Upon returning to Houston in 1996 (after years in New York, South East Asia and Paris), Betty Newton began à bientôt in her garage. Her husband, Stephen, who is credited with naming the business, evicted her from the garage and the store was born. Four years later, the very chic and extremely international, Cristiana Anderson, joined Betty as a partner. The be-jeweled duo traveled the world, children in tow, shopping and collaborating and creating for à bientôt. Oh the friends they have made and the things that they have seen. Twenty years later, the store is in its fourth location on River Oaks Boulevard, the children are grown, and Cristiana lives in Washington, D.C. Stephen has sold the original garage.