The Livingston Inn | Madison, Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast

The Farm-to-Table Economy

In our last blog, we celebrated the many successful farmers’ markets around Madison and their foundation to the growth of organic and sustainable farming. Now that farmers’ markets are the norm for the daily and weekly needs of a household, we are starting to see other industries develop and succeed as part of the farm-to-table movement. In Madison, restaurants have really hit their stride in this area, and recently at The Livingston Inn, we have also found a new grocery delivery service that is doing an incredible job at bringing local products to our doorstep.  Continue reading

Farm-to-Table Abundance

farmersmarket2As we head toward next month where we celebrate harvest and are thankful for all that we have in our lives, we want to step back and recognize how far our communities have come with organic and sustainable farming. Without a doubt, the farm-to-table movement has grown tremendously nationwide, but we’re particularly proud of Madison’s accomplishments over the past decades.  Continue reading

Fair Trade Holiday Festival

IMG_5076Tired of all the news about Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and everything in between this holiday season?  If so, we highly recommend you re-vitalize your holiday shopping with Madison’s 18th annual Fair Trade Holiday Festival this Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 9-4, at the Monona Terrace Convention Center on Madison’s famous isthmus, located just a few blocks off the Capitol Square. Continue reading

Turn On Johnson: Artisans Abound

Believe it or not, the Johnson Street re-construction in our neighborhood is nearly complete. The anticipated end date is mid-November. For those of us living in the area, it will be very welcome and somewhat hard to believe. We are excited about how the project will restore and improve one of our most important neighborhood streets. Continue reading

Turn on Johnson: Shop Til You Drop

The Turn on Johnson website has a countdown.  It’s the number of days until the Johnson Street construction is finished.  As I write this blog, the countdown says 103 days.  I’m sure many of the neighbors, commuters, and area businesses will be grateful when that number approaches zero.

At the same time, our neighborhood campaign asking residents and visitors to “turn on” Johnson Street during construction and patronize our small business community entreats us not to be controlled by the future.  Instead, we should embrace the present.

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

I believe I’ve always been a person open to change.  There’s a certain excitement to change and its combination of unpredictability and desire for improvement.

We’ve seen several changes in our Tenney-Lapham neighborhood over the past year, namely several new businesses that will be a very nice enhancement to what we already offer. Continue reading

New Year, Special Wishes

Business EventIt has been quite a year for us, and as we head into the last half of our second full year of business (we hosted our first guests two years ago in July), Peggy and I wanted to take some time to express our appreciation for your support and enthusiasm toward The Livingston Inn and everything we’ve managed to accomplish.  We couldn’t have done any of it without you, so THANK YOU! Continue reading

Anniversary Thoughts

The Livingston Inn – July 2012

One year ago today, we opened The Livingston Inn as a bed and breakfast in the historic William T. Leitch House in Madison.  We did a ton of work leading up to the opening and knew much more was coming.  Reflecting back, I must say the first year was different than we expected but undoubtedly was a successful one in so many ways. Continue reading

Service Call

Stalzy’s Deli creating a customer service experience at The Livingston Inn

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have been struggling with finding great customer service lately.  Sometimes I wonder if it’s a contributor (or effect) of our current economic climate.  At times, I feel like companies just don’t care anymore or have simply given up.  You would think it would be quite the opposite.  If companies are striving to overcome the last couple years of a slow economy, I’d say the time has come to step up the service and make an impression.  Now more than ever, consumers are craving service and personal touches, and employees are seeking positive work cultures.  Excellent customer service contributes to both. Continue reading