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Drivers near Middleton High School to see changes

Drivers near Middleton High School to see changes

Drivers in the area of Middleton High School will see signs going up next week indicating a traffic pattern change to help with congestion and dangerous driving after school lets out, according to a release.

The signs will indicate that there will no longer be eastbound access from Lee Street into the MHS student lot, according to the release. The restriction will create a safe flow of traffic after school westbound out of the lot.

The parking section in front of the Performing Arts Center will be one way westbound, according to the release. A barricade will be placed near the northwest corner of the PAC sidewalk to stop eastbound drivers.

A dead end sign (to be replaced with a no outlet sign) will be placed on Lee Street near the park to warn eastbound drivers, according to the release.

The southern exit onto Park Lawn Place from the MHS lot will also change to an exit and an entrance to accommodate bus flow issues.

Extreme couponer to host Black Friday boot camps

Extreme couponer to host Black Friday boot camps

A Wisconsin blogger known for her coupon-clipping skills will be hosting two Black Friday boot camps to help shoppers get the most out of their holiday shopping.

Dannelle Gay will host boots camps in Middleton and Monona on two separate days. According to a release, Gay will help shoppers make a shopping plan for Black Friday to get gifts for all the occasions on their list.

The first camp is on Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at Monona Public Library on Nichols Road. The second is at the Middleton Public Library on Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.

The boot camps are free, but couponers must register to attend. To register, contact either library for more information.

Fashion show to benefit cancer org

Fashion show to benefit cancer org

A west side fashion show next week will benefit a local charity.

The Hilldale Mall is hosting the Little Black Dress Affair Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Organizers said the main event is a fashion show scheduled at 6:30 p.m.

The show will feature fall fashions modeled by local folks and representatives from area businesses and Madison non-profits. Tickets to the fashion show are $15 and will benefit Gilda’s Club Madison, a local support organization for people with cancer and their families.

Stores, eateries and boutiques in the shopping center will offer a variety of promotions during the Little Black Dress Affair, which organizers called an “amped up ladies night out” to include giveaways, music by DJ Nick Nice, a photo booth, refreshments, demos, and one-night-only discounts for event ticket holders.

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. 

Middleton officials make parking enforcement a priority for visitors, shoppers

Middleton officials make parking enforcement a priority for visitors, shoppers

Middleton officials make parking enforcement a priority to provide visitors and customers with parking for downtown businesses, according to a release.

A parking study commissioned by the Middleton City Council indicated the lack of enforcement was the primary reason for the lack of parking at peak times in the downtown area, according to the release.

Mike Davis, Middleton city administrator and director of community development, said the follow-up may help the city avoid putting in a parking ramp with annual maintenance costs.

Officials said the primary goal is to provide visitors and customers with available parking to patronize downtown businesses and to seek city services without having to drive out of the way.

Good turnover in parking is key to that goal, officials said. They hope downtown business owners and employees will seek more remote parking.

Craft brewing business is growing in Wisconsin

Craft brewing business is growing in Wisconsin

Craft brewing is a booming business in Wisconsin, which ranks ninth among breweries per capita by state.

Last fall, Brian Destree took over brewmaster duties at Middleton's Capital Brewery, one of southern Wisconsin's craft brew staples since 1986.

Before Capital Brewery, the University of Wisconsin-Madison grad worked for Miller-Coors, giving him a unique perspective between craft brewers' personal touch and the bottom line of big business brewing.

"Kind of as I progressed from the corporate ladder at Miller, the farther and farther away I got from actually being in a brewery and doing hands-on brewing work," Destree said.

And while beer makers Miller-Coors and Anheuser-Busch sell the most beer, Wisconsin's craft breweries continue to find a larger piece of the market.

There are 75 breweries statewide, which translates to about 75,000 people for every Wisconsin brewery.

Growing 'American Girl' headed to upscale Calif. mall

Growing 'American Girl' headed to upscale Calif. mall

New retail location will offer salon, bistro, tee shop 'experiences'   

American girl said it plans to add a new retail store in an upscale northern California mall. The company's experienced-based mini shops -- similar to those at its flagship American Girl Place in Chicago, -- will also be set within the new location. 

American Girl, a division of Mattel Inc., announced plans Wednesday to open its newest experiential retail store later this year at Stanford Shopping Center, an open-air shopping mall in Palo Alto, Calif. The two-level, 15,000-square-foot American Girl store is slated to open in the fall.

A representative with Stanford Shopping Center said American Girl will complement the mall's stores well.