Morning Update: Wednesday, Oct. 20

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.

— Hayley

🖋️ Charges filed, sentences released, defendants acquitted: Here's an update on several major local court cases.

🤫 A leaked recording of Epic Systems' president shows the company might be all talk and no walk when it comes to their commitments to diversity and equity.

🚒 Madison's Fire Chief will retire next year.

🏀 The Bucks got their rings and a win to start off their new season.

⚖️ UW-Madison's new Center for DREAMers will support Wisconsin's undocumented residents.

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

🤑 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.

🍹 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." — Amarion James quoted in the Wisconsin State Journal.

🐺 Your lunchtime listen: Who is Hunter Nation?

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 54.7%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 71.7%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Are you eligible for a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna? Find out here.

📅 Events: Wednesday, Oct. 20