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Andersonville Galleria 

The Andersonville Galleria brings indie marketing to the north side, with nearly 50 craftspeople, designers, and artists renting retail space month-to-month in a newly rehabbed building just north of Foster. When the second floor opens next year, that number is expected to double. There's a little bit of everything here: food (Terry's Toffee, in flavors like "lemon paradise" and "lavenilla"), art (I particularly liked Scott Fishman's color-saturated photographs, including one of a cloudy sky and its reflection in the curved surface of the Bean), and of course clothes and accessories. There's some of the crafty fabric bags and ethnic bead necklaces endemic to street fairs, but not so much. I was tempted by Marrakech Treasures' square leather bags—dyed in luscious shades of green, purple, and orange and adorned with etched metal hardware—and a T-shirt by Novem Studios with an image of Richie Daley and the legend "Mayor for Life." The charmingly hippie-looking kids' sweaters and dresses by LV Designs are hand-knitted on a circular needle, which means there are no seams and the clothes can stretch to fit a growing tot. Other local designers taking part include Lu-Dia Couture, whose double-breasted wool coats were on view when I stopped by, and milliner Marjorie Marshall. —Heather Kenny

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