Candle Making Class:  Emerald Escape Products at Absolutely Anything Essential
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Candle Making Class: Emerald Escape Products at Absolutely Anything Essential

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Join us for candle making 102

In this class, we will create happy hour inspired candles using gel wax. You will be able to choose from several spirit inspired fragrances and containers to make your creation.

This is a BYOB approved event. Light refreshments available until exhausted. Supplies included in fee. Random door prizes and you will have the chance to win prizes. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Doors open at 1:30pm and class will start promptly at 2pm. If you are more than 15 minutes late we will have to reschedule you for our next class or issue a product credit. 

Regular tickets are $30 sale ends 6/1
only 20 seats available

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the upcoming events section on our website https://emeraldescapeproducts.com/

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Have Brunch with your favorite Princess
Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

Have Brunch with your favorite Princess

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Join us for a fun-filled day hosted by Fairy Tale Events for mothers and their daughters along with mother and daughter figures.  Enjoy food, desserts, activities, mimosas for mommy and more. 

Don't forget to come dressed as your favorite princess.

Doors open at 12:45 pm.  The event starts at 1 pm until 4 pm.  

Free rear lot parking.

For more info and for tickets please call 708-513-4234.

 

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The Summer Edition Networking Event hosted by Nataliesdeals
Jun
24
2:00 PM14:00

The Summer Edition Networking Event hosted by Nataliesdeals

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Nataliesdeals Presents. Another SWAP until you DROP networking event. Great networking and swapping of helpful information and knowledge for everyone.You do not have to be a entrepreneur to attend. Enjoy great food, pleasant environment and shopping at the gift shop.

Let's Network : The Summer Edition 2018. Where: The Absolutely Anything Essential Gift Shop of Bronzeville
Day: June, Jan 24, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Located 3521 S. King Drive-Two Levels
DJ
Chicago,IL 60653
Price Early Bird $25
Advanced Ticket Sales Only, no ticket sales at the door

Menu for Networking Event
Drinks Included
Garlic Parmesan Wings
Smoked Mac & Cheese
Green Beans w/ Smoked Turkey
Dinner Rolls

Thank you from
Nataliesdeals and the Absolutely Anything Essential Gift Shop
BYOB environment for adult shoppers. *We encourage responsible behaviors when visiting our fun

Some of the Proceeds will help fund the 2nd Annual "This Is Life"Event Back to School Event. This is Life is a 501(c)3 organization

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The Sassy Thrifters Book Club Meet-Up
Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

The Sassy Thrifters Book Club Meet-Up

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  • Friday, June 29, 2018
  • 6:00 PM  8:00 PM
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GET READY to READ!!!!!!

You're cordially invited to our book club meeting. 

Book Club is scheduled for every 4th Friday of the month 6-8pm. Lite snacks & beverages are provided. Raffles & gift giveaways to make it even more exciting :) :). You're more than welcome to bring food, etc. Do share with friends, co-workers, church family, work-out buddies, etc. We want everyone to enjoy this opportunity.

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The Grown Woman Tales VI:  Share.Shop.Inspire
May
19
4:00 PM16:00

The Grown Woman Tales VI: Share.Shop.Inspire

What makes your story better than any other story?

Your twist on the testimony!

We think the best way to "Get over it" is by laughing, talking and sharing an experience.

The Grown Woman Tales is a bi-monthly BYOB event at the Absolutely Anything Essential Gift Shop of Chicago, where women over age 30, connect and hear courageous storytellers talk about a true time they got played, made, or just tangled up in stuff.

When you arrive, check in, hang at the complimentary snack bar, sip some wine and chat with others, browse the gift shop, listen/share stories. The event runs approximately two hours. Goodie bags included with full price admission ticket only. 

May 19, 2018 Doors open at 3:45 p.m.| stories at 4:00 p.m.
3521 S. KING DRIVE (PLENTY OF FREE REAR PARKING)

(THIS IS A PRIVATE EVENT *TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE) 

To purchase tickets call 312.238.9447

Pre-Sale Tickets $30 until April 13, 2018. 

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Support A Sista Shopping Event Chicago
Mar
31
12:00 PM12:00

Support A Sista Shopping Event Chicago

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March 31st, 2018
From noon to 4 pm
Over 30 women-owned businesses under one roof. 
Business startup info, apparel, food, sweet treats, authors, natural skin care products, skin and brow consultations, massages, natural hair care demonstrations, complimentary wine and light bites. Performance by Dance To Make Change. $12 ticket for entry. A portion of ticket sales will go to the young ladies of Dance To Make Change and The Evolving Diva Inc Foundation's summer camp programs. All ticket purchasers will be entered into a raffle to win a gift pack from the RoyalTee Collection. For Tickets  https://evolvingdivainc.com/products/support-a-sista-saturday-pop-up-shop-ticket

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Chase the Vision not the Money Workshop at Absolutely Anything Essential
Feb
25
2:00 PM14:00

Chase the Vision not the Money Workshop at Absolutely Anything Essential

Financial success along with many other successes in life is not about perfection it's about the direction.

As we dive into 2018.  It's time to stay laser-focused on achieving goals for 2018.  Whether your checklist consists of repairing your credit, becoming financially free, creating a passive income source, investing in property or owning a business. You must stay on the path to building a Healthy & Wealthy Life Style.

Join Hosts and Coaches:  Yonna Banks, Wendy Lee, Temeka Hollie

Presented by:  The Absolutely Anything Essential Gift Shop of Chicago and the Sassy Thrifters

Includes All Materials, Appetizers, Wine Tasting and a Good Time.

Free rear lot parking. 

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Zumba Class
Feb
10
2:30 PM14:30

Zumba Class

Zumba Anyone?  

Enjoy a Saturday of getting fit with Zumba. This is a private class. Tickets must be purchased in advance. This is a judgment-free zone. For more information, contact the number listed in the advertisement. 7732165386. Come to lower level gift shop doors. Space is limited. 

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Sassy Thrifters Book Club Meeting
Jan
26
5:00 PM17:00

Sassy Thrifters Book Club Meeting

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GET READY to READ!!!!!!

You're cordially invited to our very first book club meet up in 2018.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sassy-thrifters-book-club-meet-up-tickets-41498630521

Best Seller - COLDEST WINTER EVER. If time permits lets also read and discuss the sequel -
A DEEPER LOVE INSIDE!!!Both books are written by Sister Souljah!

If you have a copy, dust it off, grab from your nearest library, download it.
Let's be ready to read and rap about this book ( and the sequel if you read).

Book Club is scheduled for every 4th Friday of the month 5-6: 45 pm. Lite snacks & beverages are provided. Raffles & gift giveaways to make it even more exciting :) :). You're more than welcome to bring food, etc. Do share with friends, co-workers, church family, work-out buddies, etc. We want everyone to enjoy this opportunity.

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Let's Network and Have Brunch!
Jan
14
2:00 PM14:00

Let's Network and Have Brunch!

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Another SWAP until you DROP brunch event. Great networking and swapping of helpful information and knowledge for everyone.You do not have to be an entrepreneur to attend. Enjoy great catered food, pleasant environment and shopping at the gift shop. 

Advanced Ticket Sales Only, no ticket sales at the door.

Ticket sales are going fast. Tickets can be purchased online Tickets are $35 Get your tickets online //natsdeals.ticketbud.com/let-s-networks---have-brunch-5510f937dda2

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Small Business Saturday:  Creating in the Community!
Nov
25
10:00 AM10:00

Small Business Saturday: Creating in the Community!

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Join the Absolutely Anything Essential Gift Shop in Bronzeville along with fellow community partners Urban Matrix Magazine and The Sassy Thrifters as we celebrate shopping small on Saturday, November 25. In celebration of Small Business Saturday, we’ll be offering creative arts based workshops from 11 am until 3 pm. Painting and Jewelry Making Classes are offered by same day reservation only. We suggest you arrive at or before 11am to sign up, as reservations will go fast! Simply sign up at our welcome station upon entry on the lower level.

Become a vendor or sponsor and join us for our "Rise & Shine Kick Off Breakfast." Where small business owners will network and share ideas around the table in the early hours of Small Business Saturday. 

Small business owners, vendors, and sponsors will offer a host of great sales, specials, and services to supportive customers who recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.

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1st Year Anniversary Customer Appreciation Event
Oct
21
3:00 PM15:00

1st Year Anniversary Customer Appreciation Event

Happy 1 year Anniversary of our brick and mortar!!! The Absolutely Anything Essential Gift Shop of Bronzeville was founded as a pop-up gift shop gracing flea markets throughout Chicago. Now we are a certified Woman/Minority owned incubator retail space with over 18 small business owners inside our quaint location. While we've had our challenges as any other business we are excited to celebrate this milestone. All customers invited to join us as well celebrate our 1 year anniversary and small business ownership in Chicago. 

Drinks. Appetizers. Entire Store full of Deals. Raffles. Music. 
And a darn Good Time. 

Highlighting our 2017 FALL & WINTER VENDORS and CELEBRATING THEIR CUSTOMERS THIS DAY AS WELL. COME HANG WITH US!

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Mind Massage Meditation Class
Sep
30
2:30 PM14:30

Mind Massage Meditation Class

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Mind Massage Meditation Class                            

$15 Includes Meditation, Yoga, Deep Breathing & Visualization Techniques.  Please bring your pillow. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 

2:30 pm until 3:30 pm  *minimum age 16                                  

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Be the Boss:  Business Development Workshop
May
25
5:00 PM17:00

Be the Boss: Business Development Workshop

Thinking about starting or expanding a business?

Don't know where to start?

Join us Thursday May 25, 2017

Absolutely Anything Essential

3521 S. King Drive, Chicago

5 pm until 7 pm

Free Parking in the rear

Free Workshop, seats are limited

Hosted by:  Bruce Montgomery of the Hope Organization

RSVP required:  Call 312-725-8601 or email:  Bruce.Montgomery@OperationHOPE.org

 

 

 

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Pre-Mother's Day Shopping and Pamper Her Pretty Event
May
13
12:00 PM12:00

Pre-Mother's Day Shopping and Pamper Her Pretty Event

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PRE-Mothers Day Shopping and Pamper Her Pretty Event

Come out and shop with us and experience a la carte pampering services.

Treat yourself, your mom, aunt, cousin, grandmother, sister or mother figure, to special services to brighten her special day. 

Free to the public and Free rear parking, *elevator for seniors and disabled. 

We support a responsible B.Y.O.B environment for our shop and sip events. 

Special services include: Manicures, Make-up Artistry, Massages & Wellness.

Over 20 vendors under one roof: Gourmet Treats, Apparel, Accessories, Home Decor, Bath & Body Products, Art Supplies, Artwork, Hand Crafted Cards, Books, Candles, Potpourri, Purses, Appreciation Gifts and more. 

Enter through our first level Gift Shop doors located on the first floor, services & vendors will be located on the 2nd & 3rd floor of the retail incubator space. 

Hosted by:  Remree's Bling's & Things

For more info call 312.238.9447

 

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2017 Pre-Valentine's Day Sip & Shop
Feb
5
12:30 PM12:30

2017 Pre-Valentine's Day Sip & Shop

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Join us for our Valentine's Day Sip & Shop 2017 Event.  If you can shop with them! You can shop with us! Shop Small Business and Save Big!

Pick up that essential gift or treat yourself or that special someone in your life to one of our mini pampering services for the day. services will include:  Mini Make-Overs, Mini Pedi's, Mini Massages and more.   

This event is a BYOB environment for adult shoppers.  We encourage responsible behaviors when visiting and shopping at our fun and artistically inspirational establishment.  https://www.facebook.com/events/849164318560188/?ti=cl

 

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Holiday Shopping Spectacular
Dec
11
1:00 PM13:00

Holiday Shopping Spectacular

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For unique and locally made gifts, Bronzeville's holiday market is ideal—especially if you want to get in a festive spirit with a glass of hot cider in hand. Mark your calendar now for the Absolutely Anything Essential Gift Shops shopping spectacular and knock out your whole gift list with a visit to our gift shop.

If you can shop with them! You can shop with us! Shop Small Business in Bronzeville and save Big! 

Sunday December 11, 2016
3521 S. King Drive
Time: 1 pm- 6 pm
Cost: Free Entry
Vendor Fee: $35 and $50

See you there. 

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Ornament Painting Class
Dec
3
2:00 PM14:00

Ornament Painting Class

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Ornament Painting Party. Check out Absolutely Anything Essential's next event. 
Spice up your holiday décor or create the perfect gift with hand-painted Christmas ornaments!

Our talented artist Lois Stone will facilitate this fun class. Great for the entire family. 12.3.16 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. 
All supplies will be provided, with refreshments and great raffle prizes. $25. See you there.

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The Art of Tablescaping for the Holidays and Beyond
Nov
5
2:00 PM14:00

The Art of Tablescaping for the Holidays and Beyond

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For those who take pride in attractive table settings

Learn smart entertaining techniques for show stopping table settings for the holidays.  These private B.Y.O.B. classes exhibit a series of various ambiance creating ideas and themes in table setting that tell a story from formal to casual.

Learn how to custom design your tablescape and silkscreen your own table set, complimented with color schemes and accessorized with linen, runners, chargers, flatwares, napkins and name cards that will make your table pop. Once class is finished you’ll be able to impress your guests with your handcrafted centerpiece that you created during this 2 hour class.  

Whether you’re hosting an elegant dinner or casual buffet, you’ll definitely want to use this knowledge for even more custom DIY projects down the road that express your style.

Choose from selected themes:

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. "Taking back the Table" Elegant Entertaining - Presenter Annie Bridges

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. "Celebration of Feast" highlighting Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa - Presenter Shonda Williams

Part of the proceeds will assist FAM Entertainment Theater Company, NFP whose mission is to inspire women, teen girls and artist self-esteem through creative arts. 

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The Art of Tablescaping for the Holidays and Beyond
Nov
5
10:00 AM10:00

The Art of Tablescaping for the Holidays and Beyond

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For those who take pride in attractive table settings

Learn smart entertaining techniques for show stopping table settings for the holidays.  These private B.Y.O.B. classes exhibit a series of various ambiance creating ideas and themes in table setting that tell a story from formal to casual.

Learn how to custom design your tablescape and silkscreen your own table set, complimented with color schemes and accessorized with linen, runners, chargers, flatwares, napkins and name cards that will make your table pop. Once class is finished you’ll be able to impress your guests with your handcrafted centerpiece that you created during this 2 hour class.  

Whether you’re hosting an elegant dinner or casual buffet, you’ll definitely want to use this knowledge for even more custom DIY projects down the road that express your style.

Choose from selected themes:

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. "Taking back the Table" Elegant Entertaining - Presenter Annie Bridges  $29.00

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. "Celebration of Feast" highlighting Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa - Presenter Shonda Williams  $29.00

Part of the proceeds will assist FAM Entertainment Theater Company, NFP whose mission is to inspire women, teen girls and artist self-esteem through creative arts. 

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Come Shop with Us October 22-October 29
Oct
22
10:00 AM10:00

Come Shop with Us October 22-October 29

The Absolutely Anything Essential Gift Shop of Bronzeville, invites you to shop with us! Come see our new retail incubator gift shop which occupies over 10 businesses under one roof. We are a specialty gift shop showcasing handmade and semi-handmade items from local handmade artisans, artists, authors, designers and entreprenuers.

Our doors open 10.22.16

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Absolutely Anything Essential Gift Shop

3521 S. King Drive

Chicago, IL 60653

(Lower Level)

Check out some of our in-house merchants

Remree's Bling's & Things

Gream Bling Fashion

Emerald Escape Products

My Junk Your Treasure

Val's Paper Passion

The Krafty Chick

Vi's Tasty Treats

I AM TRENDII

L.Y.S. Designs

Dawn Fowler Books

Michael Ross Books

Black Pages Intl.

Custom Knitted Jewelry

Julia's Paintings

Scents 4 U 2

Dixie Pura

TR Naturals

Natural Izz Beauty

Michael Ross Books

Dawn Fowler Books

Latrell Garnett Books

Chunky Jewelry Organizer

Superior Crafts

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First Friday Grand Opening
Oct
7
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Grand Opening

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Get out of the house and come check out our new quaint Bronzeville Gift Shop that offers a diverse and unique shopping experience with each visit. Sip wine, listen to music and take advantage of special discounts as you browse apparel, jewelry, artwork, personal care, home furnishings, accessories and other goods from the market's over 10 vendors and artists. Event ends at 10 p.m.

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Call for Artists, Handmade Artisans, Authors and Designers
Aug
31
to Oct 5

Call for Artists, Handmade Artisans, Authors and Designers

ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING ESSENTIAL IS A RETAIL INCUBATOR SPACE FOR ARTISTS, HANDMADE ARTISANS, AUTHORS, DESIGNERS and more.

The gift shop is now accepting applications from artists, crafters and designers specializing in jewelry, pottery, apparel, housewares, glass and/or metal work, notecards, books, holiday gifts and more.

For more information email: manager@absolutelyanythingessential.com the following information no later than August 20, 2016:

Application Info: All work MUST be handmade. *Must be committed to a minimum of a 3 month incubator rental space.

Please email:

1. Name
2. Email
3. Business name
4. Website
5. Address
6. Artist statement or bio
7. Type of products
8. Price range of products
9. Other fair/shows/stores you have exhibited your work
10. How did you hear about Absolutely Anything Essential?

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