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East side shop is haven for DIY fans

The next time you are looking to redecorate and have a need for salvaged material, you might want to check out a well-kept secret on Madison's east side.

Until recently, Deconstruction Inc. has only been accessible to a few people. 

"It's unique. There's always just one piece that isn't going to be like anything that your friends have," said shopper Becca Sandlin when asked about what drew her to upcycling material.

Sandlin discovered the store thanks to a recommendation from a client.

"I watch HGTV and so I'm definitely inspired by reusing old material," said Sandlin as she browsed for inspiration to decorate her new home. She had a wood-paneled ceiling and architectural pieces for her garden in mind.

Deconstruction Inc. sells materials in a more seasoned state.

Mark Raszewski is a self-proclaimed collector of everything.

"Over time, kind of honed in more on industrial things and anything vintage," said Raszewski.

WATCH: Cooking an Irish feast for St. Patrick’s Day

WATCH as News 3's Mary Jo Ola visits Brocach Irish Pub in Madison Tuesday morning to learn from one of the chefs about cooking an Irish feast for St. Patrick’s Day.

Brocach has two Madison locations, one on the Capitol Square and another on Monroe Street. 

WATCH: Studio offers an outlet for expression following Robinson shooting

Wheelhouse Studios on the UW campus is letting people use art to react to the police shooting of Tony Robinson.

It's community that's helping people cope with a death that's left an imprint with many. 

Wheelhouse Studios is in the Memorial Union. Anyone is welcome to stop by and make a reaction print through Friday at 6:29 p.m., when there will be a closing reflection. 

WATCH: Cold-weather zoo visits worth bundling up

There's no hibernating for Henry Vilas Zoo; the zoo is open 365 days a year and even in the middle of a Wisconsin winter, there are many reasons to take a stroll through the exhibits.

WATCH Leah Linscheid's report on winter-loving zoo critters.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie draws protests

'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie draws protests

Outside of the Marcus Point Theater on Madison's west side, Mary Jo Walters unloaded a piece of red poster board out of her trunk.

"The main thing is to show up at all. I think it's really important for us to go out into public and speak about women and violence," Walters said.

One hour before the first showing of "Fifty Shades of Grey," Walters set up with her sign.

"A ban of the movie would be great," Walters said.

Based on a sexually charged book, Walters said the plot of the erotic novel is more like a horror story than anything romantic. She said the violence and abuse portrayed in it doesn't empower women or portray an accurate depiction of love.

"I don't think it should be promoted as a love story that's seen as a gift basket for Valentine's Day," Walters said.

On the other side of town, Ellen Barnard runs a small shop filled with lingerie and other items meant to add to someone's sex life. She also lectures on the touchy topic.

WATCH: Madison natives discuss current state of civil rights

As the nation celebrates Black History Month and honor those who fought for civil rights, the current fight for racial justice is also on many people's minds.

WATCH as News 3 Reporter Velena Jones sat down with lifelong residents of the Madison community to get their take on how we have improved in Madison and where the community needs to go next.

Area Girl Scouts ready for cookie sales season

Friday marks the first day of Girl Scout cookie sales.

News 3 Reporter Mary Jo Ola was at the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland Council Center on Madison's south side Friday to talk to the budding entrepreneurs, a group of Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and a Cadette Girl Scout, about the coming sales season.

Visit gsbadgerland.org for more information.