Why did you settle in this region, in this place and not elsewhere ?
In the 18th century, André François Empereur worked as a nailer near the Old Port. His son, François Louis Adélaïde Empereur, followed in his foot steps. In addition to working as a nailer, he added tool, gimlet, drill and serrated saw making to his list of skills in the family workshop. In 1827, François bought the Bolfras Hardware store in the Bourse district and renamed it "Quincaillerie Empereur" (Empereur Hardware). In 1862, the hardware store expanded with the arrival of François' son, Louis - he was an ironmonger and joined his workshop with the hardware store in the three wolves building at number 4 on rue des Récolettes.
What can you offer people staying with you ?
As it always has done, Empereur lives by a simple and demanding philosophy: to prioritise quality and authenticity in everything they do. 90% of the living heritage's companies are represented here: they perpetuate the tradition and excellence of French production, some have been displayed on our shelves since the opening of the store. We also work with factories around the world who share our dedication to excellence. Our daily challenge is to remain faithful to the requirements of our loyal clientele.
The apartment is located above the store's offices on the second floor. It belonged to the family at the beginning of last century, Laurence Renaux Empereur bought it in 2015.
Many of our clients enjoy looking through the objects piled up in the offices and seeing photos of our ancestors.
The guest apartment showcases the Empereur family's history. Many archives are displayed in the form of paintings and old tools adorning the walls. The shop windows are full of old objects.
After picking up the keys in our shop, our guests have direct access to the apartment.