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    Default SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    EVENT: MERZ APOTHECARY SPECIAL SAMPLING EVENT FOR BASENOTES MEMBERS
    ADDRESS: 4716 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
    DATE: Saturday, October 12
    TIME: 9:00am

    Merz Apothecary was a great stop during the 2019 Chicago Basenotes Get-together, and they've offered to host another event for us. They have some new fragrances arriving in late September and October.

    They will have 4 stations setup just for the experience:

    • Classic Fall Fragrances
    • New Fall Fragrances
    • The most weird fragrances
    • A blind test table where the group can explore the fragrances


    They will serve snacks and drinks (probably scones and champagne or mimosas) and will also provide some free takeaway samples.

    As a reminder, Merz is in the northern part of Chicago, in Andersonville, in a lovely little area that has a few great restaurants.

    THIS IS OPEN TO NEW GUESTS, UP UNTIL THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT. Please post below if you'd like to be added to the list.

    The current attendee list is as follows:

    Me (Juxtapozbliss)
    Quarry
    Krooze + 2 guests
    Spirit Rose
    Ultravisitor + 1
    Furriner
    Mitchmurr
    Hale & Charlotte
    Cricketapollo
    Sharif
    Emily


    Maybe:

    Andy the frenchy


    Merz is a fantastic independent fragrance, skin-care and pharmacy retail venue in the neighborhood of Andersonville in Chicago. They specialize in niche brands.

    Metered street parking is plentiful on this block as are several excellent restaurants.
    It's also less than one block from the Ravenswood CTA stop at Western Ave.
    Their website: https://www.merzapothecary.com/

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    Last edited by Juxtapozbliss; 11th October 2019 at 12:26 PM.
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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    I'm in!
    Mitch

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    You know I'm in!
    I don't want to. I don't have to. You can't make me. I'M RETIRED.
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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    You know I'm in!
    I will be there! Checking in with my friend- will let you know when I hear back

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Ok my friend is in too. Her name is Charlotte. Thanks!!

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Ill be there.
    I don't know much about medicine, but I know what I like. -- S.J. Perelman

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Hale1 View Post
    Ok my friend is in too. Her name is Charlotte. Thanks!!
    Excellent!
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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    I’m still in.

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    This is gonna be fun.
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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    I'm in

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by krooze View Post
    I'm in
    Excellent. Thanks for all the responses.
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    > A Greater Monster named a "Top 10 Book of 2012" by Common Ills blog
    > Listed in "10 Hot Chicago Reads for Chilly Nights" on Refinery29.com
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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    I'm bumping this just in case we can catch a couple more folks from the Chicago area.
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    > A Greater Monster named a "Top 10 Book of 2012" by Common Ills blog
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    Currently wearing: Amber Absolute by Tom Ford

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    I've sent a reminder to Cricket. There's a FB Fragrance Friend, Emily, who says she'll likely join us. She lives near Merz, and I've instructed her to reply to this thread.
    I don't want to. I don't have to. You can't make me. I'M RETIRED.
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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    I've sent a reminder to Cricket. There's a FB Fragrance Friend, Emily, who says she'll likely join us. She lives near Merz, and I've instructed her to reply to this thread.
    Fabulous.


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    > Gold Medal for "Outstanding Book of the Year" in Independent Publisher Book Awards
    > National Indie Excellence Book Award finalist
    > A Greater Monster named a "Top 10 Book of 2012" by Common Ills blog
    > Listed in "10 Hot Chicago Reads for Chilly Nights" on Refinery29.com
    Currently wearing: Amber Absolute by Tom Ford

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    As most here may be aware, BN has been attacked by spammers. Grant's probably burning the midnight oil trying to outrun these issues.

    The Emily mentioned above has attempted to join and post in this thread, but a glitch is hanging up her membership, F.Y.I.
    I don't want to. I don't have to. You can't make me. I'M RETIRED.
    Currently wearing: VIP Room by VIP Room

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    As most here may be aware, BN has been attacked by spammers. Grant's probably burning the midnight oil trying to outrun these issues.

    The Emily mentioned above has attempted to join and post in this thread, but a glitch is hanging up her membership, F.Y.I.
    Dang. We should post that in the Bugs thread.


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    > Gold Medal for "Outstanding Book of the Year" in Independent Publisher Book Awards
    > National Indie Excellence Book Award finalist
    > A Greater Monster named a "Top 10 Book of 2012" by Common Ills blog
    > Listed in "10 Hot Chicago Reads for Chilly Nights" on Refinery29.com
    Currently wearing: Amber Absolute by Tom Ford

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    We are still open to new guests joining this wonderful experience. If you can live near the Chicago area and would like to attend, please add your name to this thread!
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    > Gold Medal for "Outstanding Book of the Year" in Independent Publisher Book Awards
    > National Indie Excellence Book Award finalist
    > A Greater Monster named a "Top 10 Book of 2012" by Common Ills blog
    > Listed in "10 Hot Chicago Reads for Chilly Nights" on Refinery29.com
    Currently wearing: Amber Absolute by Tom Ford

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    We're just under 2 weeks away from this fun event! All are still welcome to join, just post your interest here. Thanks!
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    > Gold Medal for "Outstanding Book of the Year" in Independent Publisher Book Awards
    > National Indie Excellence Book Award finalist
    > A Greater Monster named a "Top 10 Book of 2012" by Common Ills blog
    > Listed in "10 Hot Chicago Reads for Chilly Nights" on Refinery29.com
    Currently wearing: Amber Absolute by Tom Ford

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Weather forecast tells us the 12th should be cool (56F) and dry.
    This is why I own a shrug, that is a cardigan with elbow-length sleeves. Need those forearms out there.
    I don't want to. I don't have to. You can't make me. I'M RETIRED.
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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    I just got a Fragrantica pm from Cricketapollo that she will attend.
    She also tried to join and post here (like Emily), but couldn't since that cursed spammer interrupted BN's normal functions.
    I don't want to. I don't have to. You can't make me. I'M RETIRED.
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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    I just got a Fragrantica pm from Cricketapollo that she will attend.
    She also tried to join and post here (like Emily), but couldn't since that cursed spammer interrupted BN's normal functions.
    Excellent news!


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    > Gold Medal for "Outstanding Book of the Year" in Independent Publisher Book Awards
    > National Indie Excellence Book Award finalist
    > A Greater Monster named a "Top 10 Book of 2012" by Common Ills blog
    > Listed in "10 Hot Chicago Reads for Chilly Nights" on Refinery29.com
    Currently wearing: Amber Absolute by Tom Ford

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    What's the policy of bringing along some samplers and/or decants from our own collections to share?

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by mitchmurr62 View Post
    What's the policy of bringing along some samplers and/or decants from our own collections to share?
    I think folks would be thrilled. We did that at the Chicago Meetup.


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    > National Indie Excellence Book Award finalist
    > A Greater Monster named a "Top 10 Book of 2012" by Common Ills blog
    > Listed in "10 Hot Chicago Reads for Chilly Nights" on Refinery29.com
    Currently wearing: Amber Absolute by Tom Ford

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Good question, Mitch. Meet-ups are a nice opportunity for swaps and giveaways, especially when you want to purge your excesses without messing with the mail.

    I'm also bringing empty decant vessels and my checkbook in case someone cares to split a new purchase with me.
    I don't want to. I don't have to. You can't make me. I'M RETIRED.
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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    I'm also bringing empty decant vessels and my checkbook in case someone cares to split a new purchase with me.
    Good idea! I could totally be down for some sort of split.
    Currently wearing: Imitation Man by Amouage

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Do we want to post what we may bring so others can say "Oh, I'd love some of that" ?

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by mitchmurr62 View Post
    Do we want to post what we may bring so others can say "Oh, I'd love some of that" ?
    Give it a try. This is a fairly small group, so there may not be a lot of back-and-forth. On the plus side, having just 11 people makes the day-of less chaotic than having a big group.

    Any sort of anticipatory chat is welcome here, folks. What are you thinking about? I'm feeling insecure about the "blind test table," as I don't possess a sharp cyphering nose.

    I'll mention what I'm targeting for a sniff:
    4711 White Peach & Coriander
    Tauer Majestic Tuberose
    Bath House White Tea & Rose
    Berdoues Mandarine & Cuir, Trefle & Vetiver
    Alvarez Gomez Verbena & Orange
    Blocki Saharet
    and candles Diptyque Vetyver and Boy Smells Angelica
    I don't want to. I don't have to. You can't make me. I'M RETIRED.
    Currently wearing: VIP Room by VIP Room

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    Give it a try. This is a fairly small group, so there may not be a lot of back-and-forth. On the plus side, having just 11 people makes the day-of less chaotic than having a big group.

    Any sort of anticipatory chat is welcome here, folks. What are you thinking about? I'm feeling insecure about the "blind test table," as I don't possess a sharp cyphering nose.

    I'll mention what I'm targeting for a sniff:
    4711 White Peach & Coriander
    Tauer Majestic Tuberose
    Bath House White Tea & Rose
    Berdoues Mandarine & Cuir, Trefle & Vetiver
    Alvarez Gomez Verbena & Orange
    Blocki Saharet
    and candles Diptyque Vetyver and Boy Smells Angelica
    I enjoyed the blind sampling passes that I've been with BN folks but I think sampling off test strips is a lot harder. So I'm with you on blind trial but at least you can decide if you like something or not.

    I'm looking forward especially to trying anything new from ELDO and Kerosene.


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    > A Greater Monster named a "Top 10 Book of 2012" by Common Ills blog
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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    If there was any interest in any of my big bottles I can try to bring them. Here are some...
    Silex Ys-Uzac
    Armani Prive - Myrrhe
    Aramis Havana
    Tauer - Incense Rose, Vetiver Dance, Lonestar Memories, L'air Du Desert Marocain, L'Oudh & Tauerville Fruit Chouliflash
    Jovoy Psychedelique
    Slumberhouse Ore, Baque
    Diptyque Kimonanthe
    Spirit of Dubai Meydan
    Il Profvmo Patchouli Noir
    Al Qurashi Safari Extreme
    Last edited by mitchmurr62; 4th October 2019 at 09:36 PM.

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    Default Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by mitchmurr62 View Post
    If there was any interest in any of my big bottles I can try to bring them. Here are some...
    Silex Ys-Uzac
    Armani Prive - Myrrhe
    Aramis Havana
    Tuer - Incense Rose, Vetiver Dance, Lonestar Memories, L'air Du Desert Marocain, L'Oudh & Tauerville Fruit Chouliflash
    Jovoy Psychedelique
    Slumberhouse Ore, Baque
    Diptyque Kimonanthe
    Spirit of Dubai Meydan
    Il Profvmo Patchouli Noir
    Al Qurashi Safari Extreme
    I would love to get a taste of the Jovoy Psychedelique. I have Ore - great winter fragrance.

    I'm not sure all of what I will bring to share, but I have a decant of Serge Lutens Clair de Musc that has turned out to be a bit too powdery and feminine for me so I'm going to bring that to give away.
    A Greater Monster, The Kickstarter Letters & Death by Zamboni
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    > Gold Medal for "Outstanding Book of the Year" in Independent Publisher Book Awards
    > National Indie Excellence Book Award finalist
    > A Greater Monster named a "Top 10 Book of 2012" by Common Ills blog
    > Listed in "10 Hot Chicago Reads for Chilly Nights" on Refinery29.com
    Currently wearing: Amber Absolute by Tom Ford




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