Maison en Provence in Mission Hills for 25 Years

| January 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

This past month I received an email from Marielle Giai, one of the proprietors of Maison en Provence, located at 820 Fort Stockton Drive in Mission Hills.  Marielle was sharing with me that 2021 marks the 25th year that she and her husband, Pascal, arrived in Mission Hills.  And, though I have known them since their arrival to the neighborhood, I wasn’t sure what brought them to San Diego 25 years ago. 

I learned that Marielle was a model and Pascal was a fashion photographer who had tired of the fast paced lifestyle.  They lived in Southern France and traveled to San Diego on vacation. They said they fell in love with the weather, beaches and culture and personality of San Diego.  It was while they were visiting San Diego that they decided to make Southern California their home. 

Marielle and Pascal travel to France frequently to visit family and make purchases for their Mission Hills store, which they share via their blog. They are proud to state that they have clientele who have been shopping at Maison en Provence since they opened their doors.  And, via word of mouth, marketing and social media efforts they are continuing to grow their clientele, who value high quality French-made products and very unique items. 

Over the years, I have enjoyed their table linens and home décor products, as well as gift items for people of all ages, interests, and those with discriminating tastes.  On the subject of tastes, Marielle is also great at educating her clientele on French meals, desserts and treats, and she offers the ingredients, recipes and cookbooks to further the desire for great food. Maison en Provence is the “go to” place for French items and interests, including music, perfume, body lotions, artwork, scarves, clothing, dishware, jewelry, cards, and the list goes on.

If you haven’t been to Maison en Provence, you’re missing something very special.  And, for those of us who appreciate all that the store has to offer, let’s continue to shop and benefit from all that Marielle and Pascal have done to bring more color, personality and character to Mission Hills.  Happy 25th Anniversary!

Marielle and Pascal Giai enjoying lunch on their porch at Maison en Provence.

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