But the place I truly feel at home in Madison — and the place in which I’ve lived the longest — is the Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara neighborhood. Or, in fewer syllables, the SASY neighborhood. Here’s my perfect SASY day.
My day always starts with coffee and luckily for me, the SASY neighborhood is full of cafes willing to satisfy my caffeine fix. My coffee shops of choice are Forward Craft and Coffee (they also sell beer), The Victory, or Reverie Baking Co.
Take a Walk
Taking a stroll down Atwood Avenue, countless shops and businesses line the street offering something for just about everyone.
You can’t take a trip to SASY without stopping by A Room of One's Own. This trans- and queer-owned bookstore recently moved to the neighborhood from its longtime home on State Street and has quickly become a SASY staple.
Feeling spicy? Walk a little further down the street and you’ll find Forward Tattoo, another new addition bringing life and creativity to the neighborhood. Hot tip: this shop offers cheap flash pieces that rotate on a monthly basis.
If you’re planning dinner at home, make it something special by stopping at Table Wine for a curated selection of wine, spirits, and beer.