Destination: Québec City
Frederic and Stéphanie Bolduc showcase the treasures that they have picked up at fairs and estate sales in this shop on Rue St.-Paul. Most days one of them will be in the shop to give the provenance of each chair or object.
Boutiques Aux Memoires Antiquités, Inc.
This is one of the more interesting shops on antiques row. Owned by Louis Bolduc, the jam-packed store features exactly what its name suggests antiques that inspire memories. China plates and silver tea service may remind you of an adored aunt or a neighbor’s house. One of the lockets or pins in the jewelry case may resemble one that your mother treasured. As you poke through the cases or examine the furniture, you may notice the tick-tock of the many grandfather clocks that stand sentinel around the shop, marking the minutes that you can spend absorbed by these pieces of the past.
For lovers of modern lighting and furniture from the ‘50s and ‘60s, this is a great find. Owners Patrice Robitaille and Pierre Jolicoeur (pretty heart) have picked up wonderful sun burst mirrors, tangerine-colored sectionals, shag carpets and period lighting and tables. You almost feel as if you have walked on to the set of the Mod Squad.
This antique shop sits where Rue St.-Paul meets the path up into the Upper Town, and is a gold mine for those seeking rustic mountain memorabilia. Furniture is crammed into multiple levels and the owner is often joined by friends who drop in to chat. You’ll find wonderful antique kitchen tables that have such a lovely patina you can almost imagine the family gatherings at meal time. Old snow shoes and antlers hang on walls, and if Ralph Lauren’s stylists have not discovered this source, they should. Indian woven rugs, ladder-back chairs and paint peeling signs from the ‘20s would be wonderful cabin accessories in winter homes or resorts. The owner regularly ships large shipments to the U.S. for decorators from both coasts.
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