Retail Spotlight

Meet the Shopkeeper: Capers

A look inside West Seattle's home, entertaining, and gift shop.

By Amanda Austin September 24, 2012

Capers is a fixture in the West Seattle neighborhood known just as well to those searching for one unique gift as those on the hunt for an entire Medina mansion's worth of furniture and decor. The team at Capers, headed by owner Lisa Myers, is eager to help customers navigate through the store's arrangement of one-of-a-kind pieces and quirky keepsakes. Myers shared with us a glimpse into her shop.
What song or album is playing on your store’s sound system right now?
Myers: We're listening to the 60s on 6 station via satellite radio. We love changing up the music to fit the mood of the day or weather, and we often listen to soultown, jazz, or Frank Sinatra. It's nice to have something playing that customers can sing along to if they choose.
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?
My first job was in a fabric store, so in many respects I feel that I've come full circle in that Capers features a lot of textiles.  I loved the creative process, helping the customers, and the endless possibilities. Now there are many more facets to my job, but I still love the process and connecting with customers to help them choose beauty for their homes. 
What’s your favorite thing in the store right now?
My absolute favorite is the newest collection of florals from Jennifer Ament. There is something magical about the simplicity and spareness of the pieces. I'm imagining a wall in my living room that would display a series.  
Where do you shop when you’re not at your store?
I'm not a huge shopper, but I do enjoy a great indie bookstore. My favorite in Seattle is Elliott Bay Book Company I love to check out retail in other cities too; I usually pick an area and just start walking. I'm always fascinated by creative displays, local artisans, and the product mixes that other stores offer. There are a million ways to do retail. 
What do you love about your store’s neighborhood? What nearby restaurants, coffee shops, etc do you recommend?
I like that West Seattle is a very supportive community. We have been doing business in the neighborhood for 27 years, so a major part of the joy is seeing customers that you've known for years and catching up on their families and lives. We get asked for recommendations for lunch all the time. My standard response is Bakery Nouveau for fabulous pastries, grab-and-go sandwiches, and treats to take home, West 5 for a great sandwich-and-salad special, and La Romanza Bistro, next door, for fabulous Italian cuisine. 
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened in your store?
After 27 years, nothing seems to phase me anymore. 
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