Doser: La Colombe
Founder: Todd Carmichael and Jean Philippe Iberti
Why we love them: Co-founders Carmichael and Iberti are passionate about three things: coffee, food, and givine back. Their “culinary coffees” are balanced and round, mindful of the kitchen and designed for the palate. Best of all, all La Colombe coffees are earth conscious. They company is a pioneer of Direct Trade, and their 1,000 Wells Project helps build water sources for underserved communities in Africa.
Products: La Colombe’s classic and reserve blend coffees are available online and at their chilled out West Loop cafe. You can also sample what they’re working on in their Atelier (it’s Haiti – Blue Forest right now).
Dose launches: We partnered with La Colombe on our very own Dose Roast, which launched at the August 14 market.
Dose appearances: August 14, November 6 and counting.
Doser: Saffron Vintage
Founder: Marydee Reynolds
Why we love her: There’s nothing like scoring a slick piece of designer vintage. When it comes to sniffing out Lacroix, Dior, Alaia and precious gems from all over the fashion map, Saffron reigns supreme. Reynolds’ love of all eras, from Victorian and Edwardian to punk and grunge ensures an eclectic variety of excellent-condition vintage.
Products: Vintage dresses, separates, outerwear and accessories.
Dose appearances: August 14, November 6 and counting.
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: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: 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
Doser: Gillion Carrara
Founder: Gillion Carrara
Material girl: Carrara sources materials from all over the world: raw goods from the forests and farms of Southern Italy as well as dealers in Africa, India and China and metals from the American south and northwest. We’re particularly taken by her penchant for working with blocks of briarwood originally made for making pipes!
Products: Gillion creates functional and ornamental accessories combining unique materials like bone, horn shell, antler, various woods and roots with precious metals. Her collection includes hand-crafted pieces including silver-lined wooden cuffs, wood and bone rings, silver earrings, letter openers, men’s accessories and cheese knives. Her glasswork is incredible, too.
Why we love her: Her passion for art, the process of art-making, and travel (the source of much of Carrara’s design inspiration) is intoxicating.
Dose appearances: July 10, August 14, September 25 and November 6.
Founders: Jennifer and Kimberly Gennace
What’s the best part about being part a duo: “Two are better than one. Being able to bounce ideas off each other based on our own personal design aesthetic is necessary in our work. The collaborative environment forces us to be challenged and to push our design mentality to the max! Plus, growing up, we started out making friendship bracelets and custom necklaces with nicknames on them and sold them to friends; and look at the evolution of our designs. It’s about sharing the past with the future in our sister design duo.”
Products: Designer Jennifer integrates her background in beading techniques into this bold jewelry line which includes earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.
Why we love them: These enterprising young sisters are too cute and their stuff just isn’t run-of-the-mill jewelry. We love their bold style, shapes and collaborations with clothing lines. Bonus: there’s a one-of-a-kind Ianneci necklace named “April Francis.”
Founders: Arlene Matthews and Brandon Frein
What are your favorite categories, ladies?
BF: If I have to pick one, I’ll have to go with the dress category. Maybe it’s the Southern Belle in me, but it’s nice to feel like a Lady. And what’s easier than a dress? If you pick the right one, all you need is a shoe.
AM: Ha! Is trompe l’oeil a category? JK! That’s a hard one…there’s so much to love per season! But I have to say I’m such a pants gal….wide leg, high rise, low rise, printed, skinny, you name it, I rock it.
Products: Perfect pieces in every category: dresses, pants, jackets, tops and accessories. Not to mention the shoes.
Why we love them: These ladies know how to buy: everything in their online shop is a standout. They carefully curate from critically adored lines, choosing pieces that suit their whims and and very fine taste. They’re a fine tuned machine, the two of them. And they’ve always got a new blog post!
Dose appearances: June 5, August 14 and November 6.
Doser: Lisa Spagnolo
Founder: Lisa Spagnolo
What’s in the future for Lisa Spagnolo: “This Fall, Lisa Spagnolo will expand to include menswear. The line will include classic duffle bags in rich leathers and worn-in denim as well as timeless vintage apparel which will be sold at our online Flea Market store and once a month at Dose Market. There are a lot of vintage shops out there, but we are very selective in what we choose to sell. We focus on great quality and classic pieces that come from a time when attention to detail and care in production was key. We love pieces that only get better with age, like that perfect leather bag or beat-up denim jacket.”
Products: Lisa designs bags, clutches, and totes in cute prints and luxurious leathers with hardware details and stoft feminine touches. She also has a great collection of vintage jewelry, home goods and clothing for sale.
Why we love her: Her “Flea Market Finds” are perfectly picked … and perfectly priced.
Dose launches: LS Menswear on August 14
Dose appearances: June, July, August, September, October, November — Lisa’s a hit, Febraury and counting!
Doser: Truffle Truffle
Founder: Nicole Greene
What inspires her: Savory flavors, spices and collaboration–as embodied by her new I Heart Chicago collection of truffles made with Half Acre Beer, Metropolis coffee, and spices from The Spice House.
Why we love them: Completely handcrafted treats (right down the packaging) which are unrivaled in their authenticity, flavor and quality.
Products: Sophisticated confections like caramels, gourmet s’mores, jarred cakes and pies and, of course, chocolate truffles.
Dose launches: Gourmet pop tarts, “I Heart Chicago” truffle collection, wandering cake and pie.