The couple moved to Madison from New York City, where he had a shop of the same name in Brooklyn from 1999 until 2011.
Just before their first child was born, he said, they were driving around, looking for a bigger place to live that they could afford.
“I had been in New York for 26 years and she said, ‘What about Madison?’ And I thought, ‘Why not?’ “
His wife grew up in Oshkosh and he’s originally from Minneapolis. In Madison, they and their sons, 12 and 11, are closer to family.
“So, we came out here for kid-raising purposes,” said Downey, his arms tattooed, and dressed this day in overall shorts with one strap hanging free, five thick gold chains around his neck.
Downey, 61, said his original