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Bringing up baby, again: More grandparents are stepping in when parents check out

Single mom Sue Palm knew things were bad with her daughter, Tina, but at least she was getting help. Tina (whose name has been changed to protect her privacy, along with those of other children in this story) had long struggled with learning and behavioral issues, and eventually her father's death. >More
 My 'touch therapy' session at the Snuggle House is strange but pleasant

The experience of having a physically intimate moment with a complete stranger is usually reserved for times of crisis -- perhaps an impulsive hug for someone who just lost a loved one, or a moment holding hands in fear at the first sight of a forming tornado. It's in the uncanny valley between familiar and unknown. At the Snuggle House, this kind of physical contact is viewed as therapeutic. >More
 Entrepreneurs revealed as idealists at the 2013 Isthmus Independent Business Awards

What if there were a place where small, locally owned businesses devoted themselves to helping the less fortunate? And treating their employees fairly? And cooperating with one another? >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Celebrating the businesses that make Dane County unique

We love businesses that love Dane County. The Isthmus Independent Business Awards recognizes companies that operate in a community-minded way and, in the process, make this a pretty awesome place to live. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Dynamic Developer -- Ellen Barnard, FEED Kitchens

"It would be easier to list what parts of the project I haven't been a part of," Ellen Barnard confesses of her involvement with the new FEED Kitchens, to open Nov. 1 adjacent to the Northgate Shopping Center. Barnard, 52, is credited with galvanizing the much-anticipated kitchen incubator, created along with the Northside Planning Council, of which she was a member. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Neighborhood Notable -- Ian Gurfield, Ian's Pizza, Batch Bakehouse, Gotham Bagels

During the massive 2011 uprising in Madison against Gov. Scott Walker, Ian's Pizza drew international attention when it began delivering donated pizza to the thousands of protesters camped out in the Capitol. The protests were sparked in part by the governor's plan to eliminate collective bargaining rights for workers. At stake was employee control over working conditions, pay and benefits. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Fresh Food Friend -- Adrian Reif and Matt D'Amour, Yumbutter

Sometimes a jar of nut butter is just a jar of nut butter. But a jar of Yumbutter is so much more. Partners Adrian Reif and Matt D'Amour are concerned not just with peanuts and almonds, but with social responsibility and personal transformation. Their products are so out of the ordinary that Reif and D'Amour call them "potions." >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Market Spark -- Angela Kowieski, Divine Body & Styles Organic Salon & Spa

Angela Kowieski knew something had to give. The toxic cauldron of harsh chemicals associated with the beauty business " formaldehyde, parabens, ammonia, artificial dyes and more " was taking its toll on the 32-year-old owner of Divine Body & Styles Organic Salon & Spa. It all came to a head two years ago, when she was pregnant. She experienced headaches, rashes and chest pains. "I knew that if I didn't change, I wouldn't be able to continue to do what I love," she says. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Green Angel -- Ann Sensenbrenner, Farm to Vase

Beautiful flowers should reflect the environment that surrounds and sustains them. With this thought in mind, Ann Sensenbrenner founded Farm to Vase, which provides locally sourced flowers. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Dane and Beyond -- Michael Fenchel, 100State

Some people collect records, others tattoos. Michael Fenchel collects ideas. As the executive director of 100State, a downtown coworking space and startup springboard, he's discovered that brainstorming is the love of his professional life. Fenchel, 26, is convinced this process leads to partnerships and innovation, two things Madison's business community needs to thrive. And brainstorming with thinkers from different industries can help people transcend the conventions of their field. >More
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