Founder: Malika Ameen
A baker and a blender: Malika Ameen approaches pastry with the sensibility of a savory chef, infusing her components with spices and unexpected flavors that make for a sophisticated, nuanced result. Her cookies, granola and bars are more than just sweets, they’re compositions.
Love at first bite: We’ve been fans of Ameen’s pastry since we first tasted her desserts at Aigre Doux (now closed) in 2006. Homey but complex, laced with cardamom, lavender and the like, it was clear she had an inherent talent for flavor.
Products: Granola, cake and the best desserts on Earth!
Doser: Lillie’s Q
Founder: Chef Charlie McKenna
Why we love him: McKenna’s recipes are tried and true — they’re all derived from family recipes passed down from his grandmother Lillie and his pit-master father, Quito, the namesakes for Lillie’s Q.
Products: McKenna’s line of spices and rubs, like the vinegary Carolina Gold and a smoke-tinged red sauce infused with “liquid smoke” (ie condensation collected from the restaurant’s smoker), that help you recreate the magic at home.
Spirit-driven: There are more than 40 all-American craft beers to be had at Lillie’s Q, including one designed especially for McKenna’s brand of barbecue by Chicago’s Metropolitan Brewing. But you’ll find the real spirit of the South in Lillie’s Q specialty moonshine-based cocktails like the “Morning Lillie,” a twist on the traditional Bloody Mary.
Dose appearances: July 10, August 14 and September 25.
Doser: RedBelly Boardshop
Founders: Alex Dombroski
Why we love them: THE place to get boards and accessories in the Midwest, happily located in Ann Arbor, MI. Independently owned and impeccably merchandised by founder Alex Dombroski, the store sponsors a slew of talented shop riders and X-Games participants and offers kite-boarding lessons on the Great Lakes.
Products: Clothing, gear and accessories for snowboarding, skateboarding, kiteboarding and the skater lifestyle. Snag the latest and the greatest from Volcom, Nikita, Burton and more.
Dose appearances: July 10, August 14 and counting.
Doser: Salted Caramel
Founders: Gina Haravon & Bridget Doherty
Superbowl start: Salted Caramel began as one-woman show when Haravon, professional chef and confection visionary decided to offer her first sweet and savory treat to the masses. Prompted by a Superbowl challenge, Haravon created Bacon Bourbon Caramel Corn in 2007; the rest is history.
Why we love them: Salted Caramel deftly combines sweet with savory to create twists on classic treats.
Products: Bacon-bourbon caramel corn, pretzel graham crackers, stout marshmallows, vinegary pate de fruit and frozen sweets.
Dose launches: The duo launched their frozen line at the June 5th Market: Thai mango yogurt popsicles, chocolate-mole pops, watermelon-coriander ice and raspberry-goat cheese cups.
Dose appearances: June 5, July 10 and October 16.
Doser: Great Lake
Founders: Lydia Esparza and Nick Lessins
Why we love them: The duo have a killer combination of talent, taste and skill. Their Andersonville storefront is small, charming and smartly appointed, and their pizza–in our humble opinion–the city’s best. It’s certainly the pie with the most passion behind it, as Lessins makes nearly every one himself, makes his own fior de latte cheese and only sources toppings from farmers he knows and respects.
Products: At Dose, foccacia, salads, Barn House confection, English muffins and an assortment of food and housewares from their sundry shelves. At the shop, a rotating selection of seasonal pizzas, plus one excellent salad.
Dose launches: Herb-topped focaccia and spring pea salad.
Dose appearances: July 10 and November 6.
Doser: Redshift Couture
Founder: Kristin Mariani
Couture, we crave it: Kristin is down to craft custom leather pieces, made to measure. An eye patch, party hat or a pair of shorts — whatever you fancy. Oh, and Rick Owens is a fan.
Products: Her signature red stitching can be found on a wide range of lovingly contructed garments and accessories made from new and reclaimed leathers and silks. Every piece offers a perfect dose of rock and roll.
Why we love her: What’s not to love about a beautiful woman championing high-end party hats? Besides that, Kristin is an accomplished artist, through and through.
Doser: Rare Tea Cellar
Founder: Rodrick Markus
Why we love him: Markus is a certifiable tea guru, a member of the Urasake Tea School of Japan and an importer on a mission to stock the city’s best restaurants with tea selections that equal their food in sophistication.
Products: Single-varietal and blended teas from the far reaches of the world. For the market, he sells dry, hot and iced.
Dose Launches: Partnering with X-Marx for the Wuchang Tea House pop-up, Markus provided nine special Chinese teas, along with a fruitily addictive Extreme Bubble Tea.
Dose Appearances: June 5, July 10, August 14, September 25 and November 6.
Doser: Spices of Lezzet
Founders: Nils Bunde, Akin Girav
What sets them apart: “We turn away probably 80-90% of the spices that come to us. We’re very picky. Our prices are higher because we’re so picky. A lot of spice companies buy what’s available at the bazaars and the open market. We sidestep that and go direct,” says founder Nils Bunde.
Why we love them: Lezzet spices are sourced from small farms and top-notch producers. We love the array of colors and flavors–smoky and sweet isot pepper, vibrant purple basil, heady Turkish bay leaves–and that the company began sourcing for restaurants only, and launched their home kitchen line at Dose.
Products: Spices, spice rubs and sea salts from the far reaches of the globe.
Dose launches: A line of small tins perfect for the home kitchen.
Doser:Luxury Garage Sale
Founder: Brielle Buchberg and Lindsay Segal
Where did LGS begin?: “Brielle and I came up with Luxury Garage Sale last summer when Brielle’s family was closing their antique store and I was personal styling clients and doing huge closet clean outs. Brielle was helping her family out by researching and then selling all of the store’s overstock on eBay. She was doing really well and really enjoying it. I was constantly asked questions from client’s about where they should get rid of the clothing items they no longer wore- and if they could sell them to recoup a little money. We didn’t know of a service in Chicago that sold both antiques, art and clothing— so we decided that we would start selling and give it a try. A few months later, the news of our service spread, and we decided to take a stab at it full time. It has been nothing but a success!”
Products: You’ll find unworn or carefully preserved Louboutin, Chanel, Missoni, Alaia … the list goes on and on, everything from apparel to accessories, art to home goods.
Why we love them: Collectors of the best, both Brielle and Lindsay bring an infectious energy to the sale of beautiful things.
Dose appearances: June 5, July 10, August 14, September 25, November 6, February 12 and counting.
Doser: Frtiz Pastry
Founder: Nathaniel Meads, Elaine Heaney, Jared Nance
Their pastry persuasion: “Pastries that have been made for hundreds and don’t need tweaking,” says Meads.
Why we love him: Everything Meads does–from croissants to fruit turnovers to a fantastic Gateau Breton–is imbued with the precision and care of a highly trained, meticulous pastry chef. (Side note: We’re happy to have snagged them before Meads leaves at the end of 2011–though exciting developments are in the works for the Lakeview bakery.)
Products: Lemon pound cake, chocolate hazelnut torte, croissants, donuts and much, much more.
Dose appearances. July 10 and counting.
Doser: Old Town Social
Chef: Jared Van Camp
Sausage Fest: Van Camp is a charcuterie fanatic and a self-taught expert who has transformed one of Old Town Social’s walk-ins into a carnivore’s playground, packed with his house-made bacon, hams, summer sausage, mortadella, salumi and more.
Why we love him: He makes over 30 types of charcuterie, all using top-notch ingredients from local producers. His sausage is only available at the restaurant–and at Dose, of course.
Products: Charcuterie, charcuterie panini
Dose launches: Hand-sliced salumi
Founder: Robert Segal and Alicia Rosauer
Mastering the art of: Both graduated from Rhode Island School of Design–Segal with a Masters in Textile Design and Rosauer with a BFA in Photography. Done with school, the couple moved to Finland to work as junior designers for the esteemed Marimekko, where they honed their skills in pattern design, print-making and manufacturing.
Products: Modern textiles for pillows, throws, table linens and more featuring a variety of designs from stripes to two-tone nature-inspired patterns. Also a curated selection of accessories by other designers.
Product launch: Powder-coated aluminum candle holder designed by Hanna Zoon, September 25
Why we love them: The patterns and materials are at once perfectly crisp, classic, organic and inviting.
Dose appearances: July 10, September 25 and counting