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Sharp looks for men at Moda Italy

Sharp looks for men at Moda Italy

By Shayna Mace

Guys, if you're looking for a sartorial refresh for spring, stop into Moda Italy for a dash of European style. Fred Maghsoud's two-year-old men's store offers slim-cut suits, plus an array of button-ups, denim and accessories. His selection is refined and offers a different take on Midwest style than other local men's stores.

"When it comes to fashion, a lot of people like the Italian cuts, and I thought that bringing that here would be innovative," says Maghsoud, referring to his suiting assortment by Enzo, Mantoni and Bertolini. He points out that his 150 and 140 super wool, wool-silk blend, linen and cotton suits are made in the same factory as designer brands Armani Exchange and Issey Miyake, among others.

Kids, families invited to Downtown Holiday Open House

Kids, families invited to Downtown Holiday Open House

Downtown businesses will be hosting a free Downtown Holiday Open House for kids and families this weekend.

The Downtown Holiday Open House includes free holiday fun, special offers and refreshments at participating businesses downtown, organizers said.

Events include ice sculpting demonstrations in Peace Park, pictures with Santa and a holiday crafting party at DreamBank, holiday trolley rides, welcome bags, ‘Kids in the Rotunda’ performances at the Overture Center and family activities at the new Central Library.

Downtown businesses will be open for families to start their holiday shopping, and families can join the businesses and the United Way of Dane County in providing holiday gifts for teens in need, according to a release.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday on State Street and the Capitol Square. For more information call 608-512-1342 or go online.

B-cycle opens new location at Hilldale

B-cycle opens new location at Hilldale

B-cycle, a bike sharing program, has opened a new location in a retail shopping center on Madison’s near west side.

The new location inside Hilldale Mall is the first B-cycle location in a shopping center.

Madison has 34 B-cycle stations and 350 bikes people can rent, use and return. The majority of the stations are located downtown.

Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Madison Parks is hosting the second annual Fall Festival Craft Fair Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Elver Park.

The free arts and crafts show will be held rain or shine at the park on McKenna Boulevard, according to a release.

"Last year Madison Parks introduced an arts and crafts show to our Fall Festival, and it was a big hit," Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski said in the release. "We are really excited to bring the Fall Festival Craft Fair back this year with talented crafters, food, music and fun activities for families."

The festival will have local artists, crafters, food vendors and live music by the Dang-Its, according to the release. Artists and crafters will be selling original, handmade pieces like pottery, jewelry, quilts, paintings and other decorative pieces.

New rib joint menu full of southern items

New rib joint menu full of southern items

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews JB’s Eat-A-Bite BBQ

The south end of Park Street seen new businesses sprout up recently, including JB's Eat-A-Bite BBQ, which opened in the winter. It took over for the space once occupied by Mario’s Pizza and is adjacent to 7-Eleven.

The menu is full of wonderful southern items, from chicken gizzards to frog legs to candied yams. Of course, it has the staples, many of which are found in the sandwich section.

Read more about the restaurant's catfish fillets, alligator bites, ribs, mac and cheese and more at EatDrinkMadison.com.

Shop tweaks sandwich favorites

Shop tweaks sandwich favorites

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Roast Public House  

The idea of a sandwich shop serving roasted meats certainly got my attention.

Located on State Street where BW3s used to be, and close to competitors Potbelly, Erbert & Gerbert's, Jimmy John's and Full of Bull (now closed), Roast Public House stands out for its unique sandwiches.

Take the Cajun BBQ Brisket ($9), for example. The Bell's Two Hearted-braised brisket was tender and oozing with flavor, and the meat is topped with cole slaw, something I always like to have on that type of sandwich.

Read more at EatDrinkMadison.com