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Nate "Rufio" Showers PDF Print E-mail
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Nate "Rufio" Showers - Rogues Gallery

Interviewed by Angie West
Photos by Jonathan Canny

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Nathan "Rufio" Showers, long-time bartender and now owner of his own place—Rogues Gallery—is well-known in the industry. This Madison native likes motorcycles, cars, tats, music and art, which can be seen and felt in his bar. For those of us that don’t know Rufio very well, here is his story.

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Amy Bladow - BarNone

Interviewed by Brian West
Photos by Michael Wessel

a picture of bartender Amy Bladow from BarNoneStepping into BarNone, located on the corner of Juneau and Water Street, you immediately know this is a different kind of Water Street bar. By far the smallest on the block, None feels more like an old-school corner bar ... not dingy or dirty (quite the opposite, actually), but warm and friendly, as if stepping into a close friend’s house.

It’s not so much the space that makes you feel that way, however, as it is the staff behind the bar. In particular, it’s owner/operator Amy Bladow. Whether you’ve known her for years or for just 5 minutes, Amy has a way of making you feel like a welcomed friend. Her easy demeanor, laid-back attitude and snarky wit are genuine—and you can sense that immediately. Amy’s focus on service, combined with her sense of humor, has attracted a steady group of regulars, including a large following in the service industry.

Next time you’re downtown, be sure to stop into BarNone and get to know Amy. Maybe you can buy her a shot ... we hear she likes Powers ...

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