This week’s business to be featured in the Leader’s newest community-centric “A Business Minute” is I Love Paris, which is owned by Eleanor Colombo and Jill Haney. Get to know what makes Oakdale businesses special.
Answers submitted by Eleanor Colombo.
Tell me a little bit about your business (what you do, how you got started):
We have a store filled with jewelry, purses, clothing and home interiors with a French flair. After many trips to France my two daughters Jill and Vivian asked me to open a French style store for them to work in, in Oakdale.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Our community and the wonderful people that live here, helping them find just the right outfit and accessories to go with it. Also helping accessorize their home. And just talking with them and enjoying their friendship.
What’s a common misconception about your work?
That everything we sell in our store comes from France. Our products are from all over the world, including the USA.
If money wasn’t an option, which charity would you most enjoy giving to, and why?
Modesto Pregnancy Center at 2801 Coffee Road. They help save the lives of babies everyday and help women and families with their services of counseling and free pregnancy tests.
What are some of your current projects?
Getting our store ready for the wonderful Christmas season and our Christmas open house, which will be the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 27.
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
All of our wonderful customers and their friends. Because of them, we’ve made it through the 10 years we’ve been in business. Also, working together as mother and daughter.
How has your business changed over the years?
We have grown larger than when we first opened 10 years ago so we have much more to offer to our customers.
Who/what business or business owner would you like to see featured in the Oakdale Leader?
Nita (Roberts), That Chocolate Shop.
A final note:
I Love Paris offers bridal registry and wish lists for birthdays and Christmas.
They also offer gift certificates and complimentary gift wrap.
Layaway plans are also available.
Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
*In December, open on Sundays for Christmas
325 E. F Street, Ste. C
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