The best thing about our business is, and always will be, the people we work with. We’re a funny little eclectic family who love what we do, get along great, and each bring a different je-ne-sais-quoi to the mix. Not a day goes by that we don’t thank our lucky stars for this darling group of people who support us, engage us, enlighten us, sometimes boss us, and always seem to love us despite our horrible shortcomings as the high maintenance, controlling mother hens that we are!
So here’s such a great example of one such person. Allison (yes, the calm, cool, collected beautiful brunette who is often confused with Meg), comes to us from Louisiana royalty, has more friends than anyone we’ve ever met, and has the best eye for all things fun, fabulous and Frenchy. In the nicest way, she has been gently urging us for months to consider bringing “jarres” from France. In particular, she’s been begging us for Biots (pronounced Bee-ott), the centuries’ old functional olive jars that were manufactured in Biot, France, and were widely sold all from Spain to Italy, when olive trees were sprouting by the thousands in the Mediterranean panhandle.
It took us a while to warm up to the jarres idea, because buying them can be pretty tricky: The authentic antique jarres are expensive, somewhat fragile and hard to come by, since they are a limited quantity. But with Allison’s persistent prodding every time we went on a buying trip, and our own observation that the few “jarres” available were always the first to be sold at all the antiques fairs, we did more than warm up to it: Much to Allison’s delight, we’ve caught the Biot bug and become obsessed! And as is always the case, the most fun part has been the people we work with during our buying trips and the stories we learn behind the business. We’ve discovered that a lot of the dealers love their jarres so much. and are so passionate about them, that they really don’t want to part with them! And of course that just makes us want them more …
So now we’re admittedly hooked and all the more excited that our container of treasures from France, due to arrive early next week, will have several Biot jarres (and a few from Anduze too … but that’s another blog!) that we politely prodded from the proud owners’ hands in France. Allison is beside herself and can’t wait to see what we’ve got. Here’s a little sneak preview of a few we’ve been taunting her with:
So for the first time, our new found obsessions will be looking for new homes: In Atlanta and across the country. There are a half dozen on their way, and just like the best part of our business is the people we work with, these very old jarres are like family members too (we know Sam will have each one of them named by the time they come off the truck!). Gracious old souls who’ve worked hard and seen a lot in the last 250 years. We can’t wait to welcome them to the new country!