Thursday, June 28, 2018

In My Own Backyard – Maison Marcellé

In my first post about falling in love with the wonderful things In My Own Backyard, I promised a review of one of the newest shops in town, Maison Marcellé, which bills itself as “French Inspired Shopping for the Très Chic Woman.” 

I had no idea what a treat was in store for me when I popped in one Friday afternoon to check out the Boutique and meet the proprietor. 

 



Walking into Maison Marcellé is like walking into your grandmother’s jewelry box.  Everywhere you look there is something sparkly and wonderful to delight the eye, and getting to know the owner may just be the jewel in the crown. 




Meet Andrea Marcellé Miller, who created and presides over this fantastical establishment and greets everyone with a warm smile and a “Bonjour, Madame, would you care for some champagne or a Mimosa?”  As opening lines go, you can’t beat that one! 




 
As I sipped my champagne and did my best to drink in the details of everything around me (There’s soooo much to see!!), Andrea and I chatted about how Maison Marcellé came to be. 

Born in England to a British Mum and an American father, Andrea came to the US as a child.  British background aside, she has always been a devoted Francophile for as long as she can remember.  All things French fascinate her – the language, the culture and, in particular, Paris and its couture. 

Andrea had a very successful career in the corporate world helping businesses insure themselves against risk.  So, after decades of helping others to avoid risk, at the age of 49 she decided it was time for her to strike out on her own and take a risk – a BIG one.  Maison Marcellé opened seven months ago on Kings Highway in Haddonfield fulfilling Andrea’s lifelong dream of having her own boutique with a French theme.  The only regret she has, which is decidedly unFrench (Non, je ne regrette rien.), is that she didn’t do it sooner.  She chose Haddonfield not only because she has always loved shopping here (Who doesn’t?), but because she determined that Haddonfield, with its old-world charm, was the perfect place for upscale vintage clothes and accessories. 







 

So far, this BIG risk has paid off royally for Andrea.  Speaking of royalty, just entering the charming Marie-Antoinette dressing room makes you feel like a queen. 
 


 

 

 
 
I bought this fabulous red straw bag with the embellished fans.  It gets noticed whenever I carry it.
To my delight, she has succeeded in recreating that plush, slightly quirky ambiance that is so reminiscent of my favorite Paris boutiques.  Once you enter, you’ll never want to leave.

Andrea is single.  As she puts it, “When they gave out the marriage gene I must have been shoe shopping.”  She is also singled-mindedly devoted to creating the ultimate Parisian shopping experience for her clients with a big soupcon of that all-American customer service for which Haddonfield merchants are well known. 

As I said, she is single, but she does have a very special significant other in her life who is also her business partner. 





Meet Bijou Rabbit, a 13-year-old, teacup Pekingese poodle, who makes the occasional “cameo” appearance at the Boutique.  “He accompanies me almost every morning as I head out in search of the region’s most pristine fashions and accessories,” Andrea tells me.  “I attribute our ability to sell high end vintage at such low prices to his smile.  The dealers don’t stand a chance in negotiating while he’s stealing their hearts.”  I’m not the least bit surprised.  With that adorable little face staring up at you, I’d guess dealers are pretty much putty in Monsieur Rabbit’s paws. 

Andrea travels several times a year both nationally and internationally (mostly to Paris) to estate sales and vintage shops.  She also hosts private parties in her Boutique (teas, wedding showers, baby showers, girls’ night out, etc.), which is a great excuse for a private shopping spree, should you need one – an excuse that is, not a shopping spree; everyone needs a shopping spree. 

But, should you decide to stop by with your significant other who is less than enthusiastic about shopping, Andrea has the perfect place for him to perch while you shop ‘til you drop. 





Voilà!!  Le Husband Chair.  Strategically placed to look out onto Kings Highway so he can enjoy the sights or check his messages, it’s the perfect place to park le husband while you enjoy a rummage (what the French call “chiner”) through your grandmother’s jewelry box, champagne flute in hand.  There’s no telling what treasures you will find! 

Maison Marcellé can be found on Facebook and Instagram

Next time, I’ll share some of Andrea’s favorite finds and places in Paris.  Stay tuned for Part 2. 
 


20 comments:

  1. What a treasure chest, makes me yearn to live or at the very least visit Haddonfield.
    You'll have to include her site so I can browse the items for sale.
    I can't wait for part 2!

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    1. Yes, indeed, it is a treasure chest. It's currently only on Facebook and Instagram. No website yet. I'll encourage Andrea to get one up and running.

      Thanks for stopping by, Linda.

      Cheers, M-T

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  2. You captured the what I most treasure about the shop and the owner perfectly! Looking forward to my next visit!

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    1. So glad we are on the same page on this one. I'm sure Andrea is looking forward to your next visit, as well. Make it soon!!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Cheers, M-T

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  3. Oh how I would love to see that shop and experience the ambiance and certainly the treasures she has for us. I am looking forward to part 2 also.

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    1. I wish you could be with me on my next visit, Katie Isabella. Maybe some day?

      Cheers, M-T

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  4. What a fabulous find, Marie-Thérèse Norris! Wish I didn't live so far away. I don't think we such a fine Parisan shop in Manhattan. What fun it would be to spend hours browsing in Maison Marcellé. I adore that golden mirror.

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    1. You're not that far away, Debra. Might be worth a little side trip to our neck of the woods for a lovely browse. I know Andrea would be delighted to have someone from Manhattan pay a visit. I doubt you will leave empty handed. That mirror is gorgeous!

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

      Cheers, M-T

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  5. What a gorgeous shop!!! I have shopping envy just looking at the photos, and I love, love your new bag too......

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    1. I am so delighted I found this shop. Actually, several of my neighbors discovered it first and kept telling me it was just my kind of place. They were so right!!

      The bag really is great. You know from reading my Blog how much I love fans, so this was just the perfect bag for me.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment, Swami.

      Cheers, M-T

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  6. From my friend Renée:

    :Lovely photos! I too love strolling around Haddonfield. I have to say, though, I really miss the antique stores that recently closed.
    Xoxo"

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    1. Haddonfield is truly a lovely place to stroll and I, too, miss some of the great antique stores that have left us. I bought my beautiful Chinese altar table in one of them, which is a piece you and Greg have always admired.

      Cheers, M-T

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  7. From my friend, Paula:

    "Looks lovely M-T! I am coming over for une petite browse!"

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    1. Please do. You won't be disappointed. We can have lunch at Le Café Crêperie across the street. Delicious!

      Bisous, M-T

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  9. Dearest Marie-Thérèse,
    Andrea seems to have found her passion's outlet in this boutique and that's the soul of it.
    Adding all the extra events and the champagne or mimosa surely usher would-be customers into feeling pampered and in the right mood for settling with a piecer or two, three... Adorable fur baby! Yes they can hypnotize customers or anyone for that matter with their eyes.
    Sending you hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Dearest Mariette,

      Don't you just love when someone is passionate about what they do? It's such an inspiration!! That is, indeed, one adorable little fur baby. Have not yet had the pleasure of meeting him.

      As always, thanks for stopping by and taking time from your busy, busy life to leave a comment.

      Gros bisous, ma chère amie,

      M-T

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  10. This looks like a wonderful little place to visit. We have a little shop in our downtown that I'd love to live in. I can see myself feeling the same way about this place. Kudos to her for being brave and living her dream. xo Deborah

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    1. It's never too late to live your dream and, from my perspective, Andrea is still young and has so much of life ahead of her. I wish her many years of success.

      Thanks for stopping by, Deborah.

      xoxo, M-T

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