Doser: Quince & Apple
Founders: Clare and Matt Stoner Fehsenfeld
Why we love them: Unusual combinations (think red wine and shallot; fig and black tea) make Quince & Apple’s preserves must-haves to instantly upgrade everything — from morning toast to our dinner party cheese boards.
Products: Sweet and savory preserves, plus a cherry grenadine that knocks our cocktail socks off.
Founder: Leslie Thomas
Why we love them: Combining business acumen, an eye for color, and a true appreciation for women around the world, Leslie Thomas founded WORKSHOP/CoOp in collaboration with the weaving women of Trama Textiles. Each purchase provides an essential item (from hygiene products to kitchen kits) to a woman in need.
Products: Spunky but sturdy bags in a variety of stripes and colors that carry us through our day with a smile.
Founder: Maher Chebaro
Why we love them: Chef Maher wanted to make falafel more accessible. Judging by the Falafill-induced lines at Dose, we declare: Mission Accomplished!
Products: The all-vegetarian menu at their Lakeview hotspot features a wide range of salads, sauces, and more. Playfully explained and packed with flavor and nutrition, we’re happy to load up our pita and try everything on offer.
Doser: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Founders: Jeni Britton Bauer and Charly Bauer
Why we love them: Unbelievably smooth, rich, and addictive, we’re satisfied every time by a bowl of Jeni’s — this ice cream never disappoints. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’d say no to seconds…
Products: Truly spectacular ice creams ranging from classic flavors, perfected, to of-the-moment inventions that convince us it’s always ice cream season.
You literally owe the woman your life. So if you took her to Dose on Sunday, you did your due diligence (and if you didn’t, well…).
She’s big on life lessons. At Dose, you learned a thing or two:
Drinking Virtue Cider impairs judgment. (So please drink responsibly – and find yourself a designated driver, for goodness’ sake!)
Dress to impress. (It’s hard not to look dapper when you’re sporting Shrine Haberdashery accessories like pocket squares and bow ties.)
Always make time for family and friends. They’re what really matters.
Smile for the camera! (This one’s going on Grandma’s fridge.)
Take time to smell the flowers (from Forget Me Knodt).
You want a bike (from Heritage Bicycles)? You’re wearing a helmet.
Don’t go into sugar shock. (Do-Rite Donuts are hard to resist.)
Balance it out with something healthy (like Falafill), why don’t ya?
And always, always send a Mother’s Day card (preferably from A Muse).
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Photos courtesy of Nathan Michael.
Perfect weather, family time and the best of Chicago’s food and fashion — what could make for a better Mother’s Day? We thought a free raffle might do the trick. To the wonderful moms who celebrated the day with Dose: Thank you!
A big thank you also goes out to the Dosers who helped us make two very special gift boxes for some lucky mothers! Sweet treats from Mama’s Nuts, Grown Up Kid Stuff, Salted Caramel, Sheekar Delights, Quince & Apple and ChocolatUzma, plus luxe goodies from May Box Botanicals, M & B Vintage, WORKSHOP/CoOp and Lydia Brockman will be enjoyed by…
Not to get too punny here, but we’ve been hounding Jen Beeman to bring her line, Hound, to Dose pretty much since we started. Fortunately, the stars aligned this month and she’s making a grand entrance with the debut of her spring/summer 2012 collection. We’re stoked, and you will be, too, after taking a look at a few pages from her ridiculously fun look book. It’s no surprise the Chicago-based designer has a BFA in photography; the images are as striking and dynamic as the collection. Have fun and give her a warm Dose welcome this Sunday! (Photos by Julia Stoltz and Brian Guido)
Do you like handbags? We do, too, which is why we’re bringing some of the best bags in town to Mother’s Day Dose:
Born in 2010, WORKSHOP/CoOp was conceived when Leslie Thomas met the women of Trama Textiles, an artisan-owned female-led cooperative practicing the ancient art of backstrap loom weaving.
Delighting in their colorful craft, Leslie created a few bags she thought essential to her own life. The experience inspired her to set up a new business, WORKSHOP/CoOp, designed to help women by ensuring fair working conditions and higher-than-typical wages for the makers of her bags. Prices range from $45 to $95, and built into the cost of each bag is a donation to a woman or girl in need. Purchasing the smallest bag equals a six-month supply of hygiene products for refugee women and girls. The big bags? Purchase one and you’ll be covering the cost of a kitchen kit for a family. Guilt-free and good for all kinds of moms!
Meet Chuey, an artisan at Lisa Kingsley’s workshop in Leon, Mexico, crafting one of her French linen clutches.
Lisa sources her French linen from vintage Paris stock and her signature exotic leathers from a company that owns and operates farms around the world, where animals are bred in their indigenous environments and live out their full life spans. For every egg that’s incubated and eventually used for leather and meat, the farms with which Lisa works releases three eggs into the wild. Translation: Environmentally-conscious, animal-loving ladies can feel better about leather carrying a Kingsley bag.
The third entry in our handbag lineup, new Chicago company GAIA will showcase the Susanna Valerio line of minaudieres and accessories. This Italian mother/daughter creative team was contemplating their latest travels while chatting over a glass of wine at their luxury handbag factory. They discussed the necessity of adding a chic, eco-friendly bag option to their production schedule. Using collected shells disposed of by local resturants and beautiful already-used woods, they breathe new life into their materials with fabulous little catch-all clutches for parties and brunch outings.
Debuting stateside at Dose, don’t miss the opportunity to shop this incredible mother/daughter line!
One of the best parts of Dose? The fact that it’s ever-changing. This month is no exception, welcoming a slew of new vendors. Here are a few highlights:
Pasta is a crowd-pleaser — especially when it’s small-batch, organic, and made in the suburbs of Chicago. Valentino uses semolina, whole wheat, and spelt flours to create delicious dry pasta. It’s toothsome, holds sauce in every imperfect crevice, and tastes even better when seasoned with Valentino’s artisan sea salts.
Baklava craving? Sate it with Sheekar Delights. Diane Khouri Joseph bakes delectably moist sweets using her mother’s recipe. She hand-butters phyllo sheets, rolls them with chopped nuts (walnut or pistachio), adds homemade syrup, and voila: delightful Middle Eastern goodness.
Quince + Apple syrups
You know them for their addictive seasonal preserves in flavors like tart cherry-white tea and shallot confit-red wine. On May 13, Q+A debuts their new line of syrups, starting with tart cherry grenadine. Sample them in complimentary cocktails made with Koval liquor, and pick up gorgeously packaged bottles to use at home.
Grown Up Kid Stuff
The secret to Grown Up Kid Stuff’s deliciousness is in the ingredients: a blend of two Ghanian cocoas (from a company that promotes sustainable farming practices and development of farmer cooperatives), molasses, and cane sugar. Lactose-intolerants and vegans, rejoice! In addition to chocolate, caramel, and Grand Marnier, GUKS introduces brand new dairy-free sauce on Sunday.
Jeni’s Ice Creams
We’ve been wooing this Columbus churner for months, and are thrilled to welcome them this Sunday. They’ll be scooping Ugandan vanilla bean, salty caramel, dark chocolate, and goat cheese with roasted red cherries for anyone craving a cool snack.
Hungry yet? Only four more days ’til Dose!
Missy Elliot once told you to get your hair did. And you did it. So it would make sense that you’d be similarly malleable when we tell you to get your nails did.
Not convinced? Meet our nail guru, Astrowifey.
Tomorrow, the wifey herself will set up under the stairs and deck out one fine fingernail per customer. For FREE. She can do anything under the sun — literally. Keith Haring (above). Customized (below).
Is she insane or what?! The best part is that she works with Shellac, so designs will stay on your nails for weeks (vetted by yours truly).
Do what Dose tells you: Get your nails did on Sunday, May 13!
Doser: The Chicagoan
Founder: JC Gabel
Why we love them: Even when this non-profit magazine was just a glint in publisher JC Gabel’s eye, we knew The Chicagoan was destined for great things (Dosette Heather was a contributor to the very first issue). With the fierce support of Chicagoans far and wide, Dose was delighted to be the launch spot for the highly praised — and completely sold out — first issue of this reconcepted 20th century magazine.
Products: Dedicated to documenting the progressive and historical zeitgeist of Chicago and the Midwest, The Chicagoan newsstand is rethinking print media in the 21st century.
Dose launches: Issue #1A!
Dose appearances: February 12, March 11, May 13 and counting.
Doser: A Muse
Founders: Danielle Klinenberg
Why we love them: A Muse makes art happen anywhere! Danielle helps remind us of the creative spirit that lives within each of us. Whether working with little tykes’ birthdays or neck-tied team retreats, crafting one-on-one or with hundreds of Dosees sending out hellos to their sweethearts, Danielle and her team work to create and realize the art of dreams.
Service: DIY art events.
Dose appearances: February 12, May 13 and counting.