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.

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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.

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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

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Friendly Pierre in the Deblue butcher

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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


Mother’s Day on Sunday – Present Idea – Gardens Show in Coppet

On Sunday 11th May it is “Mother’s Day” in Switzerland. If you are looking for  present ideas, it’s worth visiting the small but interesting shop down at the Rive in Nyon called “Continents Apart”. This shops sells handmade jewellery, much of it made by Deborah Willis, the owner of the shop. Deborah travels to Asia to source original stones and jewellery items, and returns to Switzerland and reworks it to create one-off pieces, necklaces, bracelets etc. She also imports beautiful, brightly coloured necklaces made out of  vegetable ivory. These are created by two families living in Ecuador, the sale of these necklaces helps to fund the education of their children. Prices for the necklaces and other goods in the shop are very reasonable and the shop is open at the weekend including Sunday!

Continents Apart is at Rue de Rive  48  in Nyon. Tel 022 361 -6700

Photos below – gift ideas

Earrings and rings

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Necklaces made out of vegetable ivory

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Vegetable ivory in its original form (husk in photo below)

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More jewellry

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 The shop down at the Rive in Nyon (just around the corner from the very popular Italian ice cream shop)

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 Jardins en Fête

On Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May, the Jardins en Fête gardening and flower show will be held in the grounds of at the Château de Coppet.  There are lots of lovely gardens on show, and in competition. The event is also host to garden designers, garden retailers and lots more, see website here. There will be food and refreshments served at the fête.  Opening times Friday 10:00 to 19:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 18:00.   See articles and photos here from a previous year on Living in Nyon.


Late night shopping in Nyon – Wednesday 19 and Friday 21 December

Whether you are just starting your Christmas shopping, or looking for last minute gifts, a reminder that there will be late night shopping in Nyon until 22:00 on Wednesday 19th and Friday 21 December. There will be free local buses provided on these evenings for those who want to avoid driving into the town.

Living in Grandvaux and planning strategies for companies – Interview with U.S author Woody Wade

Woody Wade is a futurist and author. In his role as a consultant to Swiss organisations planning their future strategies, his role is to help them visualise how their business environment might change, depending on how trends and uncertainties unfold over the next few years. “I help managers of companies get ready for changes they might face in the future by first, recognising what those changes could be,” he says. “That’s already a big step.”

Living in Nyon asked Woody, a native of Indiana, how he came to be living amongst the vineyards in Grandvaux (a village with a population just over 2,000), above Cully in the heart of the Lavaux wine-growing region.  “The Reader’s Digest version of the story,” he says, “is that I came to work in Switzerland intending to stay ‘for three years’ – that was in 1982. As happens with so many people, Switzerland quickly got its velvet claws in me, so thirty years later, I’m still here, very happy and in no hurry to leave. For the first seven years, I lived in the German part of the country, but then I had a chance to move to Lausanne, and I’ve never looked back.  Where I live now, in Grandvaux, I’m perched 300 metres above the lake with a panoramic view that is always changing, always energising. It’s a wonderful place to live and work, an easy drive to Lausanne, Vevey, or the Geneva airport.  Peace and quiet, some good restaurants and caveaux nearby – I’m really very privileged.”

In Woody’s new book Scenario Planning: A Field Guide to the Future, he explores several ways the world might be different a decade from now – and he makes the case for using a structured approach called scenario planning to try and foresee how the changes could arise – and how different the world may be if they do.

What is an example of a trend that could change companies’ competitive footing in the future?

“One of the biggest changes going on all around us, but so slowly we almost don’t feel it, is demographic,” Woody says.  Birth rates have dropped.  So a world with fewer young people than a generation ago could realistically change the “landscape” 10 years from now. This has huge implications for anyone that wants talented young people to join their organisation – and that means just about everybody.

When Woody gives presentation to companies he often illustrate the challenges ahead by using the Swiss Army as an example of an organisation facing a shortage of human resources in the future – although he is quick to point out, we will all be in the same boat, not just the Swiss Army.  “We will be living in a world where the pool of talent will be shrinking,” he says.  Simply put, lower birth rates mean fewer kids.  A little further down the line, fewer kids mean fewer graduates, fewer apprentices, fewer new hires – and for the Swiss Army, fewer 19-year-old recruits.

So what can the Swiss Army – and any organisation – do now to get ready for this situation? Woody shows alternative ways the army might address the problem, from forging rather unusual strategic alliances to outsourcing military bands. “I make light of it this in subject in  my talks, but it’s a serious issue, and companies really do need to be thinking about it today,” he says.

You can find out more about Woody’s work and contact here via his own website.