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Downtown Delights: part 3

Downtown Delights: part 2

Wow, I am having fun with this series! There are so many delights!

A Room of One's Own. Moved to its new home in the old Canterbury Bookstore space. The children's book section has always been great (such as when you are looking for a non-princess Princess book) but it seem much expanded. Children's books are a particular weakness of mine and I can easily spend $100 every visit I make to a children's book section. I really love the combination of illustrations and text, and the joy of finding a new illustrator or author who creates an interesting story.

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Madison Modern Market. (The owner wasn't in when I first stopped in; I'll share some interior pics after I get permission to take them). New on the 300 block, the transition from Pop Deluxe was virtually seamless in terms of stock so there's plenty of pop and mod goodness.

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The Endless Knot. also on the 300 block. A lovely assortment of handmade and Fair Trade crafts, clothing and accessories from the Himalayas. I particularly like their assortment of scarves and shawls that would also be lovely table coverings. I am also excited about the Fair Trade dress situation on State Street. The Endless Knot has a nice assortment, and more will be coming in a few days when the SERVV store opens up on our 200 block.

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Community Pharmacy. Well, the name covers the important services they provide but I have gained new appreciation for the idea of a worker's cooperative. I really like the idea of business models that are more horizontal in structure and where employees have a little more stake in the whole process. They also have a great selection of cosmetics. But the most important medicine they provide for me is a huge selection of fair trade chocolates.

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The Soap Opera.  A downtown staple. Chock full of goodies for body care - soaps, shampoos, perfumes and more. I think my favorites are their house brand line of products which can be custom scented. The array of oils to choose from is a little overwhelming but oh so fun. Chuck Bauer's story is here and definitely worth the read. I particularly appreciate the combination of art and business. And if you ever need a rubber duckie, they have tons to choose from!

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