Founder-Manager

Christel C.Saba

Having freshly graduated as a Seller specialising in the sales of baked goods, pastries, and confectionary, Christel C.Saba was distinguished Crafts Person in Normandy, René Garrec promotion, in 1986.

She left her native Normandy at the age of 16 for Paris where she gradually scaled the various rungs of the ladder of her craft. 

While working in different positions, she returned to her studies, obtaining a university degree in Foreign & Applied Languages (English-German) in 1993 and a Teacher’s Certificate in 2003. A new profession was now open to her as a teacher of English. Over the years, she has shown a spirit of innovation in developing cultural projects and has taken hundreds of students on school trips in Great Britain and Ireland.

Keen on languages and cultures, Christel immigrated to Toronto in 2009 with her family. She started off practising her profession as a teacher, first at the Alliance Française of Toronto where she left her mark as Director of Summer Camp and co-author of an innovative method for the teaching of French to young learners. She was also outstanding in the mentorship of public servants of various Governments of Canada departments whom she helped meet the bilingual requirements of their position. In addition, she was much appreciated as a Continuing Education instructor at the Universities of Toronto and Ryerson.
However, this was but an interlude before the realisation of her ultimate dream, the opening of the boutique DOUCE FRANCE in the heart of Toronto.

DOUCE FRANCE is an ambitious cultural and commercial project that represents the realisation of Christel's two-streamed professional experiences. Today she works directly with a network of more than 40 artisans & craftspersons with whom she entertains a privileged and personal relationship. 

Many of DOUCE FRANCE’s suppliers have won the label EPV: Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company), awarded by the French Department of Crafts, Trade and Tourism for their excellence or have been recognised by Le Collège Culinaire de France. 

Company

Douce France

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Established in 2012
Opened at 2471 Yonge St, TO in June 2013
Moved to 820 Danforth Ave, TO in September 2018

Missions

•Defend & promote French traditional craftmanship
•Bring authentic & prestigious gourmet products & artisanal masterpieces from France to Canada
•Keep informing & guiding customers & meet their expectations

vision

•Keep expanding it selection from France in order to cut its logistics costs even more & be more competitive as a small business 

Values

•Make the quality of its products its top priority
•Trace them back to the source
•Make customers discover the history & origin of its selection of delicacies & masterpieces

awards

•Finalist of the 7th pan-Canadian edition of the Lauriers des PME organized by RDÉE Canada.
•Mentioned as the top grocery store for French products aficionados.
•Art de Vivre Award winner at the France Canada Chamber of Commerce's 2024 Annual Gala & Business Awards. 

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Founder-Manager

Christel C.Saba

Having freshly graduated as a Seller specialising in the sales of baked goods, pastries, and confectionary, Christel C.Saba was distinguished Crafts Person in Normandy, René Garrec promotion, in 1986.

She left her native Normandy at the age of 16 for Paris where she gradually scaled the various rungs of the ladder of her craft.

While working in different positions, she returned to her studies, obtaining a university degree in Foreign & Applied Languages (English-German) in 1993 and a Teacher’s Certificate in 2003.  

A new profession was now open to her as a teacher of English. Over the years, she has shown a spirit of innovation in developing cultural projects and has taken hundreds of students on school trips in Great Britain and Ireland.

Keen on languages and cultures, Christel immigrated to Toronto in 2009 with her family. She started off practising her profession as a teacher, first at the Alliance Française of Toronto where she left her mark as Director of Summer Camp and co-author of an innovative method for the teaching of French to young learners. She was also outstanding in the mentorship of public servants of various Governments of Canada departments whom she helped meet the bilingual requirements of their position. In addition, she was much appreciated as a Continuing Education instructor at the Universities of Toronto and Ryerson.
However, this was but an interlude before the realisation of her ultimate dream, the opening of the boutique DOUCE FRANCE in the heart of Toronto.

DOUCE FRANCE is an ambitious cultural and commercial project that represents the realisation of Christel's two-streamed professional experiences. Today she works directly with a network of more than 40 artisans & craftspersons with whom she entertains a privileged and personal relationship.

Many of DOUCE FRANCE’s suppliers have won the label EPV: Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company), awarded by the French Department of Crafts, Trade and Tourism for their excellence or have been recognised by Le Collège Culinaire de France. 

Company

Douce France

Established in 2012
Opened at 2471 Yonge St, TO in June 2013
Moved to 820 Danforth Ave, TO in September 2018

MISSIONS

•Defend & promote French traditional craftmanship
•Bring authentic & prestigious gourmet products & artisanal masterpieces from France to Canada
•Keep informing & guiding customers & meet their expectations

VISION

•Keep expanding it selection from France in order to cut its logistics costs even more & be more competitive as a small business 

VALUES

•Make the quality of its products its top priority
•Trace them back to the source
•Make customers discover the history & origin of its selection of delicacies & masterpieces

AWARDS

•Finalist of the 7th pan-Canadian edition of the Lauriers des PME organized by RDÉE Canada
•Mentioned as the top grocery store for French products aficionados

A getaway to France!

A close relationship with our suppliers = A guarantee of quality! More important than ever in food industry!

"We’re happy to help bridge distances and are always excited to surprise our customers with new delicacies from France!"

À bientôt! 

A getaway to France!

A close relationship with our suppliers = A guarantee of quality! More important than ever in food industry!

"We’re happy to help bridge distances and always excited to surprise our customers with new delicacies from France!"

À bientôt!

A getaway to France!

A close relationship with our suppliers = A guarantee of quality! More important than ever in food industry!

"We’re happy to help bridge distances and always excited to surprise our customers with new delicacies from France!"

À bientôt!

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