Meet the Shopkeeper: Ketch

A fisherman’s daughter opens a boutique in (where else) Ballard.

By Malika Ritchie December 28, 2010

When Stephanie Kaldestad told us of her Ballard heritage, we figured that the name of her new boutique had something to do with sailboats, or one’s seafood haul. Nope, the fashion veteran (Nordstrom, Michael Kors, Gucci) told us that Ketch is simply a play on that thing that girlfriends say to one another, ’You’re such a good catch.’

WWW: What’s your personal spin on the ubiquitous “How can I help you?” question?
Kaldestad: It’s all about making the customers feel comfortable and welcomed. A simple hello and smile usually does the trick.

What’s your favorite thing in the store right now?
I have so many favorites, but if I have to narrow it down, I’d say its between the Twiggy James Jeans or the Zambos and Siega Peggy Clutch.

Where do you shop when you’re not at your store?
When I need a hostess gift or card I shop at Clover House, they have the best selection. I also love Pacific Galleries in SoDo. My interior designer, Laura Zeck, introduced me to this place when we were searching for the perfect pieces for Ketch. I am now obsessed and love getting lost in this huge store.

What specific store or type of store do you feel is missing from Seattle’s shopping scene?
I would love to have a store that sells vintage hand bags because I love the look of old and used hand bags.I have a few designer hand bags and no matter how hard a I try to make them look used, I just can’t seem to get the same look that grandma’s handbags have.

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What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened in your store?
Fortunately, nothing weird has happened in our store. But we’ve only been open for three months. I’m sure I’ll have some great stories soon. Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself.

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