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Dane Buy Local comes to Fitchburg, Middleton

Dane Buy Local comes to Fitchburg, Middleton

Dane Buy Local is expanding to Fitchburg and the city of Middleton in January.

Dane Buy Local is a nonprofit program that is dedicated to creating a sustainable and local economy. It was founded in 2004 and now has more than 800 members. The groups says it is the biggest buy local organization in the country on a city/county-wide scale.

“We are very pleased to see the support from a growing number of area municipalities around Dane County," said Dane Buy Local Executive Director Colin Murray. "This is a sign from our city and county leaders of support for all locally owned businesses."

Dane County was the first government to join the organization and it was followed by the city of Monona last year.

Fitchburg's mayor says joining the nonprofit will help the city's local businesses.

You can learn more about Dane Buy Local here.

Police ask help to ID woman who stole donations

Police ask help to ID woman who stole donations

Middleton police asked help identifying a woman who allegedly stole a box of donated money from a Middleton business counter. 

The Middleton Police Department shared a surveillance image of the woman on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.

Middleton police Sgt. Don Mueller said the woman reportedly stole a donation box for the UW Children's Foundation from the Milio's Sandwiches on the 6200 block of University Avenue on Nov. 26.

Police said the woman is black and between 40-50 years old. Mueller said an exact amount of money in the donation box was not known, but it's estimated there was between $20-30 in it when it was taken. 

Anyone with information about the woman's identity or the theft from Milio's is asked to call or text Middleton police at 608-824-7300. 

Businesses to hand out candy during Halloween event downtown

The Middleton Business Association will host its fifth Halloween trick-or-treating event Friday with businesses and restaurants handing out candy to kids dressed in their costumes, according to a release.

Downtown Middleton will be decorated with corn stocks and scarecrows near the participating businesses, organizers said. Businesses will have orange pumpkin faces on their front doors to indicate they will be participating in the Halloween event. If a business is listed, but there isn’t a pumpkin face, that means they ran out of goodies.

The trick-or-treating event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participating businesses:

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Middleton unveils mobile visitor center, the Know-N-Go

Middleton unveils mobile visitor center, the Know-N-Go

The city of Middleton unveiled the first mobile visitor center in Dane County Thursday.

The Know-N-Go will be staffed by Patty Bois, a Middleton know-it-all, who will travel around the county encouraging people to visit Middleton and give suggestions for great places to eat, attractions to see and fun things to do, officials said.

“I look forward to spreading the word about all the wonderful things there are to experience in Middleton,” Bois said. “When people visit our city, stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores, they help our small businesses thrive. In return, the families of Middleton thrive.”

New business to offer free massages at ribbon-cutting

New business to offer free massages at ribbon-cutting

A Sun Prairie business will offer food and free massages at its official grand opening next week. 

Elements Massage's open house will take place from 3-7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the business, 2804 Prairie Lakes Drive, Suite 102. 

The company said it will offer free 15-minute chair massages and serve light hors d’oeuvres. Attendees can get tours of the facilities and information about massage and overall wellness. 

The Sun Prairie Chamber of commerce will also hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Elements Massage of Sun Prairie is located across from Costco. There are two other Elements Massage business in the Madison area including Fitchburg at 6317 McKee Road and in Middleton at 1950 Cayuga St., according to the company website. 

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.