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Feb 7, 2012 >> G&F hearts Dose Market: You Should too


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Fashionistas & Foodies rejoice—Dose Market  is setting up shop just in time to scramble for that special someone’s Valentine’s Day treat. We hit up Dose co-founder Heather Sperling (one of four of the darling Dosettes) to navigate the 46 vendors at the River East Art Center this Sunday. She’s dosing out a V-day Gift Guide fit for anyone on your love list.


ROW ONE (Left to Right)
FOR THE FIERCEST CHICK YOU KNOW: These stackable silver, brass and rose-gold-plated rings from Sable + Graves, a new line from Chicagoan Leah Ball of Body in Metal, are downright badass (and are going to be my V-Day present to myself). Added perk: They can double as brass knuckles! Wear them next time you have a late-night walk home. >> $80 & up.

FOR A LOVELY LADY: Hand-woven from vintage saris, Hand & Cloth’s blankets are as beautiful as they are righteous. The Bangladesh-based non-profit social enterprise (run in part by an Illinois resident) empowers women through gainful employment creating the traditional kantha throws. >> $98-$120, HandandCloth.org

FOR YOUR REAL DADDY/MAMA: The Lillstreet Art Center gallery and gift shop has long been my go-to for stunning works by the upper echelon of American ceramic artists. The center will be setting up shop at Dose with a selection of plates, cups, bowls and more. I’m especially wild about most anything with a Japanese aesthetic. >> LillStreetGallery.com

ROW TWO (Left to Right)
SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEET: There will be no shortage of sugar at the market, but two sweet savants not to be missed are Mayana Chocolates and Mama’s Nuts. Be sure to snag one of Mayana’s Dose bars (pictured above)—upscale, hand-painted candy bars exclusive to the market ($5). I have a near-fanatic love for everything from Mama’s Nuts, but my current favorites are the lip-tingling gingersnap almonds ($8) and fiercely addictive cashew-peanut brittle ($11). >> MayanaChocolate.net  & MamasNuts.com

FOR YOUR BESPECTACLED BABE: Help him/her see into your soul (or at least across the room) in style with glasses from Labrabbit Optics. The spread will include selections from Berlin’s Lunettes Kollektion plus the debut of deadstock frames from the 50s and 60s.  >> Pictured: Carlos Falchi deadstock vintage frames, $150, Labrabbit.org

FOR YOUR SUGAR DADDY/MAMA: Chicago-made Jo Snow syrups can be shaken in cocktails, stirred into soda water and coffee, drizzled over ice cream and lickable body parts–you get the picture. These things are as versatile as they are delicious. >>$10, JoSnowSyrups.com

ROW THREE (Left to Right)
FOR THE BOOZEHOUND: Let’s channel that drinking habit in a more productive direction, shall we? Step 1: Pick up the newest release from Indiana’s Burton’s Maplewood Farm–maple syrup aged in brandy casks, rum kegs and Kentucky bourbon barrels. >> $35 for a 12-ounce bottle, BurtonsMaplewoodFarm.com

FOR YOUR MIDWESTERN MAN: Tell him “I heart your hot beef” with a pack of veal bratwurst from new-to-Chicago Indianapolis charcuterie masters, Smoking Goose. This gift is Dad-appropriate, too (though I heartily suggest affixing different note). >>SmokingGoose.com

FOR THE LOVABLE CHEAPSKATE, THE STARVING ARTIST OR YOUR ASSHOLE EX: Commission a custom creation from Poems While You Wait. Throw a subject at the writers on hand–beauty! romance! the similarities between your ex and a steaming pile of dog poo!–and watch them spin it into poetry on vintage typewriters. >>Suggested donation of $5 or $10, PoemsWhileYouWait.tumblr.com

Find all the below—and so much more!—at Dose Market on Sunday, February 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The local food, fashion and design market pops up one Sunday per month at Chicago’s River East Art Center. Read more about the market’s highlights, and find a full list of vendors, at DoseMarket.com.