By Shayna Mace | Photography by Shanna Wolf (left image, middle top image) and Wiscoboxes
Imagine taking the best of Wisconsin and packaging it up in a beautiful box and sending it to friends near and far, so they can experience Dairy State goodness. That’s exactly the concept behind WiscoBoxes, founded by Sarah Botham in 2016. The curated, themed boxes are packed with locally-produced products from Forestville to Fond du Lac, and everywhere in between. Botham estimates they work with over 200 vendors from 66 communities. One of those vendors includes her and husband Peter’s winery, Botham Vineyards, located in Barneveld. Botham says she started thinking about her business idea after reflecting on the “art, science and passion that Peter puts into winemaking, and understanding … there are others doing really extraordinary things in Wisconsin,” the lifelong Wisconsin resident explains. “My passion for Wisconsin is in the high-quality artisans and iconic makers who are here and can be celebrated — and that’s really what started it. They’re the ones who work so hard to bring Wisconsin to life.”
About the Boxes
- The charming Rise ’N Shine box (middle top) has traditional breakfast favorites, such as Willow Creek pancake mix, Tapped maple syrup and a Holly Neuman Ceramics hand- crafted mug — perfect for your cup of Colectivo Coffee. $91
- “The Grateful box (middle bottom) is special for this time of year … [as] this time of year is a big one for gratitude,” says Botham. “It is a really wonderful box.” With Potter’s Crackers rye crackers, Hook’s one-year cheddar and Wildwood Specialty Foods goodies, the recipient will surely be grateful. From $92
- A favorite of Botham’s, the Elegance box (right top) is the perfect gift to pamper someone with. The giftee can light a Soja Bougie candle, pour Janet Marie’s Felted Goods bath salts in the tub and even savor a Madison Chocolate Company treat. $105
- Four great things, all in the Coffee, Wine, Chocolate box (right bottom). Colectivo Coffee’s most popular Blue Heeler blend along with their Indigo variety is tucked in here, plus tasty chocolates, a JMRdesignsCo stemless wine glass and Botham Vineyards’ estate-grown Uplands Reserve red wine. $99
This article originally ran in the November/December 2021 issue of BRAVA Magazine, another publication by our publisher Nei-Turner Media Group.