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Local business owners propose boutique hotel on King Street

Local business owners propose boutique hotel on King Street

Local business owners have proposed a boutique hotel featuring restaurants and a music venue to be built on King Street, according to a release.

The owners of Merchant, Madison?s and the Majestic have teamed up to propose the King Hotel to the city. The hotel will bring together art, fine food and drink, entertainment, retail and hospitality, officials said.

The proposed seven-floor hotel would be built at 118 King Street on the corner of King and Webster streets, according to the release. The location is currently a parking lot.

The privately-funded hotel would have 33 rooms and employ at least 50 people, according to the proposal.

The state-of-the-art Flatiron building, which was designed by OPN Architects of Madison, will feature six venues, including a hotel, a restaurant, a hidden bar, a barber shop and a lower-level event space, officials said. The rooftop will also feature an indoor, outdoor cafe with a four-season retractable roof.

3 generations celebrate bakery's 60th anniversary

Three generations of men were on Madison's south side at the bakery named for the family to celebrate a milestone Thursday morning. 

"It's been a lot of hard work, a lot of struggles, moving from location to location. But it's all been worth it," Chuck Lane said.

Lane's Bakery celebrated a grand re-opening and anniversary at its new location, about a mile and a half south of its former operation on South Park Street. Lane's closed for about a year before reopening Dec. 18, 2013. The first store originally opened its doors in 1954.

A frosted filled favorite from the eatery, Lane's kringle, would become a specialty. The bakery makes nearly 200 kringles a week, with peak kringle popularity on Fridays and Saturdays.  

Men invited to talk to doctors at golfing event, dinner

Men invited to talk to doctors at golfing event, dinner

Organizers of a men’s health event Thursday said it give will give attendees a chance to improve their health and their golf game.

"Less than half of all men have seen their primary doctor in the last year, despite being at higher risk for heart disease and some cancers simply for being a man," said Dr. Christopher Harkin, family medicine physician at Meriter Stoughton. "If men are going to avoid the clinic, we'll happily meet them at the golf course."

Tee Up for Men's Health will be at Blackhawk Country Club and include golf swing analysis, casual conversation with a variety of specialists from Meriter Medical Group, Meriter-UnityPoint Health said. 

The event includes a three-course dinner and a chance to win $5,000 during a putting contest. It runs from 6-8 p.m. The putting contest begins after dinner.

To register for the $25 golf clinic, visit meriter.com/classes.


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.