Shops I miss that were on State St, Madison, WI*

{Dates are approximate, and I’m filling them in as I learn more. Feel free to correct me or to share info!}

Tellus Mater (1959-2019)

Driftless Studios

The Puzzlebox

MMoCA gift shop

The Peacock

The Boot Barn (I mean, because)

The Den

That store that had all the backpacks and travel bags


Avol’s Books

Sacred Feather

The Yellow Jersey (1971- moved to Arlington, WI in 2013)

Shakespeare’s Books**

Capitol Kids**

*This is limited to retail shops. I’ll save restaurants for another day. I know you folks really want to know how I feel about those.

**On Carroll Street, but so very close.


2 Responses to “Shops I miss that were on State St, Madison, WI*”

  1. 1 Mary Lloyd December 18, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    That’s sad. I sure hope they get replaced by retail and not all food and bars

  2. 2 Kate December 19, 2022 at 2:21 am

    Really? You sound like Soglin. I just hope they get replaced by something! Landlords on SS charge way too much rent for small retail to succeed (from what I’ve read), and I don’t know how the city has helped that. It makes me really sad. I also really wish the city would get buses off SS—something I’ve advocated for for 25+ years. It’s not a pedestrian mall with all that damn traffic and noise. It could be such a cool space, but we get in its way.

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