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Gourmet wine and cheese shop to open in Glen Ellyn

Marcel's Culinary Experience owner expanding offerings with new venture Marché

GLEN ELLYN – Wine and cheese lovers will soon be able to come together at a shop opening in downtown Glen Ellyn.

Jill Foucré, owner of Marcel's Culinary Experience cooking school and retailer, is starting a sister shop called Marché this fall at 496 N. Main St.

Marché will sell cheese, charcuterie and other specialty foods, as well as wine, craft beer and small batch liquor, according to Village Board documents.

It will also offer classes both publicly and for private events.

The board discussed what type of liquor license the business needs at a workshop meeting July 20, according to Economic Development Coordinator Meredith Hannah.

Village staff, along with Foucrè, have outlined a Class P liquor license for the board to consider that would allow the shop to sell alcohol for carryout and on-site consumption.

"We look at each business uniquely," Hannah said. "We're very excited – it will be a great addition to our downtown."

Hannah anticipates the board will approve the license at its Aug. 10 meeting.

Foucrè said she added a wine and cheese section at Marcel's in June 2014 to test if there was a market for those gourmet items in Glen Ellyn.

"It's been great. People have really responded to it," she said. "We have to do itright, which we're trying really hard to do."

Marché will take over the 950-square-foot location at the corner of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue originally occupied by clothing store Environments 2 after its owner, Faye Scothorn, moved to Philadelphia.

"I love this corner. Any other place, I probably wouldn't have been interested in, but the corner is what I love here," said Foucré,who purchased the building in November 2014.

The location will share some qualities with Marcel's, but with a more contemporary and edgy look, according to Foucré.

The shop will feature brass accents on its signage and various aesthetic elements from Marcel's, such as circular motifs and medallions.

A blue bricked facade will replace the previous brick facade at the location, giving the building an "engaging" and "majestic" new life,according to board documents.

Foucré said the community is excited about the shop and that the Marché Facebook page has already received about 1,000 likes.

"I literally cannot go out to dinner in Glen Ellyn without people stopping me and asking me when Marché is going to be open," she said. "I think we're going to be really well supported."

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