Small Business Conference in English in Nyon/ Male “Trailing Spouse” event on 26 Feb

Conference for small businesses in English in Nyon on Friday 6th February 

What are the common difficulties faced in running a business in Suisse Romande?  Are you thinking about launching a new business ?  Are you in business and is it having the impact you envisioned? Are you looking for business partners to take you and your business to the next level?

Audience Listening To Presentation At Conference

Photo above courtesy D. Nickerson/

Join Yoshiko, Michelle, and Denise at the UniGlobal in Nyon on Friday 6th February at 19:00 where you will hear two 15 minute talks. Hear about about the common difficulties faced in running a business in Suisse Romande. This event is also a great opportunity to exchange tips and best practices. You will have time to network, challenge, and express concerns that meet the needs of your business.  Partners most welcome!

The event will be held in the Uni Global Union building in Nyon at 8-10 Avenue Reverdil, Nyon. The closest parking is at La Combe shopping centre. The Perdtemps car park is approximately a 10 minute walk and  Nyon train station is a 5 minute walk from UNI Global Union.  For all parking options in Nyon, see link here

This is the first of a series of events organized by Yoshiko Luebke targeted at supporting and growing a small business and building a local support network.

Yoshiko, originally from Japan, is the founder of the La Côte Women’s Fair and has experience launching other successful businesses in Switzerland. She supports small business owners as a mentor.

Speakers : Michelle Guiliano & Denise Nickerson :

Refreshments will be served. CHF 10 RSVP to Yoshiko, email:

Save the Date –  Male “Trailing Spouse” Event on 26th February 

For the past few years Living in Nyon has been holding the occasional  *Male Trailing Spouse evening. This is for men who have moved to Switzerland to follow their female partners who work in Geneva or Vaud based organisations.   *For want of a better phrase – we are still looking for a better title!  See article on previous event here 

These evenings are usually held in a local pub in Nyon or a nearby town. The next event will be on Thursday the 26th February 2015 in the evening. Venue and time to be confirmed soon. If you are a male accompanying spouse and you want to meet others in the same situation, please email to register your interest.

Trailing spouse 2

Consumer issues in French speaking Switzerland – from Head lice lotion to Chicken nuggets.

Consumer issues in Switzerland – from head lice lotion to chicken nuggets. Plus, an appeal for winter clothes for asylum seekers, drop off in Nyon and Gland.

If you are interested in consumer issues here in French speaking Switzerland and want to know more about the products and services you buy and use, then Living in Nyon can recommend two excellent sources of information. The first is “Bon A Savoir” (Good to Know) –  a monthly magazine which can be found in many newsagents including Naville.

At just CHF 4.50 it’s packed with info and tests on products. November’s issue tested 8 different bottles of head lice lotion and produced a graph with its results. See here.

Also in this month’s issue are tests on the dried fruit that can be found for sale in main supermarkets. These fruits were checked for their pesticide and preservative content, provenance, cost per 100g etc. The results are surprising!

Not all of the tests are not available online, you have to subscribe or buy the magazine to see all the results. However the savings to be found in some of the magazine’s comparative testings on products such as  health insurance premiums, and telephone charges more than make up for the purchase price!  Even if your French is quite basic, you should be able to understand the tests and their results.

Bon a Savoir

A Bon Entendeur (ABE) is a television programme produced by RTS TV and broadcast on a Tuesday night and this also covers consumer issues  ranging from an analysis of the actual meat content in the chicken nuggets that are sold in shops and fast food outlets, to the maze of “packages” offered by telephone and internet companies to consumers.  See a programme from the 14th October here

Mens clothing and toiletries required for asylum seekers in Gland 

 EVAM, the (Etablissement Vaudois D’accueil des Migrants) in Gland has put out an urgent appeal for warm coats,  jackets,  jeans,  trousers , belts,  shoes (all kinds), socks,  gloves,  woolly hats,  scarves,  back-packs, hold-alls,  bath towels (all sizes) and toiletries for the male asylum seekers currently in the Gland reception centre and waiting a decision on their future.  At this stage of their asylum application, the men are not allowed to work unless their application status changes. Further info here

Clothes can be dropped off at the following places.

1. Nyon: Centre Horizons, Maison de Paroisse, ch. des Eules.  Bin at door.

2. Gland: Chapelle Catholique, chemin de l’Abbaye, go down steps on left – bin

For further info on the work of EVAM see their frequently asked questions page on their website here. 

A New York concept in Nyon – Healthy take away food from Falaque


A New York concept in Nyon – Healthy take away food from Falaque

When Sharin Hossain first moved to Vaud in 2006 she was surprised at how difficult it was to get a healthy takeaway or delivery service in the area. Having previously lived in New York, she was used to the convenience and choice of dial up food delivery services. Finding nothing similar here, Sharin spotted a gap in the market and set about creating her own take-away business. She prepared a healthy selection of Bangladeshi dishes cooked in her own kitchen in the village of Crans, her husband handled the deliveries and the Falaque business was born.


After quickly acquiring a loyal customer base for these home-made meals, she knew she was on to a winner. She offered, every Friday, a full dinner with a starter, main, vegetable, rice and dessert, all delivered to the customer’s home. The idea worked so well and the food itself was so highly praised, she knew that the next logical step would be to open a small take away / restaurant in the local area.

A fresh and modern look for fresh and modern food

So she went on the hunt for premises. After a long wait and a few hiccups along the way, Sharin finally found the perfect location in Nyon at the south end of Place Perdtemps. She commissioned a local architect to redesign the space and gave them the brief of turning the place into a modern eatery.


“The last thing I wanted was a place with clichéd Indian statues and objects everywhere. I wanted the look to reflect the food which is fresh and fun. Plus, I won’t always be preparing Bengali/Indian food all the time, although my roots lie in Bengali cooking, there will be occasions when I will try other types of international cuisines”.


Photo above: Sharin in the kitchen in view from the restaurant

Sharin also put in a request for an open hatch to be visible from the restaurant itself so customers could see both Sharin and her kitchen staff preparing and cooking the meals in the kitchen beyond.


Another satisfied customer!

Sharin’s reputation at providing delicious food cooked at home has now continued at the restaurant and customers trust her to provide a variety of interesting and menus each day. Customers who order a meal are now given the option of an “express” meal, a “sports” meal or a “fun” meal with a simple, basic pricing structure. Falaque has now become an institution in the area and it has received a lot of praise and happy customers judging by its Facebook page. Living in Nyon has sampled the food, and can highly recommend it! Try it for yourself!

New customers get a discount on their first order and home deliveries on a Monday and Tuesday are free. Falaque is open every day apart from Sunday.

The choice of tasty menus for each day and for the entire week are posted on the website, vegetarian options are always available.  For full details see here



Reminder – late night shopping in Nyon tonight until 22:00

If you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet, then you can take advantage of “Les Nocturnes” late night shopping in Nyon tonight (the 20th December) until 22:00.   Plus on Sunday, small family shops will be open in the town between 10:00 and 18:00.

Shop window





Where to buy a turkey for Christmas and late night shopping in Nyon

Throughout the year Living in Nyon receives many local retail questions and particularly in December on where to by a turkey for Christmas.

Most large supermarkets and the Manor supermarket in Chavanne centre sell turkeys (turkey/une dinde in French), however, Living in Nyon’s favourite place to shop is the Marc Deblue butcher in the centre of Nyon. Their meats and products are always of excellent locally sourced quality, they sell lard grillé too, (smoked bacon) which is always a hit with its British customers. Plus, the staff in this shop and the owner of course are very friendly! See a review here on Yelp by a customer from Austin, Texas.

Butcher 1

The shop itself has been hidden away somewhat recently whilst there has been construction of the new Mcdonalds extension next door,  but they have always been open for business, so give them a try!  If you want to buy a turkey, you need to order it  in advance, just decide how many kilos you want , leave your name and it should be ready to pick up on the day you want.

Address: Rue de la Gare 22, 1260 Nyon.  Téléphone :0 22 361 28 04

Butcher 2

Friendly Pierre in the Deblue butcher

Butcher 3

Late night shopping in Nyon and Sunday opening

There will be two late night (nocturnes) shopping days in Nyon over the Christmas period, on Friday 20th and Monday 23rd December, the shops will be open on those days until 22:00. On Sunday 22nd December, local family run shops will be open in Nyon from 10:00 to 18:00