Shopping Local Made Easy

Notable Edibles Winter 2015 Issue

Shopping Local Made Easy

By Wendy Allen | Photo By Jim Klousia 0

It may be easy to shop at the has-everything online store or the big box retailers, but a number of locally owned stores are making it easier to support small businesses during the holidays with online shopping and anywhere shipping.

Context Clothing

For men with style, Context Clothing’s shop is filled with uncommon brands of men’s clothing. They’re especially well-known for their denim, leather and shoes. Or maybe your loved one would prefer something reused rather than new? Context will repair denim, within reason, giving those perfectly broken-in favorites a second life. Their Madison Market Bag, made of jute produced by a Bangladeshi organization founded on humanitarianism, is another excellent gift for farmers-market-lovers, with its sturdy construction and waterproof lining. / 113 King St., Madison

Kitchen Gallery

A knife that holds its edge or a cutting board that doesn’t slide across the countertop can be the difference between daily dread or lifelong enjoyment of cooking. For the passionate cooks and bakers in your family, the Kitchen Gallery offers a host of long-lasting, high-quality cookware and foodstuffs at their online and physical stores, from aprons and books to utensils and wine. They even have a gift registry. “The preparation of food is an art,” they say, “which means it carries the same layers of complexity and opportunities for self-discovery as any other art form.” / 107 King St., Madison

Handcrafted Chocolates to Die For

This is the perfect time of year to order a box of artisan-made chocolates online—it won’t melt during shipping. Plus, with these locally-owned chocolate makers, you can be confident your sweets were freshly made before going in the box, not sitting on a shelf for days or weeks. Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier offers distinct, single-origin chocolates that bring out the unique characteristics of each source region’s cacao. Candinas Chocolatier chocolates are freshly and beautifully handmade without preservatives (eat within 10 days, Markus Candinas says) and only available at his two retail locations or online. Roots Chocolates, the relative newcomer to the chocolate scene, based in Wisconsin Dells, are made on the owner’s fourth generation farm.

Candinas Chocolatier: / 2435 Old PB, Verona / 11 W. Main St., Madison

Gail Ambrosius: / 2086 Atwood Ave., Madison / Additional retail carriers listed online.

Roots Chocolates: / Retail carriers listed online.

Wendy Allen is digital editor, copy editor, and a writer for Edible Madison. She reads style guides for fun, believes stories have power, and is fascinated by the evolution of the English languageā€”for better or worse. Her mission: to wrestle the wily comma into submission.

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