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Green Hills French market, Little Gourmand

A new Green Hills market aims to help you eat like the French.

Written By:  Nashville Lifestyles

Photographers:  Ron Manville

Set amongst a courtyard of local shops, Little Gourmand is an authentic French market complete with caviar, cookies, and croissants. It’s so authentic, in fact, that you may forget you’re in Green Hills.

Owner Guenievre Milliner opened the doors to Little Gourmand last fall, only a month after she and her family moved to Nashville from Montreal. She wanted to own her own company but knew she couldn’t do it in Canada. “When we were thinking about a city where we could do this, Nashville popped up in our minds very quickly,” says Milliner. She and her husband have been fans of Nashville since their first visit in 2005. After doing more research, Milliner saw the city’s growth as the perfect opportunity.

The market carries more than 300 different items, from teas to vinegars to jams, all imported to the U.S.

“I want everything to be unique,” says Milliner. “I want people to find things they won’t be able to find anywhere else.”

Milliner points out that the store isn’t just for people who like to cook. “My favorite thing is when someone comes in and doesn’t know what they want and says, ‘Prepare me a basket,’” she says. “That’s something important for me—that people are confident and trust me.”

The self-proclaimed foodie loves spending time in the kitchen and whipping up recipes for her family as well as her customers—she even rents a professional kitchen on occasion and makes French pastries to order. Soon, Milliner plans on adding outdoor seating, more tastings, and maybe even some cooking classes. “I have lots of things I’d like to do,” she says. “We’re going step by step.”

2209 Bandywood Dr., Ste. D, 615-522-7134; littlegourmand.us

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