James McKinnon wrote a great little piece about us in Examiner.com

In the heart of Old Town Tustin you will find a quaint shopping and dining district. While the area still has some maturing to do before it becomes comparable to Orange Circle, you will find a gem at 150 E. Main Street. At this location you will discover a wonderful boutique, I Dream of France! This charming store provides customers with unique French gifts and items that will transport anyone to the French countryside and Paris.

I Dream of France - Tustin, CA

A few years ago, Jean-Michel Carlouet and his wife Brett opened up this store in order to cater to individuals wishing to buy authentic French products. Monsieur Carlouet comments that his store has a focus on products from Provence, a region in the Southeast of France, due to the similarities in climate between that area and southern California. Some of the store’s most popular items include authentic Provençal table cloths made of cotton but feature a plastic covering that greatly facilitate cleanup. Monsieur Carlouet remarks that this item proves especially popular in France. His shop also offers soaps made in Marseilles and Provence that come in a variety of fragrances such as lavender and orange. Marseilles soap is of exceptional quality and many French people prefer it to other kinds of soap. This store also has an inventory of dinnerware, cutlery, and other fine goods which will interest all who visit there.

When you visit this boutique, you will find that I Dream of France has something that will appeal to anyone trying to bring home a bit of France with them. During your visit to Orange County, you should make a trip to this marvelous boutique in Old Town Tustin. You will feel as though you have taken a journey to France. Nowhere else outside of France will you find such an array of French products and in such a beautiful setting. Be sure to wish Jean-Michel Carlouet a friendly “Bonjour” as you enter the store, it’s French courtesy

Thanks James!

We are moving soon! Our new place is less than a block away from our current location, yet a really big step up for us.

Located on Main St (literally), it is much easier to find and bigger too. It has its own parking lot in the back and free street parking in front. One of the big improvements is the two giant display windows facing the street. The inside is beautiful: brick walls, open ceilings, and old concrete floors original to the building, circa 1926. It is an absolutely perfect setting to display our products!

Here are a few pictures of the empty space; we will post more as we start moving in.

We will open there on October 1st, just in time for the Tustin Tiller Days Parade, exciting!

– Jean-Michel

This is very exciting: we received a letter from Google yesterday saying that I Dream of France was chosen to be one of Google’s Favorite Places! They sent us a window decal with a QR bar code that can be scanned with a smartphone camera.  If you have a smartphone, stop by and try it.  Scanning the code pulls up a mobile version of  our Place Page. (You’ll need to download an app for your phone that reads QR bar codes. We tested it using Barcode Scanner v. 3.31 on a Motorola Droid.)

Google chose us based on the number of times people found our business listing and clicked on it for more information. Fewer than 250,000 businesses across the United States were chosen as a Favorite Place and sent a QR bar code. Merci beaucoup to everyone who has looked us up!

Google Favorite Place - I Dream of France - QR Bar Code in Lower Right Corner

Google Favorite Place - I Dream of France - QR Bar Code in Lower Right Corner