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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: 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: 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: 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
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Bridge Builder -- Howard Mandeville, Movin' Out

Howard Mandeville says that people with disabilities only want a chance at "an ordinary life." Movin' Out, the organization he's led since 2005, helps them do just that, by obtaining housing that's integrated into the community. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Hometown Artist -- Meghan Blake-Horst, Absolutely Art

Absolutely Art doesn't just show and sell art; it embodies the spirit of Madison's visual-art community. The east-side gallery represents about 200 artists from the area, finding homes for their paintings, photos, mosaics, ceramics and other types of work. These pieces are chosen by owner Meghan Blake-Horst, who opened the space in 2005. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Hunting ghosts in Madison

Isthmus contributor Alan Talaga reports on the search for and stories about the supernatural in Madison in the October 25 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the October 24 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
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