Burger King, legendary bistro, up-and-coming florist… Things are happening in the shops of Finistère

“I hope this adventure will be for many generations! » Joëlle Lalbin is the mistress of the distillery area that was recently created on the island of Ouessant. While the first beers were about to be sold, he began to dream: what if this launch was the start of a great collective story?

Every month, more businesses are established in the department. Many of them disappear, sometimes soon: on average, one in four companies does not pass the three-year period. This is unfortunately characterized by the mass closure of organic or many shops, in Quimper as elsewhere in France.

But it also happens that the fate of these new places outstrips their creators. By continuing from decade to decade, they go beyond the only economic field to become a real part of the local heritage. During summer vacation, Western France went to meet these institutions in Finistère, from a philately shop in Brest to a legendary bistro in Pays bigouden.

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This philately shop has crossed generations

Stamps, coins, but also champagne capsules… For more than 70 years, the Brest Philatélie shop has delighted collectors on the rue de Lyon. A unique place that preserves the charm of another era. On the occasion of a summer series, Western France paints a picture of Brest’s emblematic businesses.

search here the first episode of Brest Philately

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At Models Reduced, the Brest shop that invites you to dream big

“There is always a hat that suits us”: this millinery has been dressing the people of Brest for a century

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Bar restaurant “Le Doris”, “Chez Emma” at the port of Kerity in Penmarc’h. | VINCENT MOUCHEL

This summer, Western France also toured the bistros of Brittany. Stop in Kérity-Penmarc’h, in the Pays Bigouden, where the bar “Chez Emma” welcomes its customers seven days a week, 365 days a year. The owner, Emma Le Gall, who is almost 90 years old, is a strong personality who always ensures the smooth running of her business.

Read our article: “Chez Emma”, in Kérity-Penmarc’h, a legendary bar in the Pays Bigouden

Jeff Luna presents the voice of Douarnenez

Jeff Luna with 12-string Giannini. Same with Jimmy Page in Stairway to Heaven. | WEST FRANCE

Aimed at both curious and experienced musicians, Jeff Luna’s musical instrument store has just opened on rue Jean-Jaurès, in Douarnenez. This native Texan brings with him not only an original choice for musicians, but a place to live, share and above all listen.

Read our article: With his new music store, Jeff Luna turns on the sound of Douarnenez

Organic and bulk: closures follow each other in Quimper

Many grocery stores have suffered an explosion in recent months. | WEST-FRANCE ARCHIVES

While some pillars of organic and bulk trade are still well established in Quimper, other young brands have unfortunately not been able to establish themselves in the long term. Thus five stores brought down the curtain in six months. “The organic sector has been going through a very difficult time for a few months, but it remains the future, we are convinced of it”, estimate of the Biomonde team, which recently closed the ruta de Bénodet after only a year and a half of existence.

Read our article: In Quimper, closures of bulk and organic stores are linked but the sector “remains in the future”

A distillery is located in Ouessant

Clément Nageotte, manager of Ouessant Distillery, and Joëlle Lalbin, production manager. | WEST FRANCE

For the first time, beer, pastis and whiskey are about to be produced from Ouessant. The culmination of a seven-year project that faced many constraints related to insularity. “Every time we open one door, there are three behind it! » said the CEO. By persevering, the adventure has come true: something new has arrived at the site and the first beers will be sold in the coming days.

Read our article: On the island of Ouessant, they launched a distillery to produce whiskey, beer and pastis

A florist among the Best Apprentices in France

Amélie Autret is under the kind eye of her internship supervisor Soizic Duigou. The young woman recently won the silver medal in the regional competition for the best apprentices in France. | WEST FRANCE

Amélie Autret apprenticed with the florist Soizic Duigou, in Châteauneuf-du-Faou. He recently participated in the competition for the Best Apprentice in France. Thanks to his enthusiasm and his knowledge, he got the silver medal.

Read our article: Châteauneuf-du-Faou. A young florist has been awarded the Best Apprentice in France competition

Plus size jewelry that fits all body types

Blandine Hounyo is the founder of Grandiose online jewelry store. | WEST FRANCE

The idea was born in 2017. At that time, Blandine Hounyo was working in jewelry in Brest. During a discussion with one of his clients, they came to the same conclusion: finding a piece of jewelry in their size is an impossible mission. “I realized I couldn’t wear the jewelry I was selling,” he said. For the past two years, she has been making plus size jewelry with her company, Grandiose.

Read our article: Grandiose sells great jewelry

Burger King has arrived in Landerneau

At 11:30 a.m., the day Burger King opened in Landerneau, the first customers took orders. | WEST FRANCE

Each time, the arrival of the fast-food giant is a small local event. It is not lacking in Landerneau, where a Burger King restaurant opened its doors on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. At noon, the first customers were happy. “I came at 8 am this morning. I want to order a burger first thing in the morning! » said one of them.

Read our article: Burger King in Landerneau. Feedback from early customers

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