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Dessert at the MEC June 26th lunch featured  Sassy Cow vanilla ice cream, Quince and Apple local strawberry and rosemary preserves and a selection of Lala’s Nuts nut confections. Yum!


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MEC SUMMER LUNCH

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Nicole Drives of Lala’s Nuts and Clare and Matt Stoner Fehsenfeld of Quince & Apple hosted a MEC summer lunch on June 26th. The  lunch was a great opportunity for MEC businesses to network as well as enjoy pizza and dessert.


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Teachers Tour the ‘Hood

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The teachers enjoyed a lunch prepared by Underground Food Catering at Old Sugar Distillery located in Main Street Industries, Common Wealth’s second stage business incubator. Nathan Greenawalt, owner of Old Sugar Distillery, gave a presentation about his business and lessons learned. Jonny Hunter of Underground Foods talked about their various businesses which include a catering company, a meat processing facility, a butcher shop...


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Teachers Tour the ‘Hood

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Sarah Hole, Incubator Facility Director, led the teachers on a neighborhood tour with stops along the way at points of interest including Underground Food’s Butcher Shop on Willy Street. Michael talked about the art of butchering and how he processes local grass feed beef. The shop also features Underground Food Meat’s charcuterie and freshly made sandwiches.


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Teachers Tour the ‘Hood

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Twenty Dane County teachers participated in a graduate learning course that included spending a day in the Wil-Mar neighborhood. The Creative Company, located in the Madison Enterprise Center, hosted the group who heard presentations from Dawn Matlak of the Willy Street Co-op and Aronn Peterson from Common Wealth Development’s Youth Program.


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Lala’s Nuts Featured

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Nicole Drives, owner of Lala’s Nuts, was featured in the Summer 2013 edition of Grow magazine.  Catch up with…Nicole Drives. Grow is produced by the UW Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Nicole received her 2011 BS degree in Nutritional Sciences and launched her business that same year. Lala’s Nuts was accepted into the MEC this year and...


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Bike Parking Rules!

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I must say, it is very gratifying to see the new six bike parking rack at Main Street Industries full! It is tucked into a covered space right out side the front door which means bikers have the best possible vehicle parking. This rack is in addition to racks on the north and south sides of the building plus a rack...


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FARE WELL AQUAMOST!

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MEC businesses gathered over lunch on January 17 to say goodbye to AquaMost. After 2 years at the MEC, AquaMost will be moving  to the Novation Campus on Madison’south-side. They will be occupying a space that was once the home to Shop Bop, a “graduate” of Main Street Industries. We expect great things from AquaMost.


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AN OFFICE WITH A VIEW

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I think I might have an office with the best view in Madison. I do have a corner office with big windows but the view I am talking about is from my office door which opens into the Common Wealth Gallery. Every two weeks or so I am treated to a new gallery show.  They are always different and almost always very...


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THEY CAME!

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It was a perfect evening for sitting on the new outdoor terrace at Old Sugar Distillery. Lots of folks rode their bikes and sat outside enjoying the long lingering light with friends and  a libation. Three cheers for summer!


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