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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. 

Best-selling Middleton author to hold book event Tuesday

Jennifer Chiaverini will introduce new book on Lincoln's wife's seamstress    

New York Times bestselling author and Middleton resident Jennifer Chiaverini will speak at a west side book store Tuesday evening celebrating her new historical novel.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 7433 Mineral Point Road in Madison.

Chiaverini will introduce her new book, “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker,” which discusses the Civil War-era friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln -- Abraham Lincoln’s wife -- and her seamstress, Elizabeth Keckley.

A Barnes & Noble employee recommended attendees arrive around 6:45 p.m. to get a seat, as Chiaverini usually draws a sizeable crowd.

Bloom Bake Shop owner takes love of desserts to market

Middleton transplant grows bakery business over 2 years    

Annemarie Spitznagle’s idea for a cupcakery came from a childhood of cooking with her mother and a cookbook gift from a friend.

Spitznagle told the Middleton Times her recuperation of a historic building to host her locally sourced Bloom Bake Shop is symbolic of her desire to capture the community of her family’s Louisiana kitchen.

Read more at the Middleton Times

‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

 ‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

Award celebrates impact of family biz on Wis. communities    

A state group that celebrates family-owned businesses is seeking nominations for the 2013 “Business of the Year” award, which is also the group’s 10th year sponsoring the program.

One family business will be selected for grand awards in categories including small (less than 50 employees), medium (50-99), and large (100 or more) companies. The organization said special awards will also be given to companies excelling in a particular area.

Created by Smith & Gesteland, a Middleton accounting and business consulting firm, the annual awards highlight the importance of family-owned businesses.

The deadline for nominations is April 13.

Charity Christmas organization still seeking donors for 50 wish lists

Organization: Families from West Madison, Middleton, Cross Plains in need this season

An area non-profit working to match families in need with local givers said there are nearly 50 families registered in need of gifts this holiday season. 

Middleton Outreach Ministry said Tuesday it is still seeking donors to pair with individuals who have registered for the program from West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains.

MOM said it has families of varying sizes and will accommodate the size requested by a potential donor. The family completes a list of items written by a person in need and that is provided to donors who can choose items from the list or another gift.

MOM said it has already matched nearly 450 families and seniors with wish-list donors and helped provide more than $80,000 in gifts last year.

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

About 79 kids will get to spend the day shopping, wrapping with officers

Area families who may not have the finances for Christmas gifts will get to share in the season through a program organized by area police officers.

Dane County area police departments will pair officers with kids for the annual “Shop with a Cop” program on Sunday.

Each year, children from families in need are chosen to participate in the event. Each child receives $150 -- collected through private and corporate donations -- to buy gifts for his or her family. The shopping spree will take place at the East Side Target, organizers said.

Detective Kathy Wessel with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said about 79 kids are participating in the event Sunday. She said the little shoppers enjoy taking part in the giving season.

“They get a kick out of shopping for their families and picking out presents for brothers, sisters, mom and dad,” Wessel said.