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Gone But Not Forgotten

Mallatt’s Costumes

Mallatt’s Pharmacy and Costumes shops were a Madison institution.  Needed just the perfect glitter eye-shadow, powdered wig or pointy ears for your costume? Drawing a total blank and the hours were ticking until a party? Mallatt’s always had just the… Continue Reading →

My Dog and Me Park

Update: Sadly, the indoor dog park is now closed. We’re very sad to see this wonderful service go. Apparently the private outside dog park is still open. Do you and your pupper have a case of cabin fever? Is your… 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: Sadly, the Bell Museum has closed it its old location. It has been rebuilt as a new, shiny, interactive and thoroughly repugnant shadow of itself. I would not recommend this new museum. While modern museums with hands-on demos, touchpads… 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 Our copy was sadly out of date when we tried to visit the sculpture garden of Lester Schwartz near Green Lake. Not finding any signs, but… Continue Reading →

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