Personal Shopper: Crème de la Crème is magnifique

By From page A7 | November 17, 2013

Crème de la Crème? Oui! Oui!

Before my first visit to France, a Parisian friend patched a quarrel between my husband and me by describing “faire de leche-vitrines.”

The dispute? Peter wanted to see the sights, eat the food and drink the wine. I, on the other hand, dreamt of intense Paris shopping and only a small dose of distractions.

Agnes assured me, however, my shopping palate would be satisfied by walking from one destination to the other. Boutique windows are so beautiful; the best experiences are along the stroll, hence the phrase “to lick the windows.”

She was right.

The Arc de Triomphe isn’t half bad either.

That week in Paris was among the most magical in my life. Abundance in taste, both the tasteful and the tasty, left me yearning to return — something I’ve done only once since my original visit. Yet with our son’s college years on the horizon, the pain au chocolat and champagne will have to wait.

Every now and then, however, the urge is overwhelming and I find myself dialing the travel agent while checking the balance on my credit card — the latter quick to restore my wits. It’s disappointing, but thanks to the most charming store, Crème de la Crème, I’m easily soothed.

To faire de leche-vitrines at 222 D St., Suite 6B, feels like coming upon a miniature Dickens Village. You know, those enchanting ceramics on display over the holidays. Stepping inside is irresistible.

In approximately 400 square feet, owner Christie Zamora entertains the senses with just the right balance of elegance, softness and fragrance. Everything about this boutique is luxurious. From seasonal décor to sleepwear, accents for the home to jewelry, this downtown gem elevates lifestyle with surprising affordability.

Though inviting all year, Christie really steps it up around the holidays, making it a top destination for exquisite gifts. Whether for the hostess, a loved one, or even my teenaged son (he enjoys her Halloween and Christmas collections), this is, without a doubt, that something special kind of place.

This past week, Christie has been busy readying her shop for her biggest month of all — December — which is why I’m devoting this column to her.

And to you.

Even if you can only afford to browse, this is the time to do it. Being surrounded by her careful selections is like opening an unexpected present. And trust me, she won’t mind — I do it all the time.

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, please join me by expressing your gratitude to the many businesses, like Crème de la Crème, that make living here magnifique. They deserve our thanks, and our patronage.

— Heidy Kellison lives and shops in Davis. Her column publishes monthly. Reach her at [email protected]=

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