All New !

It is almost the end of the summer …a busy summer for us with a trip back to France ( will post some photos soon I promise ! ) Lots of buying and unpacking to make the shop all new again !

IMG_2541 (Large).JPGOur saussissons are 100% knitted in France and ready to decorate your kitchen or trick a friend !

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Opinel the perfect picnic , hiking knife , Made in the French Alps since 1880 . A must have   ( from $12 )

IMG_2546 (Large).JPG  Opinel steak knives in Ash wood , new plastic plates in modern grey and taupe 

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Olives picking baskets

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Decorative tree trunk looking pots …make a beautiful cache pot for orchids !

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Whimsical lanterns to light up your garden party !

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Need help putting it all together ? This book has it all !

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IMG_2254 (Large).JPGNew soft Linen Scarves

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Indigo Canvas bag, linen scarf and necklaces from Parisian designer T.Gueta

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Plastic woven baskets , perfect for the beach or groceries ….light weight and easy to clean !

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Fragonard perfumes and soaps are all back in stock 

New scent  Rose-Lavender

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Men are also covered now with a whole new dedicated section with Eaux de toilette, Soaps, shaving needs

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Pour “Monsieur” masculine scents for his bathroom too

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Our all time best seller liquid soap from Marseille …the most gentle soaps for you hands with 72% of oil has a new light scent added to the collection “Olive Wood ”

Brushes from Andre Jardin , Made in France using high quality raw material Useful as beautiful

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Also new is the hand lotion matching the new modern bottles of Black or white tea liquid soaps

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Soft Laundered linen towels are the best to dry glasses !

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New Soaps from Mistral

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Lavender bath salts , exfoliating pouch, travel candle, cream, shower gel, sachets …these are made with the finest lavender oil , our best !

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Its all in the title ! Really All new Paris , young , Hip ….and yes there are some French Hipsters !

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Bastille Day Celebration

 This year again Mission Hills has been the place for all things French !

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A real French Gourmet Market with imported delicacies

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 Movie Ticket Raffle to go see “Midnight in Paris ”  at the Cinema under the Stars !

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                           Cinema under the Stars will show the following movies
                                        An American in Paris July 14-15th
                                           Midnight in Paris July 16-17th
                                         https://www.topspresents.com/films.php 

 

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A couple of our raffle winners ready to enjoy the movie !DSCN2231 (Large).JPG

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                             All the local business have celebrated with us !
                             Special on French Cheeses at Venissimo , French menus at
             Brooklyn Girl , the Patio , Harley Gray, Cafe Bleu  …

             Special on French   Manicure at TOPS , French toasts at The Huddle …  

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It has been 20 Years !

March 1996, 20 years ago …we had just emptied our warehouse in Provence and filled up a 40′ container of goods to ship to San Diego…Taking a big lip of faith that changed our life !
Since our first visit in 1992, we had dreamed of opening up our own shop in California , prepared for a couple of years and we were actually doing it ! This year is a special year as we are looking back at what we have achieved .

img604.jpgIt is hard to imagine what a 40′ container load looks like  ! We measured everything, made a map of our container “puzzle” ,  planned how to load all the palettes and boxes ; but with the rest of bulk things it was still hard to figure out if it would all fit in …

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img656.jpgWith some help we got it ready to go just in time…

img655.jpgIt’s the big day… the container is coming this morning . We’ll have only 2 hours to load !!!  Pascal with his mum and childhood friend Michel who is going to give us a big hand.

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Pascal and his brother looking at the last pieces being loaded . The driver of the truck thought it would never fit … but it did . We could not have fit an other piece of cardboard !

img605.jpgOnce our container left  and only after we had the receipt that it had actually shipped out we could apply for our visas …what a stress ! With our suitcase ready to go, we had to wait… A week later with our brand new working visas in our passports we were buying a flight ticket for San Diego leaving the next day ! Here we are in Marseille aiport with Pascal’s mum and a big box containing her old bike. We have been displaying it in front of the shop everyday since !

img607.jpg The neighborhood as it was in 1996

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img610.jpgMonet’s Bouquet flower shop across the street with Marty and Betty .

img608.jpg“A la Francaise ” , the French Bakery behind the flower shop…it was a small French corner !

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 We have about a month before we get the big delivery so we are not wasting time !

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img623.jpgWith Erick our painter and friend since

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img626.jpgBy the end of March we were ready

img628.jpgThe second Big Day : April 5th…our container has made it across oceans…. same drill : 2 hours to unload everything ! Our new friends are all here to help us out 🙂

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Erick our painter handling the forkliftimg631.jpg

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Our neighbor Bill checking it all out . Is this the most exciting thing that happened in this corner or what !?!

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The boys : Pascal , Erick , Karl , Keith and Kecho ! What an experience for all of us…

 

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It sounded like a great idea to promote our shop at the “Spring Home and Garden Show” in Del Mar …but we had not been to the show before so we had no idea it would be more of a home improvement show than a decorating show . Nevertheless, we rented a truck and headed to Del Mar ! We set up our booth, gave some business cards and made our very first American Dollar here ! img646.jpg

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img644.jpgThe “Grand Opening” …. What is a Grand Opening ??? We are opening yes …this week yes … so this is just the “soft opening”. That was one of the many cultural differences, concepts that were totally foreign to us a the time …That Tuesday after the Del Mar show we opened our doors !

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img648.jpgIt wasn’t a Grand Opening and we never actually did one… We got so busy !! First clients , neighbors …everybody came ! Our shop was buzzing and we were exhausted but so happy 🙂  We were struggling with our very poor English but it didn’t seam to matter to people.  One thing we will never forget is the warm welcome we got from the entire community. All Mission Hills came in , the neighbors brought us some French wine, Champagne, food …we had never seen that …that’s what we liked so much about the cultural differences !

img649.jpgWe sure are in California ! This is one of my all time favorite photo of  Pascal and neighbor Bill who gave me my very first hydrangea’s clippings and taught me how to grow them …see what happened next ! Now the whole side of the shop is a giant hydrangea bush . I am sure Bill will be happy that I continued his legacy….

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Celebrating Bastille Day !

It’s been a fun “14 Juillet ” our ” Fete Nationale”  !

We plan on having an even bigger celebration next year in Mission Hills

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Lou Fanucchi playing the  accordion….it felt just like being in France ! We loved his arrangement ( a mix of Edith Piaf and “Amelie Poulain” sound track ) so much we are now selling his CDs !

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Alice looking very very French today !DSCN9928 (Large).JPG

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Taking our  girls to a Bastille Day diner at Brooklyn Girl after work ! We are going to try everything on that special menu ….crispy sweet breads, roasted bone marrows, steak tartare , pissaladiere, whole Loup de Mer , canard a l’orange …DSCN9932 (Large).JPG

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dinner.jpgSome ideas for next year ….A parade of French cars like in NY ….

The video is on Facebook…looks so much fun !

 

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And a waiter’s race or as we say : “course de garcons de cafe “

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