Within the past year or so, I've become a fan of Petit Bateau. They make lovely children's clothes and the section for adults is not bad either. Every time I go to the store though, my attention is inevitably caught by a sign hanging a few doors down. When my curiosity became too much, I peeked. Unfortunately it was closed with a sign saying "Fermeture Exceptionnel" (Exceptionally closed). At that time, I didn't think much of it. I just shrugged it off as the typical eccentric shopkeeper keeping odd hours. French ones are known to do that.
But as time passed, I noticed that the store was always closed. But how could that be? It got to the point where every time I went to Petit Bateau, I would automatically walk down the few steps to see if La Licorne was finally open. Finally I couldn't bear it anymore, I started to do a little digging about this mysterious store. And what do you know? It is a store after my own heart. It turns out that the owner has been selling jewelry manufactured by their family owned company from this store for the past 38 years. Others who have had the pleasure of browsing inside the store describe it as filled to the brim with all kinds of jewelry from jet necklaces to vintage Swarovski earrings. You can just imagine my frustration when I read that!
Now I am really consumed with curiosity and I wonder, when oh when, will they ever reopen their doors? Just the other day, I passed by again, and I felt sad at all the beautiful pieces locked behind this door, gathering dust and never seeing the light of day.