When Marchet Sparks visited France in 2004, traveling extensively throughout the southern Provençal region then up to Paris and Normandy, she was charmed by little markets with freshly prepared foods and local goods that dotted throughout the countryside. A busy real estate executive working out of her native Los Angeles at the time, she decided that one day she would like to own a small neighborhood cafe such as those sprinkled throughout France.
Four years later, the opportunity presented itself and Sparks opened Le Petit Marche on Hosea Williams Drive in the rapidly developing east Atlanta neighborhood of Kirkwood. She called choosing Kirkwood as a location for her business “a no-brainer.”
“Its downtown had tons of potential, several long-standing businesses, a committed and active neighbors’ organization. The complexion of the community was and still is so incredibly diverse that the decision to invest my livelihood came easy. I knew Kirkwood would support