Best of Madison 2012: Shops & Services

Body shops, yoga studios, pet day cares, spas and clothing stores–readers' favorite Madison shops and services of 2012

Silver for Best Yoga/Pilates/Wellness: Inner Fire Yoga

Silver for Best Yoga/Pilates/Wellness: Inner Fire Yoga


GOLD: Dragonfly Hot Yoga

SILVER: Inner Fire Yoga | As the students for a lunchtime “Core Fire” class trickle through the lobby, Karen Erstad, program manager and instructor at Inner Fire Yoga, sits behind a desk and greeted each by name. It’s a warm space—and not just because the rooms crank up to 105 degrees for some hot classes. Pumpkin orange and sunflower walls, painted with words like joy and awaken, create a mood of rejuvenation and peace. “Our MO is if you’re going to come here, you’re going to have a workout,” says owner Marit Sathrum. “But it’s also more because the students learn the surrender part of it—the stillness.”  

BRONZE: Kneaded Relief Day Spa

>>Martial Arts Studio

GOLD: Villari’s Martial Arts Center | It’s Saturday morning and Villari’s Martial Arts Center on State Street is full of four- to nine-year-olds held at attention—giggling intermittently. The instructors file in for their class and the mood is friendly, educational and most of all respectful. Material distractions are not welcome in the studio—the color of the belt is the only distinguishing factor between students here.

SILVER: Badgerland Jiu-jitsu

BRONZE: Infinity Martial Arts

>>Bed & Breakfastmansion hill inn

GOLD: Mansion Hill Inn | Summer is prime-time at the Mansion Hill Inn. Guest flock from all over the Midwest for a unique getaway in one of ten rooms at this downtown bed and breakfast. By day, guests can traverse the Mansion Hill area on retro Trek bikes. “It’s a really great spot if you’re into cycling,” says general manager Margaux Stutz. By night, the smell of freshly baked cookies permeates the air on the porches while guests sip nightcaps. 

SILVER: Arbor House

BRONZE: Speckled Hen Inn

>>Pet Day Care, Boarding & Pamperer

GOLD: Camp K9

SILVER: Ruffin ‘It Resort

BRONZE: Waggin’ Tails Doggie Dude Ranch and Pet Lodge | They start their dog days early. From 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. the door at Waggin’ Tails constantly opens to canines pulling their owners along, eager to reunite with their daycare friends and frolic in the hose. The mood is rambunctious and very close knit. “This businesses is kind of like being a bartender,” says Julie Bollenbach, the day care manager at Waggin’ Tails. “Over fifty percent of our clients come two to three times a week. We know everybody.” 


GOLD: Mary’s Tailoring

SILVER: Monetti Tailoring

BRONZE: Binh’s Tailoring

>>DJ for Hire

GOLD: Juke Box Bandstand

SILVER: Celebrations Entertainment

BRONZE: B Kuhl Entertainment


GOLD: The Diamond Center

SILVER: TQ Diamonds

BRONZE: Goodman’s Jewelers

>>Auto Dealer

GOLD: Zimbrick, Inc

SILVER: Jon Lancaster

BRONZE: Smart Motors

>>Dry Cleaner

GOLD: Klinke Cleaners

SILVER: Lake Mills Cleaners & Dyers

BRONZE: Best Cleaners of Madison

>>Lawn, Garden & Landscape

GOLD: Bruce Company

SILVER: Jung Garden Center

BRONZE: Johannsen’s Greenhouses

>>Bike Shop

GOLD: Budget Bicycle Center

SILVER: Williamson Bicycle Works

BRONZE: Machinery Row Bicycles

>>Fitness Center

GOLD: Princeton Club

SILVER: Harbor Athletic Club

BRONZE: Capital Fitness

>>Music Instrument Store

GOLD: Ward-Brodt Music Co.

SILVER: Spruce Tree Music & Repair

BRONZE: Guitar Center

>>Body Shop

GOLD: Zimbrick Body Shop

SILVER: Gates Auto Body

BRONZE: Smart Motors

>>Fitness Shop

GOLD: Fleet Feet Sports

SILVER: Movin Shoes

BRONZE: Endurance House

>>Music Store

GOLD: Strictly Discs

SILVER: Exclusive Co.



GOLD: Frugal Muse

SILVER: University Book Store

BRONZE: A Room of One’s Own


GOLD: Felly’s Flowers

SILVER: Choles Floral

BRONZE: George’s Flowers

>>Pet Store

GOLD: Mounds Pet Food Warehouse

SILVER: Mad Cat Pet Supplies

BRONZE: Bad dog frida


GOLD: Blue Plate Catering

SILVER: Cranberry Creek Restaurant & Catering

BRONZE: Gaylord Catering Service

>>Furniture/Home Accessories

GOLD: The Century House

SILVER: Rubin’s

BRONZE: Roughing It In Style


GOLD: The Shoe Box

SILVER: Morgan’s

BRONZE: Cornblooms

>>Clothing (Men)

GOLD: Jazzman

SILVER: Kohl’s

BRONZE: Context

>>Gift Shop/Specialty Store

GOLD: Orange Tree Imports

SILVER: Pop Deluxe

BRONZE: Little Luxuries


GOLD: Aniu Salon & Spa

SILVER: Kneaded Relief Day Spa & Wellness

BRONZE: Ultimate Spa & Salon

>>Clothing (Women)


SILVER: A Stone’s Throw

BRONZE: The Purple Goose

>>Hair Salon

GOLD: Aniu Salon & Spa

SILVER: Hair on Monroe

BRONZE: RZ & Company


GOLD: And Dogs Too

SILVER: UW Veterinary Care

BRONZE: Spring Harbor Animal Hospital

>>Consignment Store

GOLD: Pink Poodle

SILVER: ReThreads

BRONZE: Betty Bling


GOLD: The Madison Concourse Hotel

SILVER: Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

BRONZE: The Edgewater Hotel

>>Wine & Spirits

GOLD: Steve’s Wine, Beer & Spirits

SILVER: Woodman’s Food Market

BRONZE: Barriques


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