April is bringing cool to Chicago, one dose at a time. A Michigan native, April studied English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. After finishing school she moved to Chicago and began working as a stylist. Throughout that time, April noticed how difficult it was for local designers and businesses to sell their products and the struggle they faced reaching new audiences. Having a love for street fairs her whole life, April decided to do something about it and start her own fair, Dose Market. Dose finally allowed her to bring all of her favorite local businesses under one roof, introducing them to a whole new audience.


What do you wake up thinking about?

I wake up thinking about my dreams, current events and to-do list.


What's your morning ritual?

Coffee: right now I look forward to the absolutely inimitable Ipsento latte to wake me up — these folks do it SO right. Then: Email. Wardrobe. Healthy breakfast. Tackle to-do list.


How does social media play into your daily life?

Always scrolling when I have a minute — love seeing what everyone is up to! One of my greatest joys in life is celebrating the successes of the ones I love so social media liking and commenting is a great way to stay connected for a born cheerleader and explorer like me. However, I am not one who plans and curates my social media presence — my posts are very organic. I’ll LOL at the mention of a personal brand! I’ve never been able to take this idea very seriously, perhaps to my detriment.


Are we more connected or disconnected than before?

Clearly we are much more connected than every before — it’s impossible to pretend like we haven’t seen a text message, no? But, perhaps, this moment can breed more loneliness and clearly it breeds more melancholy (dating + social media can be a super nuclear combination). In terms of my own practice of connection, I try to stay very aware and do my best in the presence of those I love to stay squarely in the moment — and not so squarely. I believe an emphasis on creativity and learning — seeking connection between people, places and things -- is what helps me grow as a person and what gives us great memories. I desire creation.


What is most important to you in life?

Family is most important to me: cultivating a rich environment in which everyone in the group can learn and grow. I can’t wait to have a big house with a big open door filled with tons of playthings.

Follow April: @Cousital