Here's another store that has become my favorite place to go to: Botanic in Villuerbanne.
As the name indicates, it is a garden shop. But it also provides much more.
In addition to plants and gardening supplies, the store sells organic food, and it has a large selection of home decoration merchandise, mainly tabletop things. I love hanging around in the corner that has soaps and candles.
There is an animalerie, where my son loved watching the neon-colored tropical fish swim. Upstairs, where you can be sure to find me, is the bookshop and cafe.
This store, its location being outside of center-city Lyon perhaps, has a lower price range on pretty much everything it sells. The home decoration products, especially, are all as chic as those you'd see in a posh store on Rue de la République, but are surprisingly inexpensive.
It is a chain store, and there are other locations all around France, two of the closest being in Ecully and in Bron, near the airport. Just a note: I don't think the one by the airport has a cafe. I don't remember seeing a book section there, either.
There is no scientific proof to this, but I'm convinced that one of the reasons why I feel uplifted when I go there is that the store has a lot of oxygen in it. And because the plants are always being watered, there is much moisture in the air inside. I somehow feel that my skin is happy because of it.
I should note that this store does not offer bags for your purchases. So, BYOB. You don't get tissue paper to protect the breakables you buy, either, but there is a pile of cardboard boxes near the cashiers that customers are welcome to use. I didn't know quite how to use them for the cups I purchased, but I always carry a few hankies in my purse, so I improvised with those.
The last time I went there, I wasn't looking to buy any plants (I have a brown thumb), but a small pot of dainty, lace-like ferns caught my eye. It came home with me, and I knew exactly where to put it. Now my dining room has a bit more oxygen in it, too.
A small bit of information: the French use the word "bio" (from "biologique"), pronounced beeo, for "organic." Now when I'm talking or writing in English I keep wanting to say "bionic" instead of "organic". Can you imagine a bionic broccoli? It should make us really, really strong.