Sunday, April 20, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Personal Shopper: Crème de la Crème is magnifique

HeidyKellisonW

By
From page A7 | November 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

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 heidy@cwo.com.=

Heidy Kellison

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 1 comment

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Lori DohertyNovember 19, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    You beautifully expressed the magic of my favorite little store. It's like finding a treasure when one meanders up the path and opens the door of Creme de la Creme to absorb all of its beauty. I can't think of a nicer way to shop for the people on my list than by having my gifts wrapped by Christie and then heading to theTea List or the Mustard Seed for a relaxing lunch. That's my idea of Christmas shopping! It's vital that we support our downtown merchants so they don't end up like the shop around the corner in the movie, You've Got Mail.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Hub of activity: DHS newspaper keeps evolving

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    A springtime ritual

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Ortiz lawn signs available

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Sign up soon for spring cooking classes

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Robb Davis team to rally on Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Tour renovated YCCC facility Thursday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Tour Davis Waldorf School on Wednesday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    The fifth annual Tour de Cluck is soon to be hatched

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Yolo Hospice offers free grief workshops

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Sign up for Camp Kesem caterpillar crawl

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Quilters gear up for annual show

    By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A4

     
    Steadfast in their support

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4, 11 Comments | Gallery

    League hosts a series of candidate forums

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    KDVS launches fund drive on Monday

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A5

    Calling all Scrabble fans

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    Hub webpage is seeing traffic increasing

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A8

    Learn Chinese crafts at I-House

    By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A16

     
    Preschool open house set at Davis Waldorf

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

    Birch Lane celebrates its 50th anniversary

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

     
    Hotel/conference center info meeting set

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

    Lescroart welcomes all to book-launch party

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A16 | Gallery

     
    DEVO set to serve up 14th annual Winkler Dinner

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16, 1 Comment | Gallery

    .

    Forum

    Take ownership of your health

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

     
    Not thrilled with lack of symmetry

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Reliving the agony and ecstasy of spring

    By Marion Franck | From Page: A7

     
    Keep your baby safe

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Rick McKee cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A12

     
    Core values on campus

    By Our View | From Page: A12, 3 Comments

    Road diet? No, city diet!

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12, 5 Comments

     
    We’re reveling in our equality

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12, 1 Comment

    Vote no; it’s fiscally responsible

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12, 3 Comments

     
    Bill is an affront to UC Davis ag biotech and local farmers

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13, 3 Comments

    Don’t want to sit in Fix 50 traffic? Consider alternatives

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13, 1 Comment

     
    .

    Sports

    Stars shine in Woody Wilson Classic

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    Devils burn up the track

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    UCD softball shut out by Santa Barbara

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Aggie men shoot 9-under, lead own tourney

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD roundup: Aggie baseball swept away by Highlanders

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    A’s score 3 in ninth, rally past Astros 4-3

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    Pediatricians, nurse practitioner hired at Woodland Healthcare

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Asian stocks mostly higher after mixed U.S. earnings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

    Yolo Federal Credit Union gets WISH funds

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    PG&E pays taxes, fees to county, cities

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9, 1 Comment

    Will Davis get an Old Soul?

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A9

     
    University Honda wins another President’s Award

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14 | Gallery

    Dutch Bros. raises $19,000 for girl with leukemia

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14 | Gallery

     
    Davis Roots will showcase its graduating startups

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, April 20, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B8