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live at home Get Growing From home remodeling to plant and lawn care, these local events are set to keep your home and garden blooming Where Cooking is an Art Tom Christensen isn't into the bells and whistles. When it comes to his kitchen, he likes to keep it simple. It's a prefer- ence that extends to The Kitchen Gallery, the kitchenware boutique he runs with his general manager (and fiancée) Stephanie Kessenich. After bidding farewell to the cozy Wil- liamson Street location the store called home for four years, Christensen's shop has expanded into the King Street spot once occupied by Tutto Pasta with ease. Finding a warm welcome in the heart of Madison, he shares that sentiment with all who walk through his door. "That good, warm feeling where people come into your kitchen and hang out, that's what we want you to feel here," Christensen says. Rows of top-notch cookware are show- cased alongside colorful and classic dish- ware and all the goods you need for slicing and dicing, sipping and sampling, and even baking a cake or two. But beyond the shelves is a work in progress: The in-store kitchen set to open this year to offer cook- 20 BRAVA Magazine February 2012 2012 NARI Remodeling Expo Feb. 3-5 Have a project but need a plan for get- ting it done? Look no further than the National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Madison's annual event bringing remodeling professionals for all types of projects to you. When: Friday, 2-7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Madison Marriott West, Middleton Admission: $5 per person Information: Visit The Kitchen Gallery outfits Madison cooks with tools of the trade ing demonstrations and specialty classes. "Our goal is to leave a trail of healthier, more competent cooks," says Christensen. Turning customers into friends and these friends into empowered cooks, it's a premise that's quite simple—just the way Christensen wants it. In short: Affordable kitchen gadgets and accessories meet high-end, quality cook- ware in a colorful store where you'll find everything the home chef needs. Christensen's favorites: "We've gone through products to find … tried and true classics," Christensen says. Tops on his list are Mauviel cookware, Burstenhaus Re- decker household brushes and the cutlery selection. Why you'll love it: It's like walking into the kitchen pantry you've always wanted, and you can take it all home with you! Where to go: 107 King St., Madison; (608) 467-6544 or Orchid Quest Feb. 4-5 The Madison Orchid Growers' Guild invites hobbyists and enthusiasts for the annual event highlighting all you need to keep these finicky, but fragrant, flowers in bloom. When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison Admission: One-day pass, $7; two-day pass, $10 Information: Visit Wisconsin Garden Expo Feb. 10-12 Send your mind far from winter at the annual Wisconsin Garden Expo. Meet the Wisconsin Gardener, Shelley Ryan, take part in demonstrations and class- es, and find landscaping and gardening professionals to help in planning your lawn and garden today. When: Friday, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison Admission: One-day ticket, $7-$8; two- day ticket, $11; three-day ticket, $16. Children 12 and under are free Information: Visit

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