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Midtown Global Market

Inspired by traditional markets like Cleveland’s West Side Market or Seattle’s Pike Place Market, the midwest is now getting our own international shopping markets. Joining the Milwaukee Public Market,¬†Minneapolis’s Midtown Global Market delivers on its international promise. Housed in a… Continue Reading →

Hunt & Gather

Minneapolis’s Hunt & Gather calls itself an “antique store,” but the title doesn’t do it justice. The¬† location, once seen, is never forgotten. One of their specialties is old sign letters.¬† The front of the store is crusted (for lack… Continue Reading →

Galena, IL

Galena, IL is a charming little town on the banks of the Mississippi River, and bears many of the architectural hallmarks you see on towns further south. Red brick with cream trim abounds, there porches galore and even the most… Continue Reading →

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA)

MMoCA is in the same location it has been since the early 80s. But with the massive renovation of the attached Capital Theater and creation of the Overture Center for the Arts, MMoCA got a fabulous new building. Though not… Continue Reading →

Inter Market

Hidden in the corner of a small strip mall off Old Middleton Road, Inter Market provides all your Eastern European and Russian grocery needs. The small shop is packed with teas in every possible flavor, tons of cookies, candies and… Continue Reading →

Milwaukee Public Market

In Milwaukee and can’t decide where to have lunch or an early dinner? Make everyone happy at the Milwaukee Public Market! This upscale food emporium carries a wide range of items, from fresh seafood, wines, spices, fruit & veg, chocolates,… Continue Reading →

Midway Asian Foods

Though a very familiar scent that reminds me of my childhood visits to Madison, I won’t lie to you. The entrance way to Midway Asian Foods is stinky. No matter how recently it appears to have been cleaned, there is… Continue Reading →

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

Unlike the neat and orderly Once Upon a Crime, Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore is more concerned about volume. They will have what you want, but it may take some digging. With every conceivable mystery and sci-fi title available (along with posters,… Continue Reading →

Once Upon a Crime

What better way to spend an hour or two than browsing a bookstore, especially if it is packed wall-to-wall with murder, mystery and deceit? Once Upon a Crime is a cozy bookstore that, despite its size, is loaded with excellent… Continue Reading →

Architectural Antiques

Housed in an old warehouse, Architectural Antiques hosts a vast array of salvaged architectural features. Many of the most graceful details on historic architecture end up in dumpsters – lighting fixtures, glass doorknobs, stained glass windows, wood paneling and more…. Continue Reading →

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