Pop Deluxe Logo

Sadness.  It’s not an April fool- Pop Deluxe (a favorite store of mine on State Street in Madison, and in the links below at the right) is closing its retail location.  Pop Deluxe, if you haven’t heard of it, is a wonderfully quirky, unique, and whimsical store that had an ever-changing array of miscellany…  Now, the news isn’t all bad, since the website will still be up.  Whether it was snazzy kitchen gadgets or tastily diverse cookbooks or serene plant accessories, they always had something fun.  Future State Street trips won’t be the same…

Now, where else can I get my art-o-mat fix…?

Recycle This!

Recycled Starbucks

Photo from story, by Tom Ackerman, Starbucks

Starbucks has taken the additional step of building a prototype store out of shipping containers.  While using recycled materials in buildings is not entirely new, I’m not aware of a building project that has taken the challenge of recycled materials more literally in this scope.  One of the points in the article notes that this approach also encourages use in temporary situations.  Considering how many buildings may be built, occupied, and then left unused if plans don’t work out, a temporary approach may be a fresh idea.  I don’t know that this method of building would extend to other business types, given the limitations, but you don’t find out if an idea’s a success by not trying, right?



Tenuta’s (Added Link)



If you haven’t yet visited the local wonder that is Tenutas, you certainly should.  Make it part of a vacation or a foodie excursion!

You won’t be able to avoid the deli counter, as it would be a travesty of epic proportions.  Their tiramisu is sublimely delicious, and their cannoli have the perfect balance between the cream and the pastry.  I’ve only had the pleasure of the desserts, but plan to return for their assortment of other delectable deli foods.

Their shelves are fully stocked with a wide variety of goods, ingredients, and implements for the cook or connoisseur.  A word of advice- bring the shopping cart through right away; you’ll need it!

If you’re too far from Wisconsin, no worries!  Their online catalog is ready to serve.  Check out Tenuta’s; you won’t regret it!