French Memories opened the first location in July 1989 in Duxbury, MA. The owners, Philippe and Debra Odier moved to the area with the intentions of opening an authentic French Patisserie.

Philippe’s background and education gave him the knowledge to open and run the business from the front of the house to the kitchen. He grew up in the family business in Paris, his parents, grandparents and brother were all pastry chefs. He came to the USA knowing he would carry on the family tradition.  Philippe ran a wholesale bakery in Orlando, FL. He sold to the hotels, resorts, restaurants, and Burger Kings (their first croissant sandwiches).

Bruno Biagianti joined forces with the Odiers in 1999 as a partner with a strong pastry chef background. Bruno worked in some fine shops in Paris, including the Ritz and Ladurée. He transferred with the Ritz to Boston and joined French Memories eight years later.

Bruno and Philippe opened the first Café Vanille in Boston in 1999 in Beacon Hill. The shop received a warm welcome and has become The Best of Boston four times. The next café was opened in The Chestnut Hill Mall in 2001. Each location has its own design with the menus varying slightly to cater to each location.