The Rue St. Rome is the most former street pedestrian of Toulouse.
Useless to specify that it became, since the most commercial street. At every house there is a boutique. A lot of stores of clothes and shoes, but also the books, the disks, the jewelries, and full of essential things because they don't serve to anything.
The street is often enlivened by artists of street : painters or musicians or jugglers...
What to buy: While making the stores, you can also admire the houses, that date the XV th and XVI th centuries for the more part.
Some days, there is affluence that it is very difficult to walk on the paved pavement so.
Attention, those days to the pickpockets who often prowl in this street.
At Brosson, are presented all shapes of hat elegantly, in all trains, all colors, all sizes. And this, as much for the ladies as for the gentlemen.
What to buy: The hats are presented elegantly on supports, either stacked. Often the seller's help is so necessary the choice is cornelian !
Seven 75: Creation of the bookstore situated to the site of the present Shades Half notes 2. Three people work there in 90 m². Two evenments is going to mark the evolution of the bookstore in the beginning of the years 80: the FNAC becomes implanted in Toulouse, and August 10, 1981, it is the entry in force of the Law on the unique price of the book.
It is the opportunity for the Bookstore to take part in search of new ways, of new markets, in order to demonstrate that there is a possibility to reconsider the profession while taking advantage of these new bases.
It is therefore also the moment or she/it invests, major partnership valley (entry to the capital of the Editions de Minuit) and enlarges.
In March 82, Shades Half notes, while taking the local common of the Japies typewriters, pass of 90 to 350 m², and create new rays: History, paperback books, Fine arts and Blvd.
86: Creation of a specialized pochothéque (to the site of the present Shades Half note II)
89: The bookstore enlarges all over again: of 350 m² one passes to 800 m², with the opening of a boardroom and exhibition of 80m², the creation of the ray youth, and the extension of all others rays. The team passes 10 then to 18 people.
95: Creation of the bookstore of journeys Shades Half note II - 90 m2 dedicated to the guides, cards, narrations, beautiful books on all countries of the world.
00: October 2000, opening to the 9 Rue de Gestes of a bookstore youth and of a new room of expostions and proceedings. All spaces communicate between them with the exception of the bookstore of tourism. One can cross the islet Gambetta - Gesture - Saint - Rome thus on more of fifty meters, in an environment of books.
2002: Opening of the basement to Shades White IIS (journeys) 48 Rue Gambetta, of 50 m2 and 20 m of linear supplementary to the profit of the nature book and leisures. Réaménagement of the sector " tourism ".
What to buy: On this day equips it is constituted of 23 booksellers and 8 administrative.
Finally mention some prominent facts of the history of the bookstore. Shades Half notes are in 84 one 6 founding members of " the Eye of the independent bookseller Letter " grouping auto dissolves in 96 and that regrouped until 50 booksellers. In 90, the bookstore gets the Big National Price of the Cultural enterprise. Finally, Shades Half notes are by its leading member of the board of directors of the Union of the French bookstore.
In a hot, and luxurious ambiance, with precious woods and hues velvetiness, it is almost religiously that you will enter in this temple of the biggest Gascon Armagnacs.