Target on State St.?! In THIS economy?!

Happy Wednesday, Madison!

Love it or hate it, the new State Street Target is open for business.

It's a smaller version of the big box store and part of a growing trend by the retailer to shoehorn itself into tighter, more densely populated urban neighborhoods.

The store is located at 610 State St. in a space that used to be home to an Under Armour Brand House, which is lucky for them considering the building's facade was already bright red.

โ€” Hayley

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๐Ÿš’ Madison's Fire Chief will retire next year.

๐Ÿ€ The Bucks got their rings and a win to start off their new season.

โš–๏ธ UW-Madison's new Center for DREAMers will support Wisconsin's undocumented residents.

๐Ÿฆƒ Registration for the Goodman Community Center's Thanksgiving Basket Drive is open and already filling up.

๐Ÿค‘ The state closed out its fiscal year with a record-breaking surplus.

  • Wisconsin ended the 2021 fiscal year with a $2.58 billion positive balance. The state also managed to transfer $967 million to its rainy day fund, which is used during emergencies.
  • The State Journal reports the surplus is largely due to the massive influx of coronavirus stimulus dollars from the federal government.

๐Ÿน Ultra Lounge 2.0?!

  • Remember when back in July, local entrepreneur Amarion James submitted an application with the city to open an "Ultra Lounge" in a 30,000-square-foot vacant storefront on the West side? He withdrew his applications shortly after but said he'd be back with a scaled-down proposal. And well, he kept his word.
  • James recently submitted an application to open "The Southern Skillet Bistro and Ultra Lounge" at the former Brocach Irish Pub space at 7 W. Main St. (which has been empty since the restaurant closed in 2019). He says the space will offer food, drink, and live entertainment including DJs, poetry, and spoken word performances.
  • The Alcohol License Review Committee is tentatively set to review James' applications Nov. 24.
"It's a supper club type of venue. It's something different. It's unique. It's unlike any other bar or restaurant in Madison." โ€” Amarion James quoted in the Wisconsin State Journal.

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