willow & Weld in February, welds 14-karat solid gold chains around your wrist or ankle for a piece of jewelry that stays on, with no clasp and no tarnishing, until you someday decide to take it off. Lederman hosts many local pop-up events. All the chains are named after her family members.

Gain a few style points with a leather beer koozie or sunglasses case made by Dane-based Will James Leather Co. Even if you put a Busch Light in the koozie or a cheap pair of shades in the case, you’ll look good doing it. Will Bischoff handmakes all his leather goods, which also include wallets, satchels, keychains, clutches and crossbody bags. @willjamesleatherco

Why burn your hand on a hot paper to-go cup when you can use a ceramic travel tumbler made by Lisa Lang Pottery? These gorgeous, hand-held mugs are functional works of art topped with cork lids that rep the logo of Lisa Lang’s Madison-based pottery business. @lisalangpottery

This article appears in the August 2022 issue of Madison Magazine.

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