Maxwell Street Days Summer Sidewalk Sale

Great Shopping Bargains, Fabulous Food & Marvelous Music, July 18-20, 2008

MADISON, Wis. (July 7, 2008)—The 2008 Maxwell Street Days Summer Sidewalk Sale will take place July 18-20 on State Street in downtown Madison, Wis., from 8 am to 6pm on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19, and from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday, July 20. Information is at or (608) 443-1974.

This annual sidewalk sale and community event showcases Madison’s unique State Street and Capitol Square shopping district. More than 100 shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants—many locally owned—offer terrific bargains on clothing, jewelry, gifts, artwork, food, drink and more in this festive, family-friendly event.

Participating stores range from boutiques and fashion shops (Citrine, The Peacock, Sassafras, Karen & Company, Jazzman, Lands’ End Not Quite Perfect Store, Mango Boutique, Sacred Feather, Steve & Barry’s, Sedona, Tiger Lilly, Wintersilks and Urban Outfitters) to shoes (Madison Sole, Jack’s Shoes), sporting goods (Fontana Sports Specialties, Sports World, Yellow Jersey), art, gifts and jewelry (Art Gecko, Capitol Kids, B-Side Compact Discs, The Fanny Garver Gallery, Little Luxuries, The Pipefitter, Pop Deluxe, Poster Master, Shangri-La Collections, Sunshine Daydream, Tellus Mater, Tropic Jewel), health and beauty favorites (Community Pharmacy, The Soap Opera), and books (A Room of One’s Own, Mimosa Books & Gifts, Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative, and Shakti).

New downtown stores participating include the craft and paper boutique Anthology, the Cinnamon Girl boutique, and Goodwill Industries downtown boutique concept store.

Shoppers need not go hungry with restaurants and specialty food stores offering fare for every taste, including Casa de Lara, Chin’s Asia Fresh, Husnu’s, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, Himal Chuli, Nick’s Restaurant, State Street Brats, and Tutto Pasta.


In true “Mad City” style, Maxwell Street Days will feature a clean-up crew on wheels from The Mad Rollin’ Dolls, Madison’s one-and-only all-girls flat-track roller derby league. State Street construction will take a break during Maxwell Street Days, and workers will have the street pavement completed just in time for the event.

Shoppers and families can enjoy free music at two stages:

· OVERTURE CENTER STAGE: A new stage sponsored by Overture Center for the Arts, WMGN “Magic 98” and WSUM 91.7 FM student radio. Located at the middle of the 200 block of State Street, this stage will feature the O’bros presented by Magic 98 plus local bands and DJ’s presented by WSUM.


11 am – 12:30 pm: DJ Dos Microfonos and DJ Moody (WSUM)

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Fedora Band, classic rock & blues by this group from New Glarus. (

2:45pm – 4 pm: Corey Hart an eclectic blend of folk, rock, and a little bit of soul. (


11 am – 2 pm: The O’Bro’s presented by Magic 98. Named best band by Madison Magazine for five years running, The O’Bros blend musical influences from classic R&B, Rock, Jazz, and World Beat to create an irresistible sound. (

2:30 – 4 pm: DJ Jeff Mann (WSUM)

· FOLK & SONGWRITERS STAGE: The music stage at Peace Park (452 State Street) will feature music on Friday July 18 from 11am to 5 pm, Saturday July 19 from 10 am to 5:30 pm, and Sunday, July 20 from 12 noon to 5 pm, organized courtesy of the Madison Folk Music Society ( and the Madison Songwriters Group ( The lineup includes the regularly scheduled “Folk on State” performance on Saturday, July 19, with Randall Williams from 1 – 2 pm and William (Chico) Schwall from 2 – 3pm.

Peace Park music lineup:


11:00 am Stephen Lee Rich

12:00 pm Macyn Taylor

1:00 pm Andrea Potts

2:00 pm Steve Schad

3:00 pm Macyn Taylor

4:00 pm Jim Schwall


10:00 am Nancy Rost

11:00 am Curl/Kennedy

1:00 pm Folk on State (Randall Williams)

2:00 pm Folk on State (Chico Schwall)

3:30 pm Erin O’Brien

4:30 pm The Prince Myshkins


12:00 pm Rich Baumann

1:00 pm Dave Schindele

2:00 pm Andrea Potts

3:00 pm Sandy Andina

4:00 pm Stephen Lee Rich

More details on the music lineup will be posted at as available.

Maxwell Street Days is the perfect centerpiece of a summer weekend getaway to Madison, where you can shop ‘til you drop, and then relax on the shores of Lakes Mendota and Monona, dine at one of more than 80 downtown restaurants, catch a show at the Overture Center for the Arts, or visit the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art or the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace and Convention Center.

For information (including where to stay, park, shop, dine, and things to see and do), see

For more than 30 years, Maxwell Street Days has provided bargains, culinary delights and music for more than 30,000 annual attendees. Why is there a “Maxwell Street Days” on State Street? Maxwell Street in Chicago, Ill., was home to a famed outdoor market and “urban bazaar” from 1871 to 1994. In 1975, Martin’s, a Madison, Wis., clothing store and tailor shop, founded an outdoor sidewalk sale to showcase the State Street shopping district, starting Madison’s very own “Maxwell Street Days” tradition.

Maxwell Street Days is organized by the Greater State Street Business Association (GSSBA), with support from Madison’s Central Business Improvement District (BID).

Maxwell Street Days 2008

Participating Stores & Restaurants

(see for additions and updates)


Art Gecko

B-Side Compact Discs

The Camera Co

Capitol Kids

Casa De Lara Mexican Restaurant

Chin’s Asia Fresh

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream

Cinnamon Girl


Community Pharmacy

The Fanny Garver Gallery

Fontana Sports Specialties

Four Star Video Heaven

Global Cellular / Einstein Wireless

Goodwill Industries

Himal Chuli Restaurant



Jack’s Shoes


Karen & Co.


Lands’ End Not Quite Perfect Store


Little Luxuries

Madison Sole

Mango Boutique

Media Exchange

Mimosa Books & Gifts

Name of the Game

Nick’s Restaurant

The Peacock

The Pipefitter

Pop Deluxe

The Poster Master

Princess of India

Quality Cellular


Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative

A Room of One’s Own Bookstore

Sacred Feather




Shangri-La Collections

The Soap Opera

Sports World

State Street Brats

Steve & Barry’s University Sportswear

Sunshine Daydream

Tellus Mater

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily Too

Triangle Market

Tropic Jewel

Tutto Pasta (on State Street)

Underground Printing

Urban Outfitters

Village Bagshop



WSUM (Student Radio)

Yellow Jersey, LTD

PRESS CONTACT: Mary Carbine, BID Executive Director, 608.443.1973,

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