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May 27, 2010
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Window Shopping

Fun Spring Finds

Fun Spring Finds

When I was out and about with our photographer shooting our "Tour de Luxe" story a while back it was impossible for me not to covet a few items I saw in-store (weeeellll, it's hard not to covet items all of the time with my job!).

While at MMoCA's Museum Store, I spotted these adorable EcoNotes cards and envelopes by teNeues. The graphic is reminiscent of the '70s and the birds are so cheery. So, I snapped up a pack of these ultra-affordable cards (which are blank inside) for a mere $12.95 for 12 cards! I plan on using them for my thank-you notes and other little hellos I might want to send out.

MMoCA Museum Store, 227 State St. 257-3222.

Reusable shopping bags are nothing new. With the current eco-friendly/green craze that's been going on the last few years it's no surprise that virtually every shop, from Target to Trader Joe's, have spawned their own reusable bags for sale. Brianna Purvis, Metcalfe's Market marketing director, dropped off these chic shopping bags a bit ago for me take a gander at. Recently, Metcalfe's changed their logo to a simple, yet polished tomato slice paired with Metcalfe's written in script writing (as featured on the middle shopping bag). I rather like it! 

With Bratfest this weekend I thought it was the perfect opportunity to mention these bags since Metcalfe's is still involved with putting on the "World's Largest Bratfest." But, these totes are certainly appropriate for all of your grocery shopping and your Farmers' Market trips too!

And the eco-friendliness of the bag is legit; Purvis notes that the bags are "recycled woven polypropylene, which is equivalent to four plastic bottles." The bags are only ninety-nine cents apiece and can be found in the front of the store by the registers.

Metcalfe's Market, 726 N. Midvale Blvd. 238-7612.


Hook's cheesesI was on the hunt: I wanted something perfect for Mother's Day that wasn't cliché. While my mother appreciates flowers, I knew I wanted to do something a bit more creative than that.

The solution? A stop into Fromagination, where owner Ken Monteleone came to the rescue with a fabulous, custom Mother's Day gift! I told Ken my price range, gave him some suggestions on what Mom did and didn't like, and voila—him and his cheesemonger employee came up with a delicious gift that Mom could savor. We chose some Gail Ambrosius chocolates, Hook's Cheddar, some gouda cheese and Potter's Crackers.

So while Mother's Day has passed, there's always Father's Day! Or any other occasion—a wedding, anniversary or birthday (many of which are in spring!). Of course, a leisurely stop into Fromagination during a Farmers' Market run doesn't hurt, either.

Fromagination, 12 S. Carroll St. 255-2430.



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As Madison Magazine's style editor, Shayna Mace writes the monthly "Window Shopping" column about Madison's coolest store owners, products and shops. She also reports on Madison's most stylish people, chic items she loves, store events and sales, and additional dish in her weekly blog. Her favorite places to check out around town are local boutiques, consignment and vintage shops for one-of-a-kind treasures, new restaurants and bars, and anywhere that affords her the opportunity to meet and talk to Madison's most inspirational (and many times, fashionable!) people.

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