Thursday, 19 May 2011

Jeux de Perles

A lot of shops are closing down in Saint-Louis neighbourhood, more's the pity as they are independent shops. One of my favourites, which I showed you here and here, has already closed. Now 'Jeux de Perles', or 'Pearl games' is about to close. Check out Stéphanie's wonderful stuff until June 25. Her lovely blog can be seen here.

Beaucoup de magasins ferment dans le quartier Saint-Louis. L'un de mes préférés, que je vous montrais ici et ici a déjà fermé. Maintenant, cela sera le tour de Jeux de Perles, le 25 juin. D'ici là, si vous avez l'occasion, faites-y un tour ! Le blog de Stéphanie, c'est par ici.

25 comments:

ρομπερτ said...

Same over here. There are many streets with more than a handful of shops already closed.

A moving mean to measure time and life indeed. Please have a good Thursday.

daily athens

Birdman said...

Thanks for that link... and yes, sad all over.

Jack said...

It is not any solace to the shopkeepers to know that it is happening everywhere. I hope that most small independent shopkeepers can hang on until the economic upturn takes hold.

Jacob said...

I agree that it is especially sad when the independents close...they just don't have the financial resources to compete with the larger companies, esp. when the going gets tough.

I can imagine that you and lots of other women will miss these particular shops!

Kay L. Davies said...

What a shame. I was just getting fond of that neighbourhood. It always breaks my heart when small businesses have to close due to financial pressure caused by lower prices in big businesses.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I agree with Jack and hope that these artisans can hold on. I would love this boutique... do I see a Lego necklace?

Bises,
Genie

bfarr said...

So unfortunate that so many small businesses are closing everywhere.

brattcat said...

Ah, this is a universal sorrow, isn't it? You've touched such a tender nerve here. We all wish the best to these independent shop owners who have given so much time and energy, hope and cash to make their businesses work. May they land on their feet, wherever they go next. And very soon may something equally wonderful come into the void they leave.

SRQ said...

Have the shops been there very long? Despite the sluggish economy here, new stores and restaurants continue to open almost every day. Here's hoping that new shops move into Saint Louis soon.

Stephanie said...

I LOVE that Lego necklace. How sad such unique local shops are shutting down =(

Bob Crowe said...

Why are they closing? Bigger, more modern stores elsewhere?

Randy said...

I hate when this happens. It looks like a great shop. I always try to support the independent merchants here.

T. Becque said...

Same here too - seems like everywhere :(

greensborodailyphoto.com said...

Seems to be a worldwide situation. Bigger is not better-- except in ability to have cheaper prices. Thank you for your lovely photos.

Gunn said...

It is the same here. People buy many things via internet.
And the people who rent small shops, very often have to pay a very high rent for a shop they don`t can manage to buy, plus tax VAT etc. takes much too.
Very nice and creative shops! I hope they will manage to go in to sale via the internet, or find a new and smaller place to run their shop from.
Thanks for the link!

akarui said...

Pas toujours facile le commerce...
Une belle serie de photos dans ce magasin de perles.
Dans tes derniers posts, les photos que j'aime plus particulierement: la 2eme du 17 mai et la photo du 18.

Bergson said...

C'est des cerises que je vois dans les coupelles

C'est tout ce que j'ai sauvé d'un arbre de 8 m

Cezar and Léia said...

It's really a pity.It's not easy to keep doing business these days.
*** In Brasil, Marina used to buy some pearls, different colors and sizes and make her own fantasy bijoux, she is very creative!
It was also so funny.
Léia

Thérèse said...

Dommage et tragique quand on pense à tout le travail investi et les dettes qui restent souvent pour un bon moment...

Cergie said...

What a pitty ! J'imagine un départ à la retraite et pas de repreneur car le commerce demande la passion lorsque ce n'est pas vente de montres etc ou franchise.
Il en est de même pour des exploitations agricoles (comme des rosiéristes)...

Magpie said...

That is so sad. It's happening here too. Everything is going to be what we call "the big box" stores. Nothing unique or individual. :(

JM said...

This is truly sad. The same is happening everywhere around here. There's a shopping mall (I hate them all) in my neighbourhood and one of these days I counted 32 shops with closed doors. Even in a shopping mall this is heartbreaking, although I know these have previously ruined many small street shops.

Loree said...

Oh no. That looks like such a wonderful shop.

VP said...

I was planning a window shot, but I postponed it to Monday... I am sorry smaller and independent shop are closing, it happens almost everywhere!

Kaori said...

I'm also sad to see shops like this close...it's so unique and I love them but I guess it's very hard to keep them going.