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Who are the influencers of the 608?


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Last week, we asked for your advice on which Madison locals we should be following online. Here’s some of what you said.


Isthmus Portrait (Chris Collins) | As part of his #608strangers project, Collins captures portraits and stories of Madisonians he meets around town.

Samuel Li | Beyond photography, some of Li’s videography projects include “Winter in Wisconsin,” a celebration of the beauty that comes with Madison’s most notorious season.

Pete Souza | Based in Madison, Souza is the former chief official White House photographer for Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama and is the former director of the White House Photography Office.

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Chris Collins captures candid shots of day-to-day life in Madison. | Photo by Isthmus Portrait (Chris Collins)


Frizz and Frillzz | The Midwesterner, by way of the South, highlights petite fashion, Amazon Finds and life hacks.

Half Pint Resale | One big consignment sale for pregnant mothers and kids ages 0-12, it is run by a local mom and hundreds of volunteers.

Sun and Lace | A women-run studio that offers heirloom-quality handcrafted leather baby shoes and accessories.


The Gin Pennant | Hosts of exclusive cocktail tasting parties, the organization is run by two UW-Madison professors.

Bria Lemirande | This TikTok creator shares her favorite Wisconsin food spots with her nearly 2 million followers.

Pasture & Plenty | The organization recently received a grant to offer after-school cooking classes for local youth.


Bounty | Not quite an art installation, not quite a vintage store, this place on Park Street is certainly a destination.

Hatch Art House | The eco-friendly art gallery on Willy Street showcases only Wisconsin-based artists.

Wild Hunt Prints | Laurie Hunt, just outside of Madison, has created her own illustration and printmaking studio.


Carrellee | Native to Madison, this electronic synth-pop musician plays all over the states, but likes playing locally at Crystal Corner and Mickey’s.

Deep Dive | This local indie-rock band explores young adult relationships with a pleasing splashy vibe.

Sam Ness | The Sauk City native is a singer-songwriter whose soulful tunes have won him the Madison Area Music Awards’ Album of the Year, as well as the Folk/Rock/Americana Song of the Year.


Next time you’re at Imaginary Factory, check out the loo. | Photo by Places I’d Poop Madison


Cierra Robin Blogs | Follow a local lover of all things beauty, fashion, lifestyle, coffee, and more.

Places I’d Poop | Run by Matt Tebo, who has chronic GI issues, Places I’d Poop serves the community by making note of quality public bathrooms in the 608.

The Trans Handy Ma’am (Mercury Stardust) | This creator is livestreaming to reach a fundraising goal of $2 million to go toward gender-affirming care access via the Point of Pride organization.

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