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Construction set to begin on Hilldale Mall project

Construction set to begin on Hilldale Mall project

Construction on a redevelopment of Hilldale Mall is set to begin with demolition Sept 4.

A mall spokesman said a construction bear claw will rip out the first sections of the old mall following a short press conference.

The project is expected to take the existing enclosed mall area between Metcalfe?s and Macy?s and create an open-air streetscape, officials said. The plan shows outward facing storefronts along the existing streets in the area, and adds an open-air retail connection through a pedestrian walkway to the west parking lot with additional storefronts.

The 53,000-square-foot redevelopment is scheduled to open in 2015.

Mall to upgrade bathrooms, carpet

Mall to upgrade bathrooms, carpet

West Madison shoppers will notice a few areas of the mall under construction for several weeks as crews work to update bathrooms and flooring in several areas, according to a release.

The West Towne Mall said Friday that construction to the bathrooms near the food cart will begin Monday. The tile, lighting, plumbing fixtures and finishes will be replaced in the men's and women's bathrooms. The bathrooms near the mall office will begin renovations after the food court restrooms are finished.

West Towne Mall General Manager Paul Matyas said the revamped bathrooms will have touch-free fixtures and barrier-free entrances.

Carpet will be replaced in several areas throughout the mall beginning Wednesday. Soft seating areas will receive new carpet treatments and areas near the Apple Store and Pottery Barn will have carpet put in.

Work will be done throughout the day and overnight and is expected to be finished by early September, according to the release.

3 generations celebrate bakery's 60th anniversary

Three generations of men were on Madison's south side at the bakery named for the family to celebrate a milestone Thursday morning. 

"It's been a lot of hard work, a lot of struggles, moving from location to location. But it's all been worth it," Chuck Lane said.

Lane's Bakery celebrated a grand re-opening and anniversary at its new location, about a mile and a half south of its former operation on South Park Street. Lane's closed for about a year before reopening Dec. 18, 2013. The first store originally opened its doors in 1954.

A frosted filled favorite from the eatery, Lane's kringle, would become a specialty. The bakery makes nearly 200 kringles a week, with peak kringle popularity on Fridays and Saturdays.  

Nearly 50 restaurants offer fare for summer's 'Restaurant Week'

Nearly 50 area eateries will take part in a semi-annual area food event next week. 

Madison Magazine's summer season Restaurant Week runs July 20-25. Forty-seven restaurants from Madison, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg will offer special menus during the week. Each menu features three courses for a fixed price that shows off the eatery's culinary specialty and offers diners the opportunity to sample new or favorite cuisines from local establishments. 

Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi at Dayton Street Grille in downtown Madison previewed some of the restaurant's planned menu. Dayton Street Grille is offering House Cured Salmon Spring Rolls as one of three appetizer options on the dinner menu. 

Men invited to talk to doctors at golfing event, dinner

Men invited to talk to doctors at golfing event, dinner

Organizers of a men’s health event Thursday said it give will give attendees a chance to improve their health and their golf game.

"Less than half of all men have seen their primary doctor in the last year, despite being at higher risk for heart disease and some cancers simply for being a man," said Dr. Christopher Harkin, family medicine physician at Meriter Stoughton. "If men are going to avoid the clinic, we'll happily meet them at the golf course."

Tee Up for Men's Health will be at Blackhawk Country Club and include golf swing analysis, casual conversation with a variety of specialists from Meriter Medical Group, Meriter-UnityPoint Health said. 

The event includes a three-course dinner and a chance to win $5,000 during a putting contest. It runs from 6-8 p.m. The putting contest begins after dinner.

To register for the $25 golf clinic, visit meriter.com/classes.

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2 new stores coming to West Towne Mall

2 new stores coming to West Towne Mall

A new clothing store and a Hallmark store are opening at West Towne Mall.

A release from the mall said Apricot Lane has opened and Amy's Hallmark will open late this summer. Eddie Bauer has moved to a new location.

Apricot Lane specializes in clothing, accessories and gifts and opened near the main entrance across from Sephora.

Eddie Bauer offers clothing and accessories for outdoor lifestyles and opened in a new location near Sears.

Amy's Hallmark will have greeting cards, gift wrap, stationery, gifts and collectibles and will open near JCPenney.

Red Dragon TV founder creates paradise for independent voices

Red Dragon TV founder creates paradise for independent voices

Walking into the Red Dragon TV clubhouse, you may feel as if you have entered the Garden of Eden. Except instead of a tree of knowledge, there is a soundboard of reverberations. Instead of beautiful gardens, there is a spot lit stage. And instead of a serpent, there is a red dragon.

You are not in the Garden of Eden, but rather a part of "Inna Godda Davida," Red Dragon TV’s live Friday night music show named after rock and roll band Iron Butterfly’s 1968 album. And perhaps this title is more fitting, as it is rumored that Iron Butterfly got its album name from a drunken attempt at saying the lyrics “In the Garden of Eden.”

Red Dragon TV founder and executive producer Ari-John White-Wolf, who goes by his first name primarily, said he thinks the name encompasses the human condition.