New French Quarter market opens with Winter Bazaar

CONNECTION PHOTO: KELSEY O'HALLORAN - Jessica Lee of Reverie Boutique rings up a purchase at her new shop in the French Quarter.MULTNOMAH VILLAGE — Yves Le Meitour saw potential in the former auto mechanic shop he purchased nearly two years ago. On Feb. 7, that vision came to life.

The building, located at 3530 S.W. Multnomah Blvd., transformed into an idyllic French street as visitors wandered past the colorful storefronts lined with scalloped trim, white shutters and ivy-filled window baskets.

The Multnomah Village French Quarter, which held its opening Winter Bazaar event during the first weekend in February, offers a long-term storefront to several local vendors and a gathering place to the community — just like the French streets of Le Meitour’s childhood.

“It’s a street, even though it’s indoors,” Le Meitour said. “It’s a place for people to linger and hang out.”CONNECTION PHOTO: KELSEY O'HALLORAN - Yves Le Meitour (from left), his daughter Sara Le Meitour and her husband Jean-Philippe Gourdine worked together to pull off the Winter Bazaar.

At the Winter Bazaar, the building was packed with locally made jewelry and accessories, greeting cards, caramels, paintings and other handmade goods. Outside, food carts filled the air with the scents of international cuisine, and a guitarist and trumpeter played mellow tunes as people made their way in and out of the French Quarter.

The bazaar will continue Feb. 14-15, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Le Meitour, 70, also sells art, antiques and furniture from his Le Meitour Gallery on Capitol Highway in Multnomah Village. He grew up in Quimper, France, and settled in the U.S. when he was in his mid-20s.

“When you leave your country, you remember things from your childhood,” he said. For Le Meitour, those memories were filled with warm interactions in the village square, surrounded by cobblestone streets and historic buildings. He said he wanted to recreate a space where people could bring their small children and pets to shop and socialize, without feeling pressured to make a purchase.CONNECTION PHOTO: KELSEY O'HALLORAN - Liann Crane makes her way past French-themed storefronts at the indoor French Quarter street.

Le Meitour leased the building to Lounge Lizard, a vintage furniture and lighting store, until August. After that, he and his family began renovating the interior to imitate a French street.

His daughter, Sara Le Meitour, manages the building and organized the Winter Bazaar, which featured 21 vendors and welcomed the community to the new space.

“We wanted to do something to let people know this isn’t the Lounge Lizard,” Sara Le Meitour said. “We really want to make it a space for the community.” She said the French Quarter will likely host other large events around holidays or First Fridays in the future.

The French Quarter’s long-term vendors — Flying Fish Co., Noy Viet Lao, Silva Café, Harmony Trade, My Favorite Soap and Reverie Boutique — are open throughout the week. A Parsons Farm produce cart will return to the building’s outdoor lot in March. CONNECTION PHOTO: KELSEY O'HALLORAN - The Multnomah Village French Quarter on Multnomah Boulevard is a food and retail space in a former auto mechanic garage.

While the building may look French, Yves Le Meitour said it also has international character; the bazaar’s vendors hailed from as far as Laos and Turkey.

“Here, it’s an international community,” he said. “We even allow Americans!”

Liann Crane, who lives near the Village, visited the bazaar Feb. 7 with her husband. She came home with a set of small painted dishes from Harmony Trade.

“Many of the stalls have really fun things in them,” she said. “This is really nice.”

Matthew Rohrbaugh of Reverie Boutique said he thought the French Quarter would be an “awesome” opportunity for vendors as well as the growing community of young families who live in and around Multnomah Village.

“I think it’s an exciting new central focus point for Multnomah Village,” he said. “There are places to hang out, but there aren’t really any places to come and gather.”

Contact Kelsey O’Halloran at 503-636-1281 ext. 101 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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