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Hot town summer in the city, back of your neck getting dirty and gritty?

If so, you might like what Marseille and Aix have done to soften their urban environments this sweltering summer.

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The pandemic has certainly done wonders for online shopping – we certainly benefited from home deliveries – but isn’t it great that real shops are open again, and well done to all the Aix shops who have managed to weather such an unprecedented storm.

One of the prettiest shops in Aix is Rose et Marius, the fragrance-specialist which is just steps from the Place des Precheurs.

Its creator Magali writes: I wanted to share with you great news … ROSE ET MARIUS, Maison of Haute Parfumerie from Aix en Provence has been selected by the French president Emmanuel Macron to represent our Department at Elysée palace the 3&4th of July. Please find below the link of the Rose Wine fragrance candle hand made in France that will represent Provence : https://www.roseetmarius.com/en/bougie-grand-modele/3351-casteu-red-scented-candle-with-rose-wine-3760107480606.html

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Missing Aix?

Here’s a nice poster to delight all true Aixcentrics and remind us of sunny days in town…

It’s by Vincent Maunier, costs 20€ and is available from Chez Novoid Plus ; http://www.novoidplus.com/shop/maison-objets-c-48.html

Alternatively, if you are missing Marseille, the shop ‘Marseille in the Box’ has lots of fun items.  Their container for your oil will bring back memories of visiting La Bonne Mere.


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‘1001 Herbes‘ is a new branch of the chain of stores specialising in products based on CBD (cannabinoide), the non-hallucinegenic part of the cannabis plant.  They offer a full range of different oils targeting various stress or anxiety-related issues as well as holistic healthcare…plus you can book in for a massage from one of their specialists.  At 31 rue des Cordeliers. https://www.1001herbes.com. (more…)

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At last – and it’s official: (more…)

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This confinement, difficult enough any time of the year for small businesses, must feel like the final straw in this, the run-up to Christmas. And an added problem for them is that we turn to online suppliers and fall for the charms of doorstep deliveries, now and for future purchases.

Enough! says the Region Sud who preside over 6 departements, a big swathe of the south of France.  ”On dit ‘stop’ a Amazon.  Pour Noel, achetons nos cadeaux pres de chez vous!”

To help locals do this, last week they launched a new website https://sauvernoel.maregionsud.fr/.

You simply type in your location and category of what you are looking for and details of nearby businesses from their online directory pop up.  Sauvons Noel…

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‘Plantes Pour Tous’ was started in 2017 by two urban-garden specialists who wanted to bring house plants direct from the growers to nature-loving townies.

They organise big weekend sales with plants priced at 2, 5, 10 and 15 euros.  Last time they had one in Aix I saw queues of people waiting to snag a bargain.

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‘Catastrophe’ is the word used by the traders’ association president to describe the ‘Les Docks’ office, shopping and dining development opposite Les Terrasses du Port.  Housed in beautifully renovated warehouses, the ground-floor thoroughfare was designed to take 80 shops and restaurants.  It opened in October 2015 and my view when I visited was basically that there were several new developments happening across Marseille, especially around the docks, and there’s a limit to what would be commercially viable.  And that was before Covid!  Click here for background: https://aixcentric.com/2016/10/11/marseille-latest-docksshopping-news/ (more…)

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News from the Mairie of ‘la Market Place Aixoise’, a digital map of shops open, when, where and what they can provide.

It’s to help us all quickly source supplies – and to provide a platform for shops to advertise their products, offer deliveries and contact-free payments and launch promotions.

New addresses will be added as they re-open for business. A local company has developed the platform which is free for the next few months.

A useful service for both businesses and inhabitants of Aix.

Here are details: http://www.aixenprovence.fr/La-market-place-aixoise-de-proximite

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