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Gone But Not Forgotten

Cooksville

Update 2021: The business has sadly 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,… Continue Reading →

Mallatt’s Costumes

Update 2021: Looks like Mallatt’s is now Make It Up! Costumes and Make Up. They appear to mostly do online sales. There is no longer an address listed on their site or facebook page. But they do seem to still… Continue Reading →

My Dog and Me Park

Update: Sadly, 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. Do you and 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 →

Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction/Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Bookstore

Update: Sadly during the protests of 2020, Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore was burned to the ground. Whether they rebuild is still up in the air. Sales are available online, but the future is still uncertain for a new physical location. Unlike… 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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