Plus, this weekend is the Willy Street Fair.
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🧺 Let’s go to the market
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An outer view of the future market. | Photo by 608today
Yesterday, we stopped by the Madison Public Market (MPM) open house to bring you a little sneak peek of what’s to come at the corner of East Johnson and First streets.

The market is expected to break ground on the project later this year, and open to the public in 2025.

Refer to this map for a birds-eye layout of the future space.

Entry Hall

The Entry Hall will host one of MPM’s two anchor spaces. Anchor tenants will lease these large spaces to offer a sit-down experience — one restaurant and one brewery — to visitors.

Main Hall

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Here (from the Market Hall), you can see the MarketReady Hall to the right, and the Entry Hall to the left. | Photo by 608today

In the center of the building, over 30 permanent vendors will set up shop. Additional booths in a variety of sizes will be up for grabs for temporary and seasonal vendors.

These flexible booth options will offer a more affordable and manageable way for startup businesses and MarketReady vendors to find their bearings in the world of market vending. This will also provide a more dynamic experience for market-goers.

MarketReady Hall

Between the Main and South halls, you’ll find restrooms, a comfort room, and the market kitchen.

The market kitchen is a shared-use commercial kitchen and food processing facility for MPM vendors and the MarketReady program. This is a unique feature as access to resources of this scale is not commonplace for startups and small businesses.

South Hall

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The South Hall will host many public events, much like the open house. | Photo by 608today

On the far side of the building, the South Hall will serve as a space for MPM, community, and private events.

Feeling parched? The South Hall will be home to the second large anchor space — most likely a brewery.


If you’ve been to Garver Feed Mill, you may be familiar with its second-floor mezzanine. Rather than along the perimeter, the MPM will have a similar catwalk directly above the MarketReady area.

Up here, a community room and kid’s play area will neighbor MPM offices and storage. Pro tip: There’s also another set of restrooms up here if the lines are long downstairs.
What’s your favorite part of the future MPM?

A. Small business resources
B. Food vendors
C. Special events
Wednesday, Sept. 13
  • Wright Design Series | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | This lecture will cover the careers and techniques of William Purcell and George Elmslie.
Thursday, Sept. 14
  • Madison Night Market | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 4-9 p.m. | State Street, Madison | Free | Don’t miss the penultimate market of the 2023 season.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Bicycles and Brews | Friday, Sept. 15 | 4-7 p.m. | Starkweather Brewing Co., 2439 Atwood Ave., Madison | $95 | Reserve your bike tune-up appointment via email.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show | Friday, Sept. 15 | 11 p.m. | Crucible, 3116 Commercial Ave., Madison | $8-$13 | Catch a screening of the classic film with a live shadow cast by Velvet Darkness.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Half-Pint Mini-Fall Fest | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | Mandt Center, 400 Mandt Pkwy, Stoughton | Free | The Madison Children’s Museum hosts a free roadshow featuring yard games, a donut truck, and raffles.
  • Dog Park Pop Up | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 1-4 p.m. | Capital Springs Dog Park, 3398 Lake Farm Rd., Madison | Cost of purchase | Karben4 Brewing will be selling beer and non-alcoholic beverages, and 10% of sales will go to Dane County Parks.
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • Willy Street Fair | Saturday, Sept. 16-Sunday, Sept. 17 | 2-10 p.m. and 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.| Williamson Street, Madison | Free | Day two of the fair kicks off with a parade at 11 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 18
Sunday, Sept. 24
  • Oktoberfest at Breese Stevens Field | Sunday, Sept. 24 | 1-6 p.m. | Breese Stevens Field, 917 E. Mifflin St., Madison | $20-$95 | Nothing quite says Oktoberfest like a late-September day, enjoying some brews and the pitch at Breese Stevens Field.*
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News Notes
  • First Student, Madison School District’s new bus contractor, is struggling to cover all routes due to a 30-driver shortage. While more drivers are currently being recruited, the training process may take up to 10 weeks. The shortage has prompted the use of teachers and principals to assist in getting students home on time. (
  • Honorary Wisconsinite Aaron Rodgers’ first season outside of Green Bay is over. Rodgers, who was traded to the New York Jets, tore his Achilles in Monday night’s game and will miss the rest of the 2023 season. (NFL)
Coming Soon
  • Minocqua Brewing Company is opening a taproom in Madison, next to Trixie’s Liquor on East Washington Avenue. The move is prompted by the potential closure of their northern Wisconsin location, and construction is set to begin shortly. (
  • Exact Sciences is set to acquire Resolution Biosciences, a company previously facing shutdown by Agilent Technologies. While terms are undisclosed, Agilent acquired Resolution Biosciences for $550 million in 2021. The deal will enhance Exact Sciences’ Precision Oncology portfolio. (NBC 15)
  • Urban Triage’s Harvest Festival, themed “Wild Wild West,” returns this Saturday, Sept. 16, 2-8 p.m. at the Farley Center in Verona. Celebrate community wellness and agriculture programs with a Wild West outfit contest, kids’ activities, live music, and food. (Madison 365)
  • Dramatic and moody, yet tranquil and grounded. Are we describing ourselves, or Sherwin-Williams’ Color of the Month for September 2023? Discover the color for your next home project.*
  • Refinance rates are skyrocketing. But home equity rates remain relatively low — which means that now is a great time to borrow against your home. Calculate your payment.*
☃️ Coming soon: Wisconsin winter
It may be the first, but we doubt it’ll be the last Snow Emergency of the season. | Photo by @izzy.larini
346,531. That’s how many coats Wisconsinites have donated to those in need across Dane County and Milwaukee through the Koats for Kids drive since 1986.

All September long, Madisonians have the opportunity to grow that tally while cleaning out our cluttered closets.

Drop off your unused winter clothes — coats, scarves, hats, gloves, and snow pants — at any of the 10 Klinke Cleaners locations in the Madison area by Saturday, Oct. 7.

Don’t have any unused gear?

There are other ways to help.

Financial donations | Don’t forget to fill out this tax form if need be.

Organize a drive | Rally together your coworkers, neighbors, or friends to gather a bulk donation — must be dropped off by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5.

Shop online | Browse the Koats for Kids Amazon wish list to purchase an item to be delivered directly to the drive, no drop-off required.
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One of my favorite things about visiting Milwaukee is stopping at the Milwaukee Public Market, so I’m looking forward to cutting down my public market commute by an hour and a half. I had a blast at last night’s open house, partially thanks to the free ice cream from Chocolate Shoppe.
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