Sweet V-Day stats

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:12

Candymaker Necco is marking Valentine’s Day with a sugary message of love and affection.

Letting hair gray naturally is a growing trend

Written by Melissa Rayworth,
AP writer
Saturday, 05 December 2015 15:10

Singer Natalie Merchant is among a growing number of middle-age people deciding to go gray naturally.

Joanne Hudson’s friends didn’t hide their surprise when she mentioned earlier this year that she was considering letting her gray hair show. Most were enthusiastic and supportive. But they treated the idea of going naturally gray as a bold, gutsy move.

Madison’s malls offer quirks and character

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 20 November 2015 10:57

Middleton’s Greenway Station is an open-concept mall that draws patrons from that city, as well as Madison, for stores like Chico’s, Pendleton and DSW.
—Photo: Corey Coyle

A community’s shopping destinations reveal a lot about a community’s character. Madison, the state’s second-largest city and the home to Wisconsin’s largest university, boasts stores that pack a lot of variety into a little bit of real estate.

Shop local at Milwaukee’s top retail districts

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Friday, 20 November 2015 10:41

Sparrow Collective specializes in handmade decor by local artists, like this screen print of the Great Lakes on wood.
—PHOTO: Sparrow Collective

Having trouble finding that perfect gift this year? Braving Black Friday or adventuring on are not the only options. Milwaukee’s diverse shopping districts offer a variety of opportunity and options for every sort of gift recipient — from the fashionista to the quirky uncle and everything in between. 

Surveying singles in the city

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Monday, 01 February 2016 10:13

The number-crunchers and trend analysts at WalletHub say they have a formula for rating the best — and worst — cities for singles. Their study of the 150 most populated U.S. cities shows Madison at No. 15 for singles and Milwaukee at No. 89.

WiG 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 20 November 2015 11:27

Happy holidays, and welcome to this year’s installment of the Wisconsin Gazette Gift Guide! 

Holiday cards with an artful edge

Written by Kim Cook,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 20 November 2015 10:51

Seasonal greeting cards have long been an artistic niche that inspires a wide range of illustrators and designers.

Besides today’s ubiquitous family photo cards, contemporary designs often take advantage of advances in drafting and production — holography, music embeds, digital photography and laser-cutting among them. Other designs begin life with time-honored tools like the paint pot, pencil box and scissors.

Many months of merry: the wide range of subscription gifts

Written by Kim Cook
Associated Press writer
Friday, 20 November 2015 10:38

Suffering from a pre-holiday “what to give” headache? The prescription may be a subscription.

Subscription gifts, one of the hottest retail trends, literally keep on giving: New installments arrive over the course of weeks or months. Gift recipients can also cancel the subscription at any time, so if you buy the first month or two, they get to make the call on whether they stick with it after the holiday buzz has worn off.

Driftless Folk School teaches classic skills

Written by Rachele Krivichi,
Contributing writer
Friday, 18 December 2015 18:35

In Viroqua, a small educational anomaly has found its footing in the heart of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. Founded in 2006, the Driftless Folk School has brought more and more students west to experience its creative and alternative classes.

The exact definition of a folk school varies among states and regions depending on local values and customs. The Driftless Folk School is one of several in the country, others are located in the Door County region of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Florida.

ASK THE EXPERTS: The best gifts this holiday season

Written by Kerrie Kennedy,
Contributing writer
Friday, 20 November 2015 11:00

"Unwrap” gift recommendations from local experts.

Give the gift that lasts forever: A great experience

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Friday, 20 November 2015 10:45

Splash Studio offers art-lovers a night out that comes with the opportunity to create art under the guidance of local painters.
—PHOTO: Splash Studio

Buying presents for people is hard. So stop doing it — and get them something they’ll like even better.

Toy trends

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 20 November 2015 10:36

1. The Force is strong. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has awakened a new enthusiasm for Star Wars toys for children and adults, according to, which reviews and recommends toys. The site has published holiday toy reviews and lists, including top tech and STEM toys.