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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Jewelry Making Class Coming Soon!
Jan
13
4:30 PM16:30

Jewelry Making Class Coming Soon!

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Earring or Bracelet Making Class

$95 Design and take home one custom made bracelet or pair of earrings. Great unisex class.  All materials, as well as snacks and beverages, included. With this unisex class attendee’s may select to choose either Crystals, Wood, Pearls or Glass Beads for their bracelets. *Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 312.238.9447 at least 48 hours before preferred class date.  

Class Days and Times

 

Saturday, January 13, 2017 from 4:30 pm until 6 pm

These B.Y.O.B. Bronzeville creative Jewelry Making classes are for all designer levels.

These fun and creative workshops will prove to be a great way explore artistic talents and encourage attendees to test out the uniqueness of their own custom-made designs. Enjoy creating a timeless gift for that special person in your life, for that special occasion or just in time for thoughtful one-of-a-kind handmade Christmas gift. 

Upon arrival of the class, you may upgrade your stones. The monthly rotation of classes allows students to forge do-it-yourself earrings and bracelets while sipping on a favorite BYOB libation.

Group Discounts Available.  

Seats are limited.

 

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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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