West Knox business gives customers French experience

(WBIR - Knoxville) If you've ever wanted to wander down the back lanes of Paris and enjoy the food and fashions but can't afford a trip to The City of Light, a trip to West Knoxville may be the next best thing.

Walking inside The Paris Apartment, located in The Shops at Western Plaza, is like going on a European escape to the French city.

"After taking care of my father in 2010 and him scolding me and saying, 'You still have to do something with your creative side,' I thought, 'Hmm'," said Owner Debbie Oden.

Oden opened The Paris Boutique in June 2011 in Sweetwater, but soon relocated to Knoxville.

The front part of the building is filled with all sorts of unique French items and is even broken into different rooms to make you feel as if you're actually walking through a Paris apartment. There's a kitchen room, an apparel room, a hat room, and many more.

In the back, you'll find a dining room that can seat 125 where guests can sit and have lunch or tea.

"It feels like you are somewhere different and the food is delicious. The food is absolutely delicious. I'm really enjoying it," said Betty Blum of Fountain City.

"Mostly I come for lunch or tea, but i think it's a really neat environment having the store in the front with all of the merchandise and everything's gorgeously decorated and nice paint on the walls. It's just a neat place to come and have lunch with my daughter and wife," said Grant Lewallen of Knoxville.

"They're always just a little different and there's always something I like every time I come," said Barbara Catlett of Halls.

All around The Paris Apartment you'll find lots of comfortable seating. It's not only so the customers to take a load off, but the boutique just launched Tea For The Cure, a program in which volunteers give coupons for a free pot of tea to cancer patients going through chemo and radiation.

"I lost my mother to breast cancer when she was in her mid-40s and I'm a survivor as well. So we have very much a passion for helping those who are going through difficult times," Oden said.


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