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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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A lady contacted me recently for dates for the 2020 Sunday Antiques Market in the Cours Mirabeau.  I couldn’t find anything online so dropped into the tourist office for details. (more…)

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It’s a year since the Cours Sextius was so suddenly closed to traffic: the inhabitants of numbers 90-98 were given just half an hour to collect what belongings they could, and leave their homes which were in danger of imminent collapse. (more…)

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Dec 4 is the feast of Sainte-Barbe and the traditional day for planting your blé d’ésperance.

If you are new to the area, this is the mix of seeds sold in little packets everywhere in town for 1€. The custom is to germinate the seeds on damp fabric on the window-sill so that you soon have lovely green shoots. You tie a red satin ribbon around them and place them on your Christmas Eve table as a pretty Provençal centrepiece and to ensure prosperity for the following year. (more…)

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