Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Oct. 7-10: Our "Paris After Dark" Market!

 Paris is haunted.

No doubt -- there are spirits in the air in France.                                     


Don't believe me?  Then spend some time in the Paris Catacombs. This deep underground cave devoted to the bones of the dead is certain to make you believe in all things ghostly. How about Pere Lachaise cemetery? The cobblestone walkways between the ancient graves sometimes feel that they will cave under your feet. And what about some of the crypts that are no longer completely sealed? I dare you to peek inside one of them on a cold, crisp autumn night.

One of my favorite things to do when I visit Paris with my hubby Adam is to wander the narrow cobblestone streets of the oldest parts of the City of Light late at night and breathe in the history and romance of this ancient place.  Sometimes it's really quite creepy to look up at the dark, imposing shadows of the Concierge, where Marie Antoinette spent her last days imprisoned before meeting her sad fate . . . Even the river Seine has a certain eeriness about it when the wind is blowing and you can only hear the faint sounds of traffic above and the rippling water below.

Confectionique's October "Paris After Dark" market is where the City of Light meets the darkness!  What scares you? At Confectionique, we will do our best to creep you out just a little bit -- but with Paris style, naturally!

**Online SignupGenius reservations needed in October ONLY if attending on Thursday Oct. 7th and can be made at this link here. If attending on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, no reservations needed, but if possible please join the Facebook event here.**

October "Paris After Dark" Market Hours:

Thursday, Oct. 7:            12pm-8pm (online reservations required)
Friday, Oct. 8:                 10am-6pm
Saturday, Oct. 9:             10am-5pm
Sunday, Oct. 10:              Noon-4pm

a bientot,

Anastasia



Monday, August 16, 2021

August 19th & 21st: "Bonne Chance" Market!


Feeling lucky?  You should, because it's your lucky week!  If you missed our annual "Paris Apartment" market last weekend or just want to come back for more chic end-of-summer fun, we're giving you a second chance with our special 2-day good luck market (or "Le Bonne Chance Marché") this Thursday August 19th AND Saturday August 21st from 11am-3pm each day.  (No Friday hours this week.) We're opening our doors once again so you can have a second lucky chance to enjoy our market before we close until our next regular market in Octobert -- and there's no appointment or online reservation needed for this event! (We would appreciate it if you would join the Facebook event here if possible.)


We decided to offer you a second chance at something you admired, loved, or want to reconsider after thinking about it for days! Knowing we won't open again until October, here is your Bonne Chance to stock up on one of your French favorites or purchase a last-minute unique gift.

We can't wait to see you again!



**NO APPOINTMENT OR ONLINE RESEVATION NEEDED FOR THIS EVENT.  NO FRIDAY HOURS THIS WEEK.**


August "Le Bonne Chance Marché" hours:

Thursday Aug. 19:            11am-3pm
Friday Aug. 20:                 CLOSED
Saturday Aug. 21:             11am-3pm

a bientot,

Anastasia

Monday, July 12, 2021

August 12-15: The Paris Apartment Market !

There is nothing that helps me soak in the French experience more than having our own apartment in Paris.  If only for one short week or for a long stay, having a place to "nest" and call home helps me feel as if I really am living life as a Parisian.

Just like Americans, Parisians (and the French in general) have a wide variety of tastes.  But something binds them together.  A love of the worldly, the cosmopolitan.  A flair for the eclectic.  A need for travel.  A passion for practicality and efficiency embodied in style.  And, of course, a love of fashion! 

We want to share our vision of the Paris apartments we have grown to love over the years -- please join us for Confectionique's  "The Paris Apartment" Market August 12-15th!  

When you think of a Paris apartment you may imagine white furnishings, chandeliers and gold mirrors -- it can be these things, certainly, but a Paris apartment can also have a modern or minimalist look.  It is not unusual to find a centuries-old wardrobe next to an Eames chair, for example.  In the end, a Paris apartment is about using the elements of design in a compact space that is aesthetically beautiful, well-designed and functional.

Parisians are experts at making little spaces seem big. They do this with multi-use furniture, getting by only with what they need (most Parisians would consider art and decorative pieces a need ) and bringing this all together in a cohesive and useful manner which showcases one's individuality and -- above all -- remains stylish. After nesting in a smaller space while living in Paris, it does make me wonder if I really need so much stuff at home.

We hope you will join us at our "Paris Apartment" market where you will feel inspired to shop like a Parisian and live like the French!

**Online reservation needed in August ONLY if attending on Thursday August 12th and can be made at this link here. If attending on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, no reservations needed, but if possible please join the Facebook event here.**


"The Paris Apartment" Market Hours:

Thursday, Aug. 12:   Noon-7pm (online reservations required)
Friday, Aug. 13:        10am-6pm
Saturday, Aug. 14:   10am-5pm
Sunday, Aug. 15:      Noon-4pm

A bientot,

Anastasia 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

June 3rd-6th: "Summer in Provence!"

 For our next 4-day market June 3rd-6th, help us welcome the arrival of warmth and "soleil" as we celebrate a vintage French summer!


School is almost out.  Flag Day.  Father's Day.  The 4th of July.  Patio cookouts.  Vacations.  Picnics.  The great outdoors.  Even Bastille Day.

At long last:  Summer!


Join us on Thursday June 3rd from Noon-7pm while we kick off our long-awaited summer with our "Summer in Provence" market.  We love Paris, but we just might love sunny Provence even more!

The market continues Friday June 4th from 10am-6pm, Saturday June 5th from 10am-6pm and concludes on Sunday June 6h from Noon-5pm.


**To attend this market, you MUST use the following link to schedule a day and time to attend.  To sign up, click on following link, check the box next to the time and day you want to attend, then click "Submit and Sign Up" at bottom of the page and fill in your contact info.  LINK FOR SCHEDULING:  https://tinyurl.com/ConfectioniqueJune2021

**To comply with local health regulations, you must wear a face mask in Confectionique until further notice.**

**Please remember to reserve a spot online at this link here.  Also, please remember that we have moved Confectionique to our new store location at 4201 Monona Drive, Monona.** 

"Summer in Provence" Market Hours:


Thurs., June 3:      Noon-7pm
Friday, June 4:      10am-6pm
Saturday, June 5: 10am-4pm
Sunday June 6:      Noon-5pm

A bientot,

Anastasia 

Friday, April 2, 2021

April 8-10: Le Petit Jardin Market!

 "Gardening is a folly whose goal is to provide delight."  -- Deborah Needleman.

At long last Spring is on our doorstep, and we're actually beginning to believe that the warmer weather is finally on the way.  To celebrate Spring's long-awaited arrival, the theme for our April Market is "Le Petit Jardin" -- the little garden, which we will feature from April 8-10!

In addition to gardens and gardeners, the coming of Spring evokes all manner of flora, fauna, and the ground and air coming alive again in so many ways.  Our April market theme weaves all of these together into one tapestry of garden decor and Spring delights -- with a French twist, of course!

And remember -- Mother's Day (May 9th) will be just a few weeks away, and we'll have a boutique full of lovely gifts from Paris.  Let us help you fill your basket with vintage, Parisian and handmade treasures!

Join us on Thursday, April 8th from Noon to 7:00 pm as we kick off the "Le Petit Jardin" market! The market continues through Saturday April 10. (Sorry, no Sunday hours in April.)

**To attend this market, you MUST use the following link to schedule a day and time to attend.  To sign up, click on following link, check the box next to the time and day you want to attend, then click "Submit and Sign Up" at bottom of the page and fill in your contact info.  LINK FOR SCHEDULING:  https://tinyurl.com/ConfectioniqueApril2021

**To comply with local health regulations, you must wear a face mask in Confectionique until further notice.**

**Please remember to reserve a spot online at this link here.  Also, please remember that we have moved Confectionique to our new store location at 4201 Monona Drive, Monona.** 

Our "Le Petit Jardin" Market Hours April 8-10:  

Thursday, April 8:   Noon-7pm
Friday, April 9:         10am-6pm
Saturday, April 10:   10am-5pm
**No Sunday Hours in April**

a bientot,

Anastasia

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Tour de France - Tandem Style!

 We have qualified! 

In our youth in France
Adam and I needed a pandemic goal. Nothing small like moving our shop from Middleton to Monona, but something adventurous and BIG. We considered many ideas: climbing Mount Everest, swimming the English Channel, parasailing over the Atlantic ocean. But since we are highly skilled in cycling, we set our sites on something really big: The new tandem bicycle competition at the 2021 Tour de France! 

Training on Wisconsin roads

We worked vigorously during the year-long pandemic to qualify to compete in the inaugural tandem bicycle event of the Tour de France.  It was a long journey to get to this point, but with a lot of training and contacting the right people, we managed to qualify and will participate in the 108th Tour de France starting June 26, 2021. 

It all started with a Zoom meeting with the UCI (International Cycling Union) president, David Lappartient.  Since he lives in Switzerland, we had to consider not only the time difference for our meeting, but the best place to set up our stationary tandem bicycle in our living room equipped with cameras and timers to demonstrate not only our skill and speed, but our utter determination.

Indoor training facility
Our standard training workweek consisted of 25 to 30 hours of cycling. Though it took a great deal of training, Adam and I have managed -- with the help of a Peloton App -- to learn all 21 stages of the Tour from Brest to Paris. 

We will proudly represent team Confectionique with our pink jerseys. We just wish you could be there to cheer us on!

Monday, February 8, 2021

March 11-14: The Lapin Market!

 Believe it or not, Spring will be on its way in March!  The days will be noticeably longer, it will be warmer out, and the sun will feel just a little bit brighter.  To celebrate the coming of Spring, Confectionique's theme for our March market is  "Le Lapin" -- our annual Spring- and Easter-themed celebration March 11-14!

What's more quintessentially Spring than visions of bunnies, chicks, and lambs?  Our March market theme weaves all of these together into one tapestry of Spring delights -- with a French twist, of course!

Easter is Sunday, April 4h 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.

**To attend this market, you MUST the following link to schedule a day and time to attend.  To sign up, click on following link, check the box next to the time and day you want to attend, then click "Submit and Sign Up" at bottom of the page and fill in your contact info.  LINK FOR SCHEDULING:  

**To comply with local health regulations, you must wear a face mask in Confectionique until further notice.**

**Please remember to reserve a spot online at this link here.  Also, please remember that we have moved Confectionique to our new store location at 4201 Monona Drive, Monona.** 

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

March "Le Lapin" Market Hours:


Thursday,  March 11:             Noon-6pm            
Friday, March 12:                   10am-5pm
Saturday, March 13:              10am-5pm
Sunday, March 14:                  Noon-4pm

a bientot!

Anastasia