07/09/2016

Bastille Day Celebration

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

BANNER  July 9.jpg

11722639_1091592290854226_7949047493588167182_o.jpg

A real French Gourmet Market with imported delicacies

DSC_7128 (Large).JPG

DSC_7133 (Large).JPG

DSC_7130 (Large).JPG

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

images.jpg

                           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 

 

DSCN2230 (Large).JPG

DSCN2232 (Large).JPG

DSCN2234 (Large).JPG

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

DSCN2236 (Large).JPG

BANNER 2.jpg

                             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 ...  

DSCN2189 (Large).JPG

DSCN2159 (Large).JPG

02:31 Posted by Marielle Giai in The shop through the years | Permalink | Comments (0) |  Facebook |

03/12/2016

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 ...

img654.jpgPascal closing up our boxes

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.

img653.jpg

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

img609.jpg

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 !

img611.jpg

img612.jpg

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

img614.jpg

img618.jpg

 

img615.jpg

img624.jpg

img623.jpgWith Erick our painter and friend since

img625.jpg

img621.jpg

img617.jpg

img619.jpg

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 :)

img629.jpg

Erick our painter handling the forkliftimg631.jpg

img634.jpg

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

img637.jpg

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

 

img638.jpg

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

img647.jpg

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 !

img639.jpg

img650.jpg

img651.jpg

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....

img652 - Copy.jpg

01:38 Posted by Marielle Giai in The shop through the years | Permalink | Comments (0) |  Facebook |

07/31/2014

Our Hydrangeas

They are our pride and the enjoyment of the whole neighborhood !

People stop and take photos every days when they are in bloom ...peak season to see them is mid June to end of July

DSC_9376 (Large).JPG

DSC_9390 (Large).JPG

DSC_9387 (Large).JPG

DSC_9395 (Large).JPG

DSC_9397 (Large).JPG

DSC_9375 (Large).JPG

DSC_9388 (Large).JPG

DSC_9389 (Large).JPG

DSC_9406 (Large).JPG

DSC_9385 (Large).JPG

01:07 Posted by Marielle Giai in The shop through the years | Permalink | Comments (0) |  Facebook |

07/23/2014

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

DSCN9902 (Large).JPG

DSCN9900 (Large).JPG

DSCN9896 (Large).JPG

DSCN9899 (Large).JPG

DSCN9889 (Large).JPG

DSCN9895 (Large).JPG

DSCN9909 (Large).JPG

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 !

DSCN9920 (Large).JPG

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

DSCN9912 (Large).JPG

Happy to bring a little bit of our country to California !DSCN9914 (Large).JPG

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

And French fries of course !DSCN9937 (Large).JPG

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

The video is on Facebook...looks so much fun !

 

parade NY.jpg

 

And a waiter's race or as we say : "course de garcons de cafe "

bastille_waitersrace-facebook.jpg

 

02:10 Posted by Marielle Giai in The shop through the years | Permalink | Comments (0) |  Facebook |

09/05/2013

Summer in San Diego

DSCN7207 (Large).JPG

DSCN7259 (Large).JPG

DSCN7216 (Large).JPG

Some flowers were almost 13" wide  !

DSCN7262 (Large).JPG

IMG_0840.JPG

DSCN7223 (Large).JPG


01:27 Posted by Marielle Giai in The shop through the years | Permalink | Comments (0) |  Facebook |

02/01/2013

The perfect day to trim our hydrangeas

DSCN4247 (Large).JPG

00:01 Posted by Marielle Giai in The shop through the years | Permalink | Comments (0) |  Facebook |

1 2 3 Next