A chain store is a menace. Or perhaps it is a blessing. The discourse on the matter changes swiftly, but one thing's for certain: the rise of shopping local is not a trend. At its core, it is an issue of community. It is about what a community needs and what a community does not realize it needs. April Francis, founder of the monthly Dose Market understood this perfectly when she created her market, celebrating its two-year anniversary this weekend. And as her festival rose in popularity, so too have efforts in neighborhoods across the city (in Wicker Park, Logan Square and West Loop) to address the questions, concerns, and curiosities of local consumers. Where is this coming from? Who made this? Why should I care?
The rise of local markets coincides with the rise and re-emphasis of shopping local. What does it mean to shop local?