Fabulous People

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Fabulous People: Maria Clara Ruiz Zapata

Maria Clara Ruiz Zapata is the founder of Madison-based specialty coffeeshop, Estación Colombia. The mission of Estación Colombia is to not only expose Wisconites to incredible Colombia coffee but to increase the income of small-scale growers and promote sustainable travel and cultural exchange.


Fabulous People: Carrie Koenig

Carrie Koenig is the director of Environment & Facilities for The Bartolotta Restaurants, the premier restaurant and catering group in the Greater Milwaukee area. In her role, Koenig aids to deliver the the Bartolotta Promise of delivering an exceptional environment for guests.

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Fabulous People: Sascha Dhanjal Eifler

Sascha Dhanjal Eifler is the owner of Madison-based Saffi Foods, which specializes in award-winning oils and vinegar in zero-waste packaging. After living in Chile post-college and working with a small olive oil farm, Dhanjal Eifler set out to start a company in the United States offering premium, unadulterated products direct from farms.

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Fabulous People: Shaun Lapacek

Shaun Lapacek is the owner and winemaker at Poynette-based Rock N Wool Winery, which is found on the 40 acres his parents purchased in the mid-80’s to raise sheep. The winery is not only home to spaces to sip the wine, but also a saloon, diner and plenty of family-friendly activities, like disc golf and wagon rides.


Fab Educators

It is safe to say that teachers hold a special place in the lives and hearts of just about everyone. Especially after an unprecedented school year of virtual learning and grasping for a “new normal,” it’s time to celebrate some of Wisconsin’s top educators.


Fabulous People: Shaina and Joe Papach

Shaina and Joe Papach are the husband-and-wife co-owners behind The Harvey House, a celebration of Wisconsin’s supper clubs and located behind Madison’s Historic Train Depot. With Joe in the kitchen and Shaina as the creative director, The Harvey House is a true family affair and a labor of love.

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Fabulous People: Sharon Hinnendael

Sharon Hinnendael is the owner of Door County’s Sustainable Style, a thrift and vintage women’s clothing boutique experience. “As a single mom, I needed a career where my children can be with me. I love showing them you can do anything you set your mind to.”


Fab Foodies

Wisconsin is home to one of the most eclectic food scenes in the country, with delicacies like the Danish Kringle that pay homage to the state’s history, and more modern culinary developments that celebrate the region’s excellence in cheese production (we’re looking at you, cheese curds). But Wisconsin also has a number of more under-the-radar restaurants and foodie hotspots that are now being celebrated through some of the state’s most popular social media food influencers. Here are a few of Wisconsin’s most fabulous foodies to follow for a more authentic glimpse of the state’s thriving culinary scene.

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Fabulous People: Laura Bird

Madison’s Laura Bird is the author of Crossing the Pressure Line, a middle-grade novel for girls that is set to be published March 1, 2022 by Orange Hat Publishing, which is based in Waukesha. After a career in the field of nonprofit fundraising, Bird “finally decided to make the leap to creative writing.”