“Chiens’ Depend On Me, Now”

Hat Sternstein at Mon Bon Chien with Sophie-Marie and Diablo

“‘Chiens’ Depend On Me, Now”

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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This October, Your Paris Dream Could Come True…

Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference!
October 11-12, 2008
Paris, France

If you’ve always dreamed of owning your own “pied-à-terre” in Paris or home in the Provinces of France, perhaps as a future retirement home or for now as investment property rented part of the year…this power-packed two-day conference is a MUST.

Hosted by Adrian Leeds, long time resident of Paris, Editor of the Parler Paris Nouvellettre® and French Property Insider weekly E-zine and John Howell, lead attorney for the International Law Partnership, London, these two days in Paris will point you in the right direction to make it really happen!

For more information or to register, visit frenchpropertyconference or email Schuyler Hoffman, Conference Coordinator, at [email protected]

Dear Parler Paris Reader,

I hadn’t heard from Hat Sternstein in a long time. That’s because she’s been embroiled in a…let’s call it a “quibble”…with the Préfecture and the right to continue running her business (a life-long dream) and stay in France. It’s the first time in 27 years that an American has faced a similar “predicament.”

We must be careful in what we say here as any “not so favorable” publicity could hurt her chances of acquiring the well-deserved renewal of her “Carte de Commerçant Etranger.” We make no complaints…at least, not yet. Not until next month when she has the real thing in her hot little hand, or should I say, “paw?”

You may remember Hat (actually “Harriet”) as the American who came to France five years ago (with Sophie-Marie, her best four-legged friend) after attending our very first Living and Investing in France Conference in May of 2002. She had a dream then to open of all things — a Gourmet Pet Bakery!

We all cracked up when she may the pronouncement, but had us eating our own words, or should I say “biscuits” (?) when she arrived a couple years later to actually do it! She laughingly claims it’s ALL my fault, since presiding over the conference and giving her the confidence that it was all “doable.”

Getting the proper papers and opening the shop, in the absolutely above-board legal way, became virtually an act of God. With tremendous perseverance and the help of professional advisors, friends and investors, she managed it. Mon Bon Chien was born on June 1st, 2005, at a small boutique location at number 12, rue Mademoiselle in the residential 15th arrondissement.

Since then, the boutique has catered to thousands of patrons, of both the two-legged and four-legged varieties, and gotten more press than Carla Bruni. People stop by who don’t have dogs, but just want to say hello or buy biscuits for their friends’ pets. She also stocks all sorts of pet specialty products from around the world to make perfect gifts for your favorite pet.

Hat Sternstein is a talented pastry chef, a bona fide lover of dogs and pets and an optimist. She is also the most stubborn woman I can think of…she
simply isn’t going to give up and let the “other guys” win. She says she can’t, “Dogs depend on me, now.”

After five years of ‘pounding the dough’ and about two thousand grand of hard-earned investment capital, she’s hoping she’ll be smiling all the way to the Prfecture this coming month to accept another full year of the right to make biscuits that “fit a dogs dietary needs.” (“There is no additional sugar or salt added to the biscuits and because there are no preservatives they are baked slowly to achieve the right degree of crunch.”)

Hat’s story will eventually make a great novel, but for now our lips are sealed until she’s got that card safely tucked away until next year. Her new Web site tells the story of the bakery itself, so there is no need for a rehash here of how every dog or cat in France (or anywhere for that matter), should be treated to one of her special gourmet goodies…but I can tell you this: we as Americans who support the idea of entrepreneurship, need to commend Hat Sternstein for her ‘stick-to-it-tiveness’ to overcome all odds and keep her dream alive.

I urge all of you to visit the boutique, buy a few things and tell your friends. While you’re at it, any contribution you might want to make toward her “Keep Mon Bon Chien Alive” fund (I just made that up — she did not ask me to do this) to help pay her mountain of legal bills, will likely be greatly appreciated and rewarded in…gourmet doggy biscuits?

Here’s how you find Harriet Sternstein, Sophie-Marie (the “grande diva”) and her newest best friend, Diablo (the wonder dog) at Mon Bon Chien!

Mon Bon Chien
The Doggie Bakery
12, rue Mademoiselle
75015, Paris, France
Métro: Commerce/Felix Faure (line 8)
Open Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Phone/Fax +33 (0) 1 48 28 40 12
[email protected]

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

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P.S. The Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group is open all Summer long, so join us anytime and be sure to mark your calendars for the “Parler Parlor Rentree Party Picnic!” on Saturday, September 20, 2008.


Volunteer for an English-Speaking Hotline

SOS Help is looking for volunteers to listen on their English-speaking hotline and/or support the listeners through fundraising and publicity efforts. The recruitment sessions are held twice a year – spring and autumn. The upcoming recruitment sessions will be held on:

Thursday, September 25th
Tuesday, September 30th
Wednesday, October 8th

You can come on any of those dates – and you only need to attend ONE session!

Visit http://www.soshelpline.org for more information.

An Important and Special Message to AOL Subscribers

As you AOL subscribers upgrade to AOL 9.0, you will find a number of new spam controls aimed at keeping your inbox clean. These controls create a greater distinction between e-mail from the people that AOL customers know and those they don’t by putting incoming email into one of these folders: everyone, people I know, bulk senders, and/or unknown senders.

For e-mail senders like us, unless you AOL subscribers put us in the “people I know” category, chances are we are considered an “unknown sender,” and our email newsletter will not get through to you.

If you want to continue to get Parler Paris just like always, you must a) either add our newsletter mailing address to your address book (“Parler Paris” <[email protected]>, or b) simply REPLY to this text message. If you reply to this email, AOL will automatically put our address in your address book and once in the address book, we are considered “people you know.”

Now our newsletter will avoid the bulk email folder because we are no longer considered a stranger to you!

Thank you, Adrian

P.S. The best advice I can give is to get yourself we

aned off of what I affectionately call “AOHell” and on to something much less proprietary and user friendly (such as Gmail.com).

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Learn how to buy property in France!

French Property Insider is a weekly e-zine, sharing insights, recommendations, tips, and discoveries about Paris real estate and French property. Each information-packed issue is devoted to educating its readers on how to effectively, efficiently and profitably purchase property in France.

For more information visit frenchpropertyinsider.com or email [email protected]

The Film Producing Workshop
Presented by Judith Merians
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Le Pierre du Marais

Do you want to produce the script you wrote or the literary property you optioned, start a production company so you can develop projects, or talk to producers intelligently? In the Film Producing Workshop you will learn what it means to be a producer, what skills you need, who you do business with, how you analyze the marketplace and the buyers, how to talk to money, distributors, and producers and think like they do.

This workshop is led by Judith Merians, who has been an entertainment lawyer and studio executive, literary agent, and film school professor in Los Angeles for over 25 years.

Join us for this 3-hour workshop session sponsored by Adrian Leeds and Parler Paris.

Where: Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais in Le Marais, 96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers

Time: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Only 30€ per person!

Places are limited. For more information visit frenchpropertyconference/

To register email [email protected]

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Welcome to your home in Paris. Home is how you will feel in a private apartment in Paris that has the “seal of approval” from Parler Paris Apartments and me, Adrian Leeds.

Le Pinot Noir
Rue Debelleyme, 3rd Arrondissement
One-Bedroom, Sleeps up to 4

“Le Pinot Noir” one-bedroom luxury apartment is a wine connoisseur’s dream and everyone’s dream. Located just steps off the lively rue de Bretagne, but facing the quiet little street of rue Debelleyme across the street from one of Paris’ finest restaurants, Le Pamphlet, it affords views of rue de Bretagne and the adjacent Marais streets from close to rooftop level.

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inot Noir is completely equipped for pure luxury. Newly renovated, it is complete with a queen size bed that converts to twin beds when desired, a comfortable and easy-to-open sofa bed for additional guests, a washer/dryer combination, microwave, four-burner ceramic stove, full size over, large refrigerator with separate freezer, high speed Internet, flat screen TV, DVD player, stereo, and free(!) long distance phone service

For more details and photos visit /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/pinot_noir.html

To book, email [email protected]

Parler Paris Après Midi

Come for a drink and to meet and chat with other readers in Paris…

The next gathering is September 9, 2008 and every second Tuesday of the month.

Please note: There is no meeting in August.

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Practice speaking French and English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily. Meets three times a week — come as often as you like!


Parler Parlor meets Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

23, boulevard de Sébastopol (at the corner of rue de la Reynie), 1st arrondissement
3rd Floor on the Left (read notice on door to obtain entry code)
Métro Châtelet, Les Halles

Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
14 rue Mabillon, 6th arrondissement
(at rue Guisarde and Le Marché Saint-Germain) 1st Floor
Métro Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Mabillon, Odéon

For further details, visit parlerparlor.com

Join Us for the Rentree Party Picnic!

Saturday, September 20, 2008
Join us for the Conversation Group and then meet there to picnic on Sandwiches, Desserts, Wine and Drinks — 10€

Save 25€ when you buy a 20-Session card that Day!
Normal price 125€, but you pay only 100€!

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