Serving sweet and delicious donuts to the people of Madison since 1996, Greenbush Bakery is a certified kosher bakery and donut shop. Run by Jewish Madison denizens Marv and Barb Miller, this kosher bakery is famous for providing fresh and high-quality baked goods at affordable prices. Offering 40 different varieties of the most delectable donuts in Madison, this donut shop is a favorite among youngsters and adults alike. Favorites on the menu include a sour cream old fashioned donut, classic cake, raised rings, and fills donut. Apart from donuts, this kosher bakery also serves tasty cinnamon rolls and apple fritters. If it wasn't sweet enough already, Greenbush Bakery stays open until midnight from Monday to Thursday and until 3 AM on Friday and Saturday.
Aptly touted by many as one of the best chocolatiers in the region, Gail Ambrosius offers a delectable selection of hand-made, gourmet chocolates, prepared using only the finest ingredients and single origin cocoa. From classics like sea salt caramel to more exotic combinations like lemongrass with ginger and sweet curry, Gail's truffles are an explosion of flavor that will leave you desirous of more. Candied orange peel dipped in smooth dark chocolate, lemon-poppy seed white chocolate and nutty chocolate bars, the list goes on. Visit the charming shop at Atwood Avenue and take home with you sweet treats from a selection that has something to suit even the most discerning tastes.
Wisconsin is the nation's largest cheese producer and the tradition started in the 19th Century when immigrants from Europe settled in the state. Opened in 2007, Fromagination is owned and run by a self confessed cheesemonger who wanted to showcase the region's artisan cheese to everyone who loves a good cheese. The store not only has an impressive array of Wisconsin cheese but also accompaniments, accessories, gift sets and more. You can also enjoy their sandwiches, salads and sides on sale as you explore this friendly shop.
Inaugurated in 1962, Hilldale Shopping Center is the ultimate destination for brand lovers. This gigantic mall spans across 33 acres (13.35 hectares) and has over 50 stores under its massive roof. L'Occitane en Provence, Macy's, Michael Kors and more, grace this mighty retail hub, along with boutiques like lululemon athletica, Motherhood® Maternity and Playthings that cater to the needs of varied shoppers. If all that shopping leaves you hungry, then Hilldale has you covered with dining spots like the Dumpling Haus, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and Gigi's Cupcakes for some sweet indulgence.
Since it first opened its doors in 1974, Riley's Wines Of The World has come to be home to one of the region's most extensive selections of beer, wine, whiskey and spirits. The store offers a curated variety of wine from across the globe, including several obscure wineries alongside popular favorites. Each wine stocked at the store has been hand chosen by Riley's expert buyer, guaranteeing excellence in every sip. If you want something that isn't stocked, Riley's will be happy to arrange for a special order. The wine loft upstairs boasts a walk-in cellar, while downstairs, coolers house what is easily the city's best collection of craft beer with local, regional and international origins. The store is open daily except on Christmas day, and opens at 8a for the Badger football team's home games.
Opened in 1970, West Towne Mall was built on a pasture land in a rural location. Soon after the area became a hit with retailers and has been visited by shoppers for decades now. Over the years, the mall underwent changes to keep up with the changing times and is considered to be among the best of its kind in the area. Easily accessible near the highway, it has over 100 stores and a wide variety of options for those who love to shop. Shop, dine, watch a movie or play, you can be sure of an entertaining time at this shopping center.
Dane County Farmers' Market is the biggest farmers' market in the United States that comprises solely of direct producer to consumer retail. During summer, it is spread outside Wisconsin State Capitol on Saturdays, and at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Wednesdays. The venue changes to Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center during winter. The entire State Capitol is surrounded by more than 300 vendors selling a variety of local goods. There are large and small stalls retailing fresh vegetables and fruits, maple syrup, jellies, local breads, grilled cheese, honey sticks and syrup, meat and spices. Local craft items are sold only during winter. Despite being America's largest farmers' market, it is well organized, and shoppers can easily navigate through the colorful stalls.