“‘Chiens’ Depend On Me, Now”
This October, Your Paris Dream Could Come True…
Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference!
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!
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
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
A la prochaine…
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
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
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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This Week in French Property Insider…
HiFX Report on the Rally of the US Dollar
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.
The Film Producing Workshop
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.
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
“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.
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
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!
WE’RE OPEN ALL SUMMER LONG!
Parler Parlor meets Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For further details, visit parlerparlor.com
Join Us for the Rentree Party Picnic!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Save 25€ when you buy a 20-Session card that Day!
Parismarais.com: Discover the number one travel guide to central Paris
Parismarais.com, affiliated with the Tourist Bureau of Paris, is the creation of a team of journalists and advertising professionals. Passionate about their district, they want the world to discover it as well. The Parismarais.com team constantly selects and recommends the best charming hotels, inexpensive restaurants, upscale shops, museums and galleries. Their goal is to provide information to all tourists and residents. Whatever your passion, everything you want to know about le Marais, in English, is on Parismarais.com! So chic, n’est pas? parismarais.com/
Subscribe to the free Parismarais® Newsletter and each month you’ll receive a review of great bargains to be found in the district…
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To subscribe, visit francetoday.com or call 1-800-901-6560
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“Chiens’ Depend On Me, Now”
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