Marcovaldo [libreria-caffe]

I have a problem. I have fallen in love.

Not with a guy, oh heck no. With a café, in fact. After two months of searching, I have finally found my cozy little place under the Parisian sun to sip my coffee and feel at home while doing so. 

As soon as my friend and I read about this café-librairie in the semi-monthly newspaper we usually grab in the metro, A Nous Paris, we decided to head out and find it. What we found, however, was much more than a simple cool new place to hang out. We came across a whole new world in about 60 square meters, not far from Republique; one that reconnected me with my first love- Italia. Seated at one table, a couple having an aperitivo. At another table, a few friends enjoying an evening drink. Behind them a wall full of rectangular bookshelves, wooden boxes with different categories of books to buy in Italian. By the largest table, a group of women sipping tall glasses of red wine, making an effort to communicate with their charismatic Italian professor. That’s another thing you can do here, practice your foreign language skills with a native speaker- “ApeRitals”, they call them. Another great thing about this place are the really affordable prices, so don’t fret if your budget isn’t that high! Coffee and tea range from 2 to 5 euros, fruit drinks and soda from 3,5 to 5, and the food isn’t expensive either for those of you who want to grab a bite!

However, what I found to be the most important part of this experience (and what made it one to wish to repeat) was the extremely cheerful and welcoming service. Finalmente! Other than bringing smiles to our faces all night and making us feel absolutely at home, evidently they know the importance of treating your customer like a friend…So much more than the person who’s filling your pocket. If you like all you’ve just read, or wish to see an example of how to provide amazing service to your customers, drop by at 61 rue Charlot. :) And of course visit www.marcovaldo.fr/ or www.facebook.com/MarcovaldoParis !

Our new friends were also so nice they agreed to answer a few of our questions!

Enjoy!
Marija
Imam problem. Zaljubila sam se!

Ne u dečka, nikako. Zaljubih se u kafić. Potraga je trajala 2 mjeseca, ali sam napokon našla svoju malu buksu gdje mogu popiti kavu ko doma u Parizu !

Čim smo prijateljica i ja naišle na članak o ovom mjestu u polu-mjesečniku « A Nous Paris », odlučile smo se što prije uputiti. Međutim, ono što smo našle je puno više nego običan novi kafić za ugodono popodnevno druženje. Naišle smo na potpuno novi svijet u nekih 60 kvadrata, nedaleko Republique-u. U trenutku se u meni ponovno probudila prva ljubav – Italia. Za jednim stolom, zaljubljeni par uživa u večernjem aperitivu. Za drugim stolom, nekoliko prijatelja pije večernju cugu. Iza njih, zid pun pravokutnih polica, obješene drvene kutije s različitim kategorijama knjiga koje možete kupiti na talijanskom. Za najvećim stolom, skupina žena ispijaju crno vino iz visokih čaša dok se trude komunicirati sa svojim karizmatičnim profesorom talijanskog. To je još jedna stvar koju možete raditi ovdje; vježbati talijanski s izvornim govornikom- sastanci se zovu “ApeRitals”). Druga predobra stvar o ovom mjestu su cijene koje su stvarno pristupačne za Pariz, tako da se ne morate uzrujavati ako vam nije toliko dubok džep. Kava i čaj su u rasponu od 2 do 5 eura, voćni sokovi i gazirana pića od 3,5 do 5, a ni hrana nije skupa za one od vas koji žele zgrabiti zalogaj nečega.

Međutim, najvažniji dio ovog iskustva (i razlog zbog kojeg bih ga ponovila) je iznimna gostoljubivost vlasnika ovog mjesta. Finalmente ! Osim što su nas tijekom cijele večeri nasmijavali i trudili se da se totalno osjećamo ko’ doma, ovi ljudi očito znaju važnost odnosa prema svojim gostima kao da su im prijatelji.. puno više od osobe koja vam puni džep. Ako vam se sviđa sve što ste upravo pročitali ili jednostavno želite vidjeti odličan primjer pružanja nevjerojatne usluge svojim gostima, navratite u 61 Rue Charlot :) I naravno posjetite www.marcovaldo.fr/ ili www.facebook.com/MarcovaldoParis!

Naši novi prijatelji su također bili toliko dragi odgovoriti na nekoliko naših pitanja!

Uživajte !

LS: What’s the story behind Marcovaldo, where did you get the idea?
MARCOVALDO (Irene): Francesco and Francesca were in Paris (3 years ago) and called me to ask me what I think about opening a coffee-bookshop with them in Paris. At first I thought, it was something everybody wants to do! But in the end I came to Paris and thought, why not, it was a great idea. We wanted to create a place where we could feel at home, to propose a place to foreign people here in Paris, to offer a bit of Italian culture here. It took us 1 year to find a place, we wanted to be in this arrondissement. Later, Luca joined our team!
LS: Was it difficult to start up a business in such a bureaucratic country like France?
MARCOVALDO (Irene):
 Yes, we came from Italy where it’s difficult too. But, in France we got much more clear information. It’s difficult, but you just need to be motivated and you can create your project!
LS: What are the things you mostly enjoy about your business?
MARCOVALDO (Irene):
 Speaking to people… When we were creating Marcovaldo, we thought , we need a place where we can enter and talk to people, speak with people… It’s not so easy in Paris because it’s such a big city. When someone enters, I want to have a smile on my face and welcome them. Also, to organize events, like little concerts, book-readings, and we also do “atelier de cuisine”.We have “la mamma Italiana” who comes here and explains her little cooking secrets. Also, we do expositions.
LS:Was anything discouraging you while you were opening the place?
MARCOVALDO (Irene):
 Yes, I thought we wouldn’t be able to live off this work, because I thought it was a great idea, a great concept…but I was thinking, how would other people see it? And we just opened in July this year. In September we saw people started coming so it got better. Today it’s great, I hope it’ll be like this forever!
LS: Plans you have for the future?
MARCOVALDO (Irene):
 I hope it will be a success! Everything for now is going really great, we’re really happy. Right now we are in about 60 square meters, so it’s not a big space, but we’d like to find a bigger place for future concerts and events.

LS:Koja je priča iza Marcovalda, odakle vam ideja?
MARCOVALDO(Irene): Francesco I Francesca su bili u Parizu (prije 3 godine), pa su me nazvali jedan dan i pitali što mislim o tome da otvorimo kafić-čitaonicu u Parizu. Ispočetka sam mislila, pa to je nešto što bi svatko htio napraviti! Ali, na kraju sam došla u Pariz i odlučila, pa zašto ne, ideja je bila dobra. Htjeli smo otvoriti mjesto gdje bi se ljudi osjećali ko’ doma, predložiti ljudima mjesto gdje mogu doći i stranci tu u Parizu i ponuditi malo talijanske kulture. Trebalo nam je godinu dana da nađemo mjesto, htjeli smo biti u ovom kvartu. Kasnije se i Luca pridružio !
LS: Kako je bilo započeti biznis u Francuskoj, zemlji koja ima tolikih komplikacija s birokracijom ?
MARCOVALDO(Irene): Da, došli smo iz Italije gdje je isto dosta komplicirano započeti biznis, ali su nam u Francuskoj barem dali dosta jasne upute. Teško je, trebaš biti stvarno motiviran ako želiš ostvariti projekt !
LS: Koje stvari vam se najviše sviđaju na poslu ?
MARCOVALDO(Irene): Razgovarati s ljudima… Dok smo osmišljavali Marcovaldo, mislili smo, treba nam mjesto gdje se može ući i razgovarati s ljudima, upoznati ljude… Nije lako u velikom gradu kao što je Pariz. Kad netko uđe, želim im se nasmijati i toplo ih primiti. Isto tako organiziramo događaje, uglavnom male koncerte, čitaonice, a također organiziramo “atelier de cuisine”. Imamo “la mamma italiana” koja dođe tu u dijeli svoje kulinarske tajne. Osim toga imamo i male izložbe.
LS: Da li vas je išta obeshrabrivalo kad ste otvarali ovo mjesto ?
MARCOVALDO(Irene): Da, mislila sam da nećemo moći svi živjeti od ovog posla. Mislila sam da je koncept super, ali istovremeno sam se pitala kako će ga drugi doživjeti? Otvoreni smo tek od 7.mjeseca ove godine. U rujnu smo uočili da su ljudi krenuli sve više dolaziti, pa je krenulo sve bolje I bolje. Danas je super, nadam se da će nastaviti ovako!
LS: Planovi za budućnost?
MARCOVALDO(Irene): Nadam se da će biti veliki uspjeh ! Za sad sve ide vrlo dobro, jako smo zadovoljni. Trenutno smo u 60-tak kvadrata, što nije baš veliko mjesto, pa bi htjeli naći veće mjesto za buduće koncerte i događaje.

Perceptive. Detailed. Impatient. Curious. Eager. Believer. Leo. marija@lestandart.com

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