2016 Golden Greta Awards

2016 Golden Greta Awards

Dear readers, it’s time for the much-anticipated 2016 Golden Greta Awards. This year, our show is live from the Braselton Waffle House and Dinner Theater. Seriously, where else can you seat this many people, get free parking, and enjoy those crispy waffles? As many of...
Up, Up, and Away!

Up, Up, and Away!

Atlanta is the hometown of Delta Airlines and the Delta Flight Museum at the world’s busiest airport. A week ago, I took an afternoon field trip to the museum to see the planes, exhibits, and learn the history of Delta. If you love aviation history like I do...
Cote d’Azur Charms

Cote d’Azur Charms

The first week of September 2015 found us in the Cote d’Azur region of France. This is the southeast region of the country hugging the azure Mediterranean and then heading inland to mountains and valleys. This is the France of olive orchards, lavender fields, famous...
How Swede It Is

How Swede It Is

In early January we visited Stockholm for Formex, the Scandinavian Home Interiors and Gifts Show. Plus, we scouted the city for new products to share with you. Even in the middle of January (each day had about 6 hours of light) we loved the city and its residents....
2015 Golden Greta Awards

2015 Golden Greta Awards

It’s that time of year again. No, we’re not talking about the Iowa caucuses, we’re speaking of the fabulous Golden Greta Awards. As our returning guests know this is the year’s most-anticipated award show. For 2015, we’re hosting the show from our new sparkly venue,...
Braselton, GA, USA

Braselton, GA, USA

    Thursday marked two weeks since our move to the greater Atlanta metro area. We now call Braselton home. Our house and office are located in an area about 5 miles southwest of Braselton, so we’re not in town, but it’s the nearest place with a...
New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Writing this blog entry this morning finds me surrounded by stacks of papers and boxes. I’ve taken many mementos off the wall in my office. And, my credenza is cleaner than it has been in several years. A move has brought about all this change. In three weeks,...
Swiss Cheese Days

Swiss Cheese Days

  A late September Saturday found us in charming Monroe, Wisconsin celebrating the 100th anniversary of Green County Cheese Days. Yes, you guessed it, this is a festival centered around all things cheesy. Afterall, Wisconsin is America’s Dairyland. Plus, since...
A Swiss Shopping Trip

A Swiss Shopping Trip

When we first started planning EuropeanMarket in 2009, one of our first decisions was where to take our initial scouting and buying trip. If you’ve ever been involved with launching a business you know there is a lot happening at once (usually multiple things at...
Beach Appeal

Beach Appeal

Summer is in full-bloom and we’re celebrating with the recent arrival of the latest shipments of warm-weather ready bags and totes from Europe.  Here at the office, Sue and Therese are excited to share these fun and colorful accessories. The perfect companions...
London Loves

London Loves

  We visited London the first week of February for meetings, product scouting, and a day trip to Birmingham. The 8 hours in Birmingham (via Virgin Trains) was for the UK Homewares and Gifts Show. Lots of new products to see and folks to talk to. At the end off...
2013 Golden Greta Awards

2013 Golden Greta Awards

Welcome to the 2013 Golden Greta Awards! This is our fourth ceremony, an event filled with glamour, excitement, and bacon-wrapped corn dogs. As many of you, our loyal GG fans know, a GG is not given without great thought and care. This is serious business. Now, a few...

All That Glitters

Sue and I grew up in families where holiday decorating (and decorations) played a starring role every December. Both of us cherish and remember the stories associated with certain ornaments passed down from our grandmothers, mothers, and family friends. When we...
Italian Cheer

Italian Cheer

While in Italy two weeks ago, I discovered the pleasures of Aperol and soda several times before dinner. Now, I wasn’t familiar with Aperol. I had savored a few Campari and sodas over the years, but not Aperol. Think of it as Campari’s less popular, but just as pretty...
Let’s Get Saucey

Let’s Get Saucey

Summer’s curtain call is fast approaching and that means back to school and the tomato harvest. Since I haven’t had to return to the classroom in a few years (cough, cough), let’s talk tomato. Now, I’m not one to ever complain about a tomato...
Say Bonjour to Famille Summerbelle

Say Bonjour to Famille Summerbelle

Names: Julie Marabelle and Simon Summerscales What: Famille Summerbelle Call Home: Paris, France and London, England About Famille Summerbelle: Family-run business, Famille Summerbelle, was launched by Simon and Julie five years ago. While looking for fun,...
Italian Favorites

Italian Favorites

Last week, a friend in town asked for our advice on planning a trip to Italy. The travelers had limited time, so were sticking to the grande destinations—Rome, Florence, and Lake Como. Just as I was finishing up my email to my friend with my Italian must-sees in those...
On the Rocks

On the Rocks

                      Warm summer temps mean it’s the perfect time for refreshing summer cocktails. When the end of day rolls around we enjoy these two classics (with a twist). They’re also fun when...
The Bold and the Beautiful

The Bold and the Beautiful

While in Paris for Maison et Objet, we noticed bold pops of color everywhere—at the show and stores around the city. Bright, saturated, splashes were the trend of the day. Think jungle green, sunflower yellow, peacock blue, zesty orange, watermelon pink, and cherry...

Soup’s On

During these last cold, damp days of winter, I like to make a bubbling pot of homemade soup over the weekend. One of my favorites, is the Italian soup ribollita. This is the easy-to-prepare Tuscan vegetable soup finished with bread cubes and grated cheese. Perfect for...
Our Best Friend in Paris

Our Best Friend in Paris

Do you dream of jetting away to Paris and enjoying all the sights, sounds, and flavors of the City of Light? But, you are holding back because you don’t speak French, don’t know which hotel to select, and how to get around the city. Well, my fellow...
The 2012 Golden Greta Awards

The 2012 Golden Greta Awards

Welcome to the Third-Annual EuropeanMarket Golden Greta Awards. This promises to be a ceremony of glitter, glitz, and Greta. For 2012, we have many people and places worthy of a Golden Greta, but as you know, only a select few are lucky enough to go home with the GG...
You’re Invited

You’re Invited

It’s the time of year for holiday parties and that means family and friends stopping by the house. When you’re hosting a get-together (either cocktails or a dinner for 15), nothing is simpler than putting together a few nibbles to stave off hunger pangs....
Time for Holiday Magic

Time for Holiday Magic

One of our favorite times to visit Europe is in late November and December. The crowds are gone, the prices are a tad lower, and we can tour the magical outdoor Christmas markets. There’s nothing like being outside, enjoying the snow (rain…not so much) and...
A Taste of Finland

A Taste of Finland

  When we headed to Finland, I had no idea what to expect for food. I did know there would be a lot seafood on the menu. Being someone that doesn’t like fish (except when it’s covered in tartar sauce), I was a tad worried about what I was going to be...
The 2011 Golden Greta Awards

The 2011 Golden Greta Awards

As 2011 comes to an end, it’s time to announce the winners of our much anticipated (yet never duplicated), EuropeanMarket Golden Greta Awards. This year, the award committee had difficulties compiling a list of the best (and the worst) of our travel experiences. But,...
Handcrafted

Handcrafted

While visiting several of our talented vendors in Germany and Switzerland this month, we thought it would be fun if I took a turn at being involved in the work they do at their studios and companies. A big part of what EuropeanMarket is all about is sharing with you...

Hitchin’ A Ride

Earlier this week, I had a message from a Trip Advisor member asking for advice on the best way to travel from the airport in Paris (Charles de Gaulle) to the center of the city. My first answer was a taxi (based on the amount of luggage the Ellibees usually drag...

Pack It Up

OK, I’m sure you’ve seen the travel/lifestyle/fashion/men’s/women’s (pick one) magazine article about how to pack a suitcase for a three-month trip with ease, style, and flair. The author usually suggests only taking one pair of shoes, one pair...
A Cup of Vienna

A Cup of Vienna

While in Starbucks this afternoon, I noticed a display for the new book by Howard Schultz, the company CEO. It’s the story of how Starbucks grew from a Seattle coffeehouse to a worldwide beverage experience powerhouse and brand. It made me think about Vienna and its...
Cleared for Take Off

Cleared for Take Off

On our recent trip to Paris, one of my favorite discoveries was the Air France archives. Tucked into a basement corner of the airline’s air terminal and ticket office in central Paris. Wow! As a life long plane nut and collector of antique airline memorabilia, the...

From Paris with Style

We just returned from Paris after attending the 2011 Maison & Objet home design show. Wow! Eight buildings of the best of European furniture, homewares, and accessories. We visited with several of our current vendor partners and met with potential new suppliers....
Our Best of 2010 Awards

Our Best of 2010 Awards

As 2010 comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the people, events, and places that have made it memorable. Like the Oscars, Tonys, and the Emmys, we would like to take this opportunity to bestow a special EuropeanMarket award on the best of the best,...
Oh, Christmas Tree

Oh, Christmas Tree

Last Saturday, we made our yearly journey to the Christmas tree farm. Yes, it was time again to search high and low for the perfect tree. This year, our trip was even more special due to the cold drizzle and occasional rain. Our Christmas tree hunt is a ritual...