The Paris Market is located in the heart of historic Savannah, Georgia. Established in 2001 by Paula and Taras Danyluk, and inspired by The Marche aux Puces, they have created an emporium, over 5,000 SF on two floors, emulating the experience of the world’s best markets. A design concept experience, rather than just a store; an impermanent and ever changing museum installation, that, if you wish, you can take home. Paris is their muse, but the partners are influenced by all of their travels, whether it be Buenos Aires, St. Petersburg, Melbourne or Tokyo. Paula and Taras believe design and craftsmanship should be reflected in everyday life. Their signature collection focuses on rudimentary hand made elegance, beauty with function, reimagined with a unique low country flavor. Finally, as an ode to the café society, The Paris Market Café is the perfect après-shopping rendezvous for a classic latte and a macaron, or a glass of champagne. Paula and Taras invite you to enjoy the spectacle.
Is there a story behind the name of your shop? I always loved the classic yet eccentric Marche aux Puces (The Paris Flea Market). In fact, our first name was The Paris Flea Market, but people kept calling us wanting to sell their puppies – we are, after all, in the Deep South.
What are you famous for best sellers? Paris Market branded gifts and accessories.
Where are products sourced & made? Unique finds and brands from our world travels. Our signature products all made in the low country by local artisans.
What makes your shop unique? Ever changing installations.
Who are your customers? Experience seekers. Francophiles.
How has the Internet impacted your business? If you watch a vimeo of Paris, were you ever really there? We have, however, succumbed to the Internet for the sale of some of our private label goods.
Paula and Taras Danyluk, the shopkeepers at The Paris Market
Who inspires you? The genuine artisan.
What inspires you? The thrill of the hunt, I’m really just a treasure hunter. Probably would have been a pirate.
Before I was a shopkeeper, I….was a speech pathologist, focusing on professional voice.
The hardest lesson learned in starting a business? That it never ends. There is no plateau.
What task do you like to delegate? Anything that involves paperwork.
The best lesson you have learned opening a shop? Never give up, or in, for that matter, never settle.
Your advice for anyone wanting to open a shop? Don’t do it unless it is your all-consuming passion, because it is all consuming.
Which famous person would you like to visit your shop? Ludicrously rich aristocrat, who then tells me I am kin.
If you weren’t a shopkeeper you would be..? A pirate, or an artist.
What is your perfect day off? Making something with my hands.
Favorite neighborhood coffee shop. Paris Market Café, silly.
I wish I could…travel more.
On the Future of Retail
“With the instantly accessible, yet soul-less nature of the Internet, I feel experiential based shopping will be ever more popular. People will still need and seek out the stimulating, but also yearn for a true and authentic social conversation.”
36 West Broughton St., Savannah, Georgia