With the Holidays now right around the corner, there is no better one stop shop for all of your gift giving needs than Dose Market, an ever-dynamic marketplace devoted to showcasing the finest designers, chefs, makers, bakers, entrepreneurs and artists. I recently sat down with April Francis, founder of Dose Market, to learn more about Dose, as well as the special edition Holiday market coming up on December 14th: HoliDose.
First of all, what is Dose Market?
Dose Market is the best of food and fashion in one fun spot. We bring together a fantastic group of Dosers every Dose. The lineup is always fresh so everyone has fun and the goods on offer make sense in the moment. It’s a place to eat, shop, laugh, lounge and score the best of what’s happening!
How often do Dose Markets take place?
I have been hearing about a Holiday edition of Dose Market: “HoliDose.” How will it differ from the other Dose Market iterations?
It’s our fourth annual HoliDose – HoliDose is a place where anyone can knock out gift-buying for everyone on their list … enjoy food and drink while shopping … and pick up great pieces to wear and decorate with for the season!
Who should attend?
Everyone! The best part about Dose is that those 0 – 100 enjoy it! We really love seeing singles, groups of friends, lovers and families the day of the Market.
What kind of companies and products can we expect to see at HoliDose?
Check out dosemarket.com! We cover all categories including: art, cheer, apothecary, accouterments, childrens, coffee, confections, decor, drinks, eats, floral, gifts, greetings, jewels, juice, mens, music, pantry, pups, tabletop, travel, and womens.
We’ll have We Theory dJ’ing and a wrap station organized by INDO that will benefit Chicago charity Snow City Arts.
Will I be able to finish some of my Holiday shopping while at HoliDose?
You will be able to finish all of it!
This is a food blog, after all. Can people grab a bite to eat while at HoliDose?
100%! We’ll have brunch from Little Goat, Big Blue Bay, Pleasant House Bakery, Formento’s, Old Town Social, Madison & Rayne, and Owen + Alchemy. There is plenty to pick up for the pantry, including cheeses and tons of confections!
How about food-related items for sale that may make good gifts to bring to a Holiday party?
Treat Bake Shop and Dough Dough Bird Baking Co. top my list! Grown up gelt from Veruca chocolate is always a hit – and so delicious. Love the salted version. Cookbooks from Green City Market and Edible Type might also make good gifts! Rare Bird Preserves, Truli Juli and SuckerPunch Gourmet are also awesome. Le Sirop from Femme du Coupe is always a winning hostess gift.
When is HoliDose, and where is it taking place?
The HoliDose is Sunday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1034 W Randolph, Venue One, in the West Loop.
What is the cost of admission, and what does it include?
Admission is $8 online through Friday, December 12 and $10 at the door. Admission includes one free drink from Virtue Cider or Femme du Coupe.
How can tickets be purchased?
Tickets may be purchased at http://dosemarket.com/dose/holidose/ or at the door the day of HoliDose.
What else would you like for the readers of Chritiques to know about Dose Market or HoliDose?
Dose is designed to support those making extraordinary work in Chicago, across so many disciplines. It is always such a beautiful scene and we are so glad to create this platform for entrepreneurs to sell and shoppers to have a great time!
All photos courtesy of Dose Market