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Praliné Dream: Oregon couple keeps candy tradition alive

Praliné Dream: Oregon couple keeps candy tradition alive

Surrounded by kettles of melting chocolate and delectable aromas that could make even Willy Wonka swoon, Dan and Elizabeth Donoghue are building a dream. The new owners of The Chocolate Caper at 105 S. Main St. in Oregon have taken up the Swiss praliné-making trade in a well-established business they’ve owned for less than six months.

Wheeling and Dealing: 'TV Lenny' Mattioli still peddling

Wheeling and Dealing: 'TV Lenny' Mattioli still peddling

The man behind Crazy Lenny’s E-Bikes is a familiar icon in Madison retail history, and at the age of 72, Lenny Mattioli shows few signs of slowing down. The founder of American TV & Appliance, which decades ago ran promotions offering free bikes with store purchases, is now peddling electric bikes.

Crazy? A glimpse inside the mind of retail legend ‘TV Lenny’ Mattioli

Crazy? A glimpse inside the mind of retail legend ‘TV Lenny’ Mattioli

Lenny Mattioli, Madison’s TV, furniture, and appliance king for three decades, has a lot of wisdom to impart about running a retail business. The former mechanical engineer with Eastman Kodak came to Madison in 1969 to help close his dying brother’s 15-year-old Atwood Avenue American TV and Furniture shop, but he soon discovered he really enjoyed being behind the counter.

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On the Job: The Chocolate Caper

In IB's inaugural On the Job video, The Chocolate Caper co-owner Dan Donoghue describes the care and skill that go into making the store's signature pralinés. Dan and Elizabeth Donoghue bought the popular Oregon candy shop in October.

Inside Peek: Ale Asylum

This week, IBTV interviews Hathaway Dilba, co-founder and director of promotions for Ale Asylum, a craft brewery and tasting room in Madison. Ale Asylum recently built and moved into a new location that will provide extensive expansion opportunities for the company's yearly and seasonal craft beers. With a focus on hoppy beers, Ale Asylum produces craft beers like the popular Hopalicious, an American pale ale; Ambergeddon, an amber beer; and Contorter Porter.

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