Monday, March 20, 2017

April: "Le Lapin de Jardin"

Spring is almost here!  The days are noticeably longer, it is warmer out, and the sun feels just a little bit brighter.  To celebrate the coming of Spring, Confectionique's theme for our April market is  "Le Lapin de Jardin" -- the garden bunny, which we will feature from April 6th-9th!

This year, we are combining our annual Easter market and our annual garden-themed market into one Spring fete!  What's more quintessentially Spring than visions of bunnies, chicks, and lambs?  The coming of Spring evokes all manner of flora, fauna and the ground and air coming alive again in so many ways, in addition to gardens and gardeners.  Our April market theme weaves all of these together into one tapestry of garden decor and Spring delights -- with a French twist, of course!

Easter is Sunday, April 16th this year -- we'll have tons Paques (Easter) merchandise -- let us help you fill your basket with vintage, Parisian and handmade treasures!  And remember -- Mother's Day is just a few months away, too.

Stop by, also, if you have questions about how you can join us for our upcoming tour of Provence Sept. 4-12.   We'll be happy to answer them!

Join us for our "Le Lapin de Jardin" market celebration!  Here comes Peter -- er, Pierre -- Cottontail!

"Le Lapin de Jardin" Market Hours:

Thursday, April 6:             5pm-8pm            
Friday, April 7:                   10am-5pm
Saturday, April 8:              10am-5pm
Sunday, April 9:                  Noon-5pm

a bientot!


Sunday, February 26, 2017

April Academie: Spring into some creative action!

Petit Jardin dans un Livre  (Little garden in a book)  You will have a beautiful selection of succulents, mosses, appropriate soil, and pebbles and an old book to plant your garden in.  The one I made includes an antique mirror I bought at a flea market in Paris.  I will have many miniatures and old French finds that you can purchase if you desire.  All you bring is your imagination! The class will be held on Sunday April 9  from 12-2:00 with a cost of $40.00. Anastasia will be the instructor.  Limit is 5. If you would like to bring your own book and embellishments, feel free to do so!  Click here to go to our ETSY store to register for the class, reserve your spot and pay for this class, including supplies.

Birds of a Feather! Connie Jean's broken, china mosaic classes are always popular. Come join us to create this charming "oiseau" bird plaque. Wouldn't this be adorable hanging outside or in your sun room? You will need some skills working with snipping sheers (provided) to put this beautiful mosaic together. Connie Jean will provide personalized instruction and all supplies. Class is limited to 5 and will be held on Saturday April 8 from 10-noon. Tuition is $40 per person.  Click here to go to Connie Jean's ETSY store to register for the class, reserve your spot and pay for this class, including supplies.

Oeufs et Fleurs! (Eggs and Flowers)
Nothing says Spring quite like this cheery banner. You will work with a lovely selection of pretty pastel papers and little images to create a whimsical design. These flowers and eggs would look lovely in a bowl or strung together for a banner. This class is $40.00, includes all supplies will be held on Friday April 7 from 2-4:00 and is limited to 5. Instructor is Anastasia. Click here to go to our ETSY store to register for the class, reserve your spot and pay for this class, including supplies.

Please message us on Facebook or at if you have any questions about the classes, registration or payment. Classes are limited to 5 to allow enough room to create. Along with supplies, tea and water are included. We hope you will come spend some time at our creative table. 

abientot, Anastasia

Friday, February 10, 2017

Join Us in Provence This September!

Enjoy a drink by the Roman Arena in Arles
Quaint markets, delicious wines and magnificent Roman sites -- just a few of the tantalizing experiences you can enjoy with us in Provence!  This September, in conjunction with Madison's Burkhalter Travel, we are hosting a tour of Provence in the south of France -- and we want you to join us.

Last year, we led our first-ever tour of the flea markets of Paris.  This year, we are returning to France -- and you can come with us! From Sept. 4th-12th, we'll be hosting our first market tour in Provence, featuring the cities of Nimes, Arles, Avignon, Orange and Isle sur la Sorgue.

Palace of the Popes, Avignon
Confectionique's 2017 Provence Tour will offer you the opportunity visit ancient Roman monuments, taste the delightful wines of the region, and visit breathtaking markets in several cities.  

Popular and scenic, Provence came to worldwide attention in part due to the books of British expatriate Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence and other books about his life in the region.  Provence's purple lavender fields, craggy olive trees, multicolored vineyards, cliffs, gorges and ancient villages all await you!

Fabulous Provencal Markets!
The days and evenings will be spent exploring, experiencing and partaking in the pleasures of Provencal life.  We will have time together and you will have the freedom to search for some adventure on your own!

While on the tour, you will stay in the heart of Nimes at the charming 4-star, Art Deco-style Hotel Imperator.  Combining charm, comfort and tranquility, the Imperator is a legendary hotel that once hosted Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Ava Gardner and Jean Cocteau.  The hotel features a grandiose lounge, majestic gardens and spacious rooms.  Here and there an image of a torero brightens the rooms and the spirit of an artist pervades the hotel.

Hotel Imperator in Nimes
The Hotel Imperator is situated in the heart of the Roman city in the center of Nimes, a stone's throw away from the ancient Roman temple and arena.  The gourmet restaurant provides food lovers with fine cuisine influenced by the south of France, while the wine bar has many delights to enjoy.

Ready to come with us?  Email us at and we'll send you Burkhalter's full brochure for the trip with information about price, tour inclusions and tentative itinerary!

Au revoir,


Sunday, January 29, 2017

February: The "L'Amour" Market !

"Il n'y a qu'un bonheur dans la vie, c'est d'aimer et d'être aimé." (There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.). -- Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin (aka George Sand).

These words are the perfect expression of love for this time of year. For the month of February, Confectionique is all about L'amour  . . . and all that we love.  Stop by to say bonjour and to find something for your Valentine, or for yourself.  Our February market -- our first Valentine's-themed market in several years --  kicks off with Nuit Blanche on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 5-8pm and continues through Sunday, Feb. 12th! 

Valentine's Day can be about more than our beloved:  we thought it would be fun to celebrate the love of our many desires, the beautiful and inspiring things in and of life, anything and everything that brings us joy.  Well, like Paris, for example!  Do you have questions about how you can join us for our upcoming tour of Paris June 13-21, or our tour of Provence Sept. 4-12?  We'll be happy to answer them!

We will be donating a percentage of our revenue from this market to the French humanitarian organization Doctors without Borders, which received the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its provision of medical care to the most at-risk populations in the world, including refugees.

We can't wait to see you again when we open our doors for Nuit Blanche on Thursday Feb. 9 from 5-8pm.  Stop by to celebrate whatever you love in your life and help us start our eight year of Confectionique. . . we'll celebrate with you!

Won't you join us?

Confectionique's February "L'Amour" market hours:

Thursday, February 9:    5pm-8pm
Friday, February 10:       10am-5pm
Saturday, February 11:   10am-5pm
Sunday, February 12:      Noon-5pm

a bientot,


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2017 Wine Appreciation Classes

Bonjour friends --  the Confectionique académie is finally open for 2017 !

We are excited to announce a wonderful selection of five wine appreciation classes for this year. All the classes will be held at Confectionique and will be taught by sommeliers Dylan and Kelsie.  Dylan is a level one "somm" and Kelsie is working toward her level one.

 Join in the fun and learn more from Dylan and Kelsie about how they train to become a sommelier and how you can learn to enjoy all aspects of wine, including history and types. You will also develop tasting skill and will learn to select the best wine for your enjoyment or event.  Each class is limited to seven invited guests.

The class is free to those 21 and over and will be a closed, invitation-only special event to be held at closing time at Confectionique’s on Sundays from 5-7 pm. Since this is a completely free offering, it would be appreciated if you requested to attend only one of the classes we provide to ensure everyone has at least one chance to participate. If this proves to be popular, we will come up with a larger venue, but for now, we will have all wine appreciation classes at Confectionique. 

Finally, this is a first-come, first-serve class. We will accept private messages through our Facebook page requesting an invitation. We will fill the first 7 spots and will keep a waiting list.  PLEASE, IF YOU ASK FOR AN INVITATION, PLEASE BE SURE TO ATTEND.  It would not be kind to those who wanted to attend, but were told the class was full.   A 72 hour notice of cancellation would allow us to fill the spot with another student. Merci beaucoup!

Here is the first class:

Learning to Love Wine: A step-by-step introductory class on the art and science of tasting and enjoying the complexities of both red and white wines. 6 different wines will be taught, discussed and experienced. This class will be held on Sunday February 12, 5-7 pm.

We are not yet taking names for future classes, but this is what will be offered:

April: White Wine Seminar: Forget the Grigio!  Instead, we'll explore Chablis and more.
June: Discovering the French Rose’ and Sparkling Wines: The options are endless.
August: The Wines of Provence: The love of the Luberon!
October: Dessert Wines: They are more complex than you think!

Join us at Confectionique and let’s toast to experiencing wine together!

a bientot,


Monday, November 28, 2016

Joyeux Noel Market & Sale Dec. 9-10 !

The secret is  out . . . yes it's true . . . we're opening the doors to our biggest holiday market of the year for two additional days in December! Did you miss our recent holiday markets?  We will have a special Joyeux Noel Holiday Market and Sale in case you couldn't visit us in November (or just want to come back for more holiday merriment)!  As a special thank you to our customers, all remaining jewelry will be 50% off, as well as all remaining  vintage French metal and glass kitchenware, enamelware and vintage coffee grinders.  We need to make room for new merchandise in the New Year!

We still have lots of holiday stocking stuffers, gifts and handmade crafts for you and your loved ones, plus beautiful vintage treasures from the flea markets of Paris!  And if you haven't yet picked up your 2017 market card with our new schedule, you'll want to do that -- we're shaking things up a bit for the new year!

We hope to see you and share some holiday cheer with you!

"Joyeux Noel" Holiday Market and Sale:

Friday Dec. 9:           10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday Dec. 10:    10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Joyeux Noel,

Anastasia and Adam

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Nov. 17-20: "The Giving" Market!

This holiday season, we cannot take you to Paris, but we can bring a little Parisian Christmas to you.  Our "The Giving" market on November 17-20 is the last of our 2016 "Les Trois Fêtes" year-end holiday festivals -- and it's focus will be on bringing holiday joy to those you love!   Our last holiday market of the year will feature all that shimmers this holiday season, including tons of  lovely handmade and vintage holiday decorations, crafts and gifts, and -- as always -- lots of new treasures that we just shipped back from our beloved Paris and from Provence!

We'll kick off the market on Thursday, November 17th with our sixth annual Fete de Bon Hiver (Good Winter Fest), again featuring the wonderful live holiday jazz piano of Madison's Steve Banik in the lobby, as well as our traditional complimentary refreshments and holiday cheer.  Remember, our biggest holiday festival of the season is a few weeks earlier than usual this year!

The market continues Friday November 18, Saturday November 19 and Sunday November 20 (see hours below).  

We hope to see you soon -- remember, you can always RSVP here!

This year, we will be donating a percentage of our revenue from this market to Disability Rights Wisconsin, which works to ensure the rights of all citizens with disabilities through individual advocacy and system change.

"The Giving" Market November 17-20:

Thursday, November 17:            5pm-8pm 
Friday, November 18:                  10am-5pm
Saturday, November 19:            10am-5pm
Sunday, November 20:                Noon-5pm

A bientot,