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B-cycle opens new location at Hilldale

B-cycle opens new location at Hilldale

B-cycle, a bike sharing program, has opened a new location in a retail shopping center on Madison’s near west side.

The new location inside Hilldale Mall is the first B-cycle location in a shopping center.

Madison has 34 B-cycle stations and 350 bikes people can rent, use and return. The majority of the stations are located downtown.

Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Madison Parks is hosting the second annual Fall Festival Craft Fair Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Elver Park.

The free arts and crafts show will be held rain or shine at the park on McKenna Boulevard, according to a release.

"Last year Madison Parks introduced an arts and crafts show to our Fall Festival, and it was a big hit," Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski said in the release. "We are really excited to bring the Fall Festival Craft Fair back this year with talented crafters, food, music and fun activities for families."

The festival will have local artists, crafters, food vendors and live music by the Dang-Its, according to the release. Artists and crafters will be selling original, handmade pieces like pottery, jewelry, quilts, paintings and other decorative pieces.

Wrench Auto Service celebrates grand opening

Wrench Auto Service celebrates grand opening

Wrench Auto Services celebrated its grand opening Thursday, in a slightly non-conventional way.

According to a release form the company, the owners wanted to thank customers and the city at the opening of the new service center. They did, by having a pig roast and live band.

More than 300 customers and chamber membersattended the customer appreciation party, which Wrench President said was long overdue.

“We started this business 11 years ago with nothing more than a single bay garage and a simple philosophy to be honest with our customers,” said Ben Beere, President. “To say we value and appreciate our customers is the understatement of the year.”

The car service company started in 2002 with a single-bay garage. The new service center has six bays. It's located at 3113 Laura Lane in Middleton. 

Hilldale announces new stores, design

Hilldale announces new stores, design

The first group of new retailers that will open in the newly designed Hilldale mall were announced Tuesday.

The newly designed project, expected to open the fall of 2014, is being developed by WS Development from Massachusetts, according to the release. The firm's plan for Hilldale includes an open-air lifestyle layout with new stores.

The plan proposes 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.

New rib joint menu full of southern items

New rib joint menu full of southern items

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews JB’s Eat-A-Bite BBQ

The south end of Park Street seen new businesses sprout up recently, including JB's Eat-A-Bite BBQ, which opened in the winter. It took over for the space once occupied by Mario’s Pizza and is adjacent to 7-Eleven.

The menu is full of wonderful southern items, from chicken gizzards to frog legs to candied yams. Of course, it has the staples, many of which are found in the sandwich section.

Read more about the restaurant's catfish fillets, alligator bites, ribs, mac and cheese and more at EatDrinkMadison.com.

Women's boutique opens on Monroe St.

Women's boutique opens on Monroe St.

Shop offers apparel, jewelry, handbags  

A new retail shop opened on the near west side Monday offering women's apparel, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, handbags, unique accessories and gift items.

The boutique is owned by longtime friends Rhonda (Olson) Dittberner and Karen (Hemauer) Graeve, who are both from the Madison area.

Dittberner and Graeve said they are thrilled to finally have their dream of owning a boutique come true. The business partners said they each have a unique fashion sense that compliments the other, making for a fun and divergent mix when buying merchandise for the shop.

Velvet Button Boutique will celebrate with refreshments, treats and drawings at a grand opening party March 16 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Nurse delivers sister's baby at home

Nurse delivers sister's baby at home

Nurse: 'It all just sort of happened at once … it was pretty wild'  

When Amanda Van Gorden finished her shift at St. Mary's Hospital on the night of Feb. 16, she envisioned a pretty uneventful evening. But a text from her sister Ashley an hour later would change everything.

"She texted [me] to say her water had broken and wondered if I could take her to the hospital," Van Gorden said.

Ashley's husband had left just a few moments earlier to drop her son off at her parent's house. It was after he left that the contractions started every two to three minutes.