Cartier Book Store
Chanel Book Store
Hermes Book Store
Nike Book Store
Renault Book Store
Siemens Book Store
Romanov Book Store (coming soon)
Our old house in the heart of Paris,
the Hôtel de Villeroy, or Hôtel Villeroy & Bourbon
has a lot of history related to Books.
During the times of the Renaissance
Marguerite de Navarre
(1492 - 1549) already knew about our place.
A little later Madeleine de l'Aubespine / Dame de Villeroy (1546 -1596)
organised litterary circles at our house.
Her husband Nicolas IV de Villeroy
(1543 - 1617) was an advisor of Henry IV
(1553 - 1610)
first Bourbon King of France.
Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585) wrote books in our garden.
(1638 - 1715) who lived at our house as a young boy left a lot of magic
attracting more fascinating people.
Nicolas V de Villeroy
(1598 - 1685), his tutor invited a lot of people like
(1601 - 1666), Cardinal Mazarin (1602 - 1661),
Nicolas Fouquet (1615 - 1680), Amalia Solms (1602 - 1675)
The next owners of the house were Louis Pajot et Louis Rouillet,
they created a technology company called "La Poste"
Horses were carrying mail to Francfort and Venice.
Their common grandson Louis Leon Pajot had a "cabinet de curisités"
which fascinated Peter Romanov / Pierre le Grand (1672 - 1725)
(1826 - 1920) was fascinated by our place and transmitted the stories
to a little girl, Alix Hessen
(1872 - 1918). The girl later took the stories to Russia.
Her children and nephews of Alix loved the stories
and always wanted to come see the fairytale place in Paris,
among them Dmitri Romanov
(1891 - 1943), Philipp Solms
(1895 - 1918),
(1901 - 1918), Carl Solms
(1904 - 1918) and little Friederike Solms
(1995 - 1993).
Most of the children were killed in 1918,
but some survived and continued to transmit the VB legends
which later resulted in the reopening of the Cremeries
closed after the 1970 departure of the Halles Centrales foodmarket.
Many iconic Pioneers came by,
(1801 - 1878), Louis Francois Cartier (1819 - 1904),
Werner von Siemens (1818 - 1892),
Alexander Graham Bell (1847 - 1922), Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931),
Gustave Eiffel (1832 - 1923),
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Louis II of Bavaria
(1845 - 1886)
and more than anybody else
(1883 - 1971)
In the late 1990s Cremerie de Paris was the first Internet Cafe in Paris
attracting brand pioneers from a completely new background.
... the United States
Visitors of Paris desperately looking for an web connection in the French capital
where Internet was still unknown ...
Most were very young,
some coming with backpacks
most of the times we did not realise who they were
or who they were going to become.
Maybe they did not know it themselves ...
Today the Brands they have created in the last two decades
return to our Cremerie de Paris
to organise Pop Up Stores. One of them is Amazon
Other visitors were a little older
One was the assistant of a certain Dr Jon Postel,
which helped in getting our
ultra short Two Letter Internet domain VB.com
one was on the first flight to the Moon,
but the most fascinating one was a secret agent from Brazil
that had walked through the entire century.
She connected us to the past of our historic building
having been there with Coco Chanel, Joseph Kenney Jr
and many other people
long before we were born ...
Enough reasons to set up a VB.com Book Store
so that our Expos
get more attached to their cultural background.