A West Seattle fixture since 2004, Click! Design That Fits is home to modern, unique housewares as well as the in-house jewelry line created by owners Frances and John Smersh. Still loyal to its original colorful vibe and affinity for refined, contemporary design, Click’s new location provides space for an expanded jewelry section that includes some of the Smershs’ favorite artists and designers.
WWW: What song or album is playing on your store’s sound system right now?
The Smershes: "Five Years Time" by Noah and the Whale, which then segued into "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder. Our music is a lot like our store: Some of it is very contemporary, and some of it is a bit of a throwback to what was popular when we were kids.
What was your first job in retail? What did you love or hate about it and how does it compare to what you do now?
Immediately before we opened Click! we were doing retail craft shows with Frances’s jewelry. People always seemed to want us to have something that we would never have (for example, "a sword to go through my ear"). Once, a fight broke out in front of our booth at a street fair. Now, people come into the store and thank us for kicking the quality of the neighborhood up a notch. That feels pretty good.
What’s your favorite thing in the store right now?
On the tabletop side of things, we’re head-over-heels in love with the entire menagerie of Jonathan Adler animals: the bird spoon rest, owl salt and pepper shakers, and whale butter dish. The whale pitcher is probably our favorite. We had a customer buy one last December because she was hosting Christmas Eve dinner for 40 people, and wanted to use it as the gravy boat. On the accessories end, we’ve been loving the coated canvas handbags by Highway, and everything local jeweler Sarah Loertscher brings us. She does a pendant called the "Triple Lucy" that has a very sweet story behind it.
Where do you shop when you’re not at your store?
We usually find gifts for each other at Twilight Artist Collective, and clothes for Frances at Carmilia’s or Sweetie. When we go to New York, we almost always make a pilgrimage to Uniqlo, as much for the retail-as-theatre experience as anything.
What do you love about your store’s neighborhood? What nearby restaurants, coffee shops, etc., do you recommend?
Bakery Nouveau has won worldwide baking competitions in Paris, and their twice-baked almond croissant is heaven. Mashiko is simply the best sushi we’ve ever had. The Husky Deli has been here since the 1930s, and you can get ice cream there and feel like you’ve just walked into a Norman Rockwell painting.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened in your store?
One time a crow flew into the store. Everyone who does retail in the northwest probably feels like they are living in a Portlandia sketch, but this was over the top.