Earlier this month, I ventured over to the River East Art Center to spend a Sunday afternoon at Dose Market, an eclectic monthly bazaar of artisan food and other interesting (and often local) wares. The space itself is an open, modern layout, with most of the booths set up below street level among the giant pillars. Tickets are a reasonable $10 ($8 in advance), and come with a beer from 5 Rabbit Brewery. Yes, Dose has embraced the increasingly popular concept of drink-while-you-shop. Apparently the mostly young, attractive crowd has, as well.
I am going to be completely honest and say that there is more at Dose for women than men. With that said, if you are a guy and can’t enjoy yourself here, there may be something wrong with you. By my completely unscientific calculations, about half of the vendors have something edible, and many offer free samples. You can hardly walk fifteen feet without running into something delicious to stuff your face with. If you so choose, vendors like Brown Bag Lunch Truck offer more substantial food to satisfy your appetite.
Awesome food aside, Dose is a great place to find holiday gifts, especially for the women in your life. Just about everything is reasonably priced and you should have no trouble finding something thoughtful and unique. (There are always bonus points for gifts that you can’t get in any mall.) Other than the tons of female-oriented fashion items, there is some very cool art and home goods to be had as well. Maybe even after a few drinks, you’ll feel so inclined to splurge on something from Trunk Club for yourself.
All in all, Dose is a great place to eat like a king and do some off-the-beaten-path Christmas shopping. There is only one caveat: Dose is always on Sunday. The next installment is on December 9th, with the Bears’ second demolition of Minnesota falling right in the middle. I would never suggest skipping the game, so my advice is to watch it somewhere nearby like Timothy O’Toole’s and head to Dose either before or after. They are open from 10-5 so, you can establish a good pre-game base, or gorge post-game to ensure that you don’t hate yourself come Monday.
The choice is yours. Happy hunting.