By Emilie Hackett, Special to The Outlet – Just at the edge of North Hatley stands an iconic caravan sign on Capelton Road. A cultural hot spot for creative souls around the Eastern Townships since 2008, the hostel/ restaurant/café/ art gallery and concert hall, closed in June of last year. After a well-deserved break, La Caravane owner Cécile Francoz is ready to re-open the business with a fresh menu and new ideas. Francoz moved from the Laurentians in 2005 to enroll her kids at the Enfants-de-la-Terre school in Waterville. “I started La Caravane because I was afraid that I would fall into ennui. In Val David, we had many artistic hubs where people could come together and listen to good music and showcase their art,” she explained. “North Hatley is touristic but not in that same sense, so I realized that if I wanted a space like this around here, I couldn’t be the only one. I wanted to make a really dynamic space in the country.” After a decade in the business, Francoz wanted to take a bit of time to recoup and give La Caravane a rest. “The hostel works really well money-wise, but it’s not what I had set out to do in the first place. I wanted to create an awesome artistic space, so I tried to get out there and see what others were doing, gather some ideas, and set up shop again,” she added. See full story in the Friday, June 28 edition of The Outlet.