Dominique Lenaye of Stoughton-based Itty Bitty Bookstore, the only Black-owned bookstore in Dane County, hand-selects books with the community in mind. “Itty Bitty Bookstore was created to diversify each and every one of our book collections with authors and characters from different marginalized groups.”
Grace Wang is the founder (and self-described “petrepreneur”) of three-month-old Petphoria, which specializes in delicious and nutritious luxury dog treats. Plus, the company is committed to providing people living with disabilities the opportunity to learn basic job functions as they make all Petphoria treats by hand.
Lauren Montelbano is a plant-based chef and holistic nutritionist with The Vibrant Veg, which offers cooking classes, nutrition coaching and whole-food plant-based meals, fresh-pressed juices and healthy desserts in Madison. “My business is an expression of everything I am passionate about.”
Katie Soyka is the owner and photographer at Katie Soyka Photography and is the market manager for The KNOW Women in Milwaukee. “After photographing the amazing women leaders, creators and entrepreneurs in the inaugural Milwaukee KNOW Book, I was inspired to be more involved [with The KNOW Women].”
Molly Moran is the owner of five-year-old Table Wine in the Atwood neighborhood. “I wanted to create a space where people could learn about wine in an approachable way,” says Moran.
Brian Gibson is the general manager at bartaco Hilldale, a restaurant serving up big, bright flavors with influences taken from cuisines all over the globe. “The vibe is a taco truck in the middle of beach party,” he says.
Matt Raboin is the co-owner of Brix Cider, a hard cider business, farm-to-table restaurant, and purveyor of locally grown food and drink in Mount Horeb. To make the cider, Brix Cider sources apples from 25 small farms all within 70 miles of its production facility!
John Weinstock is the executive vice president of marketing for Middleton-based Springs Window Fashions, the second largest global manufacturer of custom window treatments under a range of brands, including Graber.
On Jan. 28, Menikanaehkem, an Indigenous lead organization, along with several co-hosts, hosts a screening of the new film, All In: The Fight for Democracy, followed by a panel discussion with Wisconsin leaders advocating for voting rights.
Angela Quigley is the co-owner of Married In Milwaukee, a hyper-local, online wedding publication dedicated to connecting couples with Metro Milwaukee vendors. Quigley has even expanded into other markets with MarriedInPalmBeach.com and MarriedOrlando.com.