Madison Road Trip

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Gone But Not Forgotten


Update 2021: The business has been sold and is no longer open to the public. Cooksville, a tiny community a few miles south of Stoughton, is the home of the oldest running grocery store in Wisconsin. Open in 1846, it… Continue Reading →

Mallatt’s Costumes/Make It Up!

Update Fall 2022: The retail location on the west side also appears to be closed, and the numbers on their Facebook, Google Business listing and website are all disconnected. Update 2021: Looks like Mallatt’s is now Make It Up! Costumes… Continue Reading →

My Dog and Me Park

Update Fall 22: The indoor dog park is now closed. We’re very upset to see this wonderful service go as it was perfect for the really nasty weather. Apparently the private outside dog park is still open under new ownership…. Continue Reading →

Whad’ya Know?

“Not much, you?” Any regular listener of Public Radio is familiar with Michael Feldman’s long-running comedy talk show and it’s famous tagline “Whad’ya know?” When PRI cut funding to Feldman’s show, he was down but rebounded magnificently by kickstarting his… Continue Reading →

(Original) Bell Museum of Natural History

Update: The Bell Museum has closed it its old location. It has been rebuilt as a new, shiny, interactive and thoroughly repugnant shadow of itself. It has the charm and warmth of a Chucky Cheese restaurant. I do not recommend… Continue Reading →

Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

As of Dec. 2020, the museum is closed. Its collection has been moved to the Cedarburg History Museum. The Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear is strangely hidden in plain site. Two doors down from the Catholic Financial Life building and directly… Continue Reading →

FAST Corporation Fiberglass Graveyard

Update May 2016: While the FAST Corp. Fiberglass graveyard is still going strong and full of lots of new and bizarre bits and bobs, the giant fiberglass eyeball is no longer in front of the building. Currently there is a… Continue Reading →

Sci Fi Cafe

Although their website declares they are in the process of relocation, signs point to this peculiar eatery not returning. A shame, really. While the food was mediocre (at best), the alien-inspired decor couldn’t be beat. Their museum/shop had a delightful… Continue Reading →

Madison Science Museum

Update: Due to the closing of the Wisconsin College at the Carroll St. location, the museum has also apparently closed. Madison’s newest museum is located on the 6th floor of the downtown MATC building. Founded by Professor Dave Nelson of… Continue Reading →

La Reau’s World of Miniatures

La Reau’s World of Miniatures was another too-late find from an old copy of Oddball Wisconsin. The place had clearly been out of business for awhile.  All was quiet and empty, and the gate was invitingly open…  I wouldn’t be… Continue Reading →

Lester Schwartz Sculptures

One of the bibles of road-tripping in southern Wisconsin is the book Oddball Wisconsin. Our copy was rather out of date when we tried to visit the sculpture garden of Lester Schwartz near Green Lake. Not finding any signs, but… Continue Reading →