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Badgers game brings potential shoppers to Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday in Madison saw an extra several thousand potential shoppers on the streets, thanks to the Badgers' final home game.

Whether that additional foot traffic benefits local shops, though, is up in the air.

Mary Carbine, executive director for Madison Central Business Improvement District, says every home game brings big business to small shops in the State Street area.

"What is so much a part of the Badger game experience for many people is visiting State Street and the Capitol square," Carbine said. "Badger athletics is terrific for downtown business and downtown shopping."

The outlook is a little different several blocks away, on Monroe Street. Carol 'Orange' Schroeder, the owner of Orange Tree Imports, says she would prefer home games don't fall on the same Saturday as the first big shopping weekend of the holiday season.

Woman makes 3 drive-thru purchases using 3 fake $20s, police say

Woman makes 3 drive-thru purchases using 3 fake $20s, police say

A woman went through an east Madison fast-food drive-thru paying with counterfeit bills three times in the same day, according to police. 

The Madison Police Department said a woman used fake $20 bills to purchase inexpensive food items at Wendy's on East Washington Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. The woman, driving an older red SUV, made three separate purchases within an hour.

The manager going through the cash from the till found the fake bills and called police, according to the report. The manager said the restaurant's protocol is to ink test large bills, but the three bills that were accepted were not tested.

The woman is described as white, in her 20s to 30s, with long dirty blonde hair and a tattoo on her upper right chest.

Two of the fake $20s had the serial number JE58590236C; the other bill had the number JD95368601C, police said.

Nearly 50 restaurants offer fare for summer's 'Restaurant Week'

Nearly 50 area eateries will take part in a semi-annual area food event next week. 

Madison Magazine's summer season Restaurant Week runs July 20-25. Forty-seven restaurants from Madison, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg will offer special menus during the week. Each menu features three courses for a fixed price that shows off the eatery's culinary specialty and offers diners the opportunity to sample new or favorite cuisines from local establishments. 

Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi at Dayton Street Grille in downtown Madison previewed some of the restaurant's planned menu. Dayton Street Grille is offering House Cured Salmon Spring Rolls as one of three appetizer options on the dinner menu. 

Bioscience co. breaks ground on future headquarters in Beloit

Bioscience co. breaks ground on future headquarters in Beloit

A bioscience company broke ground on a new planned 50,000-square-foot facility in Beloit Thursday. 

The building at 1800 Gateway Blvd., planned to be finished later this year, will serve as the NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes headquarters, the company said. The facility will develop a radioisotope used in medical diagnostic imaging. 

NorthStar said in a news release that the facility is the first part of a planned 32-acre corporate campus. A second and third phase of expansion could double the building's size and build up to two additional facilities on the site by 2018.

The company said 20 full-time employees will work at the Gateway Boulevard building. According to the Rock County Development Alliance, NorthStar expects to have approximately 165 employees working at its Beloit campus within the next four years. NorthStar is currently headquartered in Madison at 5249 Femrite Drive.

 

Metro Market grocery store opens on east side

Metro Market grocery store opens on east side

A long-awaited and sometimes controversial neighborhood grocery store is now open on Madison's east side.

The Metro Market on Cottage Grove Road in Grandview Commons has features like a gelato counter, smoothie bar and a grill.

The store is owned and operated by Roundy's.

Its size and amount of parking spots has been the subject of debate in the past because neighbors did not want to see a large, big box store move in.

The Metro Market is at 6002 Cottage Grove Road.

Police: Scammer posts as east business on classified car sales website

Police: Scammer posts as east business on classified car sales website

An east side business told police someone was using the business's identity online without its permission. 

The Madison Police Department said Wednesday that a sales representative from Wilde Honda East reported a scam Saturday. The employee told police that it appeared criminals were creating listings on Cars.com as the dealership. 

Potential customers started contacting the employee about vehicles that were being advertised online that were supposedly at Wilde Honda East. After checking the photos posted online, the employee said he knew immediately the were of vehicles not on his lot; someone had hacked into Wilde Honda East's Cars.com account, used Wilde's logo, but indicated buyers should contact a private seller by email, according to the report.

Supporters: Despite spills, manure digesters make positive impact

Supporters: Despite spills, manure digesters make positive impact

In November, a pipe ruptured on Dane County's community manure digester, which converts cow waste into power. About 360,000 gallons of manure flowed through a dry ravine, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesman Bob Manwell. The spill entered a creek and reached the village of Waunakee, located more than two miles away, bringing with it an odor.

"As far as environmental damages, there was no immediate fish kill, which is a good sign," Manwell said. About 90 percent of the spill was cleaned up within a week, he said, but some of the spill, located in areas unreachable by equipment, remains.

"We're not saying there were no damages," Manwell said. "This is going to take some time, and we'll continue to monitor to see what impacts there may be."