Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Jewelry Trunk Show featuring Alizah Olivas!

Don't miss the Trunk Show this Saturday, December 14th from 10am-6pm! Local jewelry maker Alizah Olivas will be at CAPERS selling her beautiful silver and gemstone pieces. This is the perfect opportunity to get a gift for a special lady on your list!

A little about the artist...

Alizah was born and raised in West Seattle and picked up jewelry making about 10 years ago. Ever since, she has been learning, creating, and making jewelry and has many admirers in the area. For more information, visit her website at

Sunday, December 8, 2013

December Art Walk- Featuring Cheryl Zahniser

Save the date for the last West Seattle Art Walk in 2013!  
This Thursday, December 12, we are featuring local artist Cheryl Zahniser. 
Her beautiful oil portraits and still life paintings on canvas and glass deck 
our walls and will be up during the entire month.

Come in to CAPERS on Thursday from 6-9pm to see beautiful artwork by 
Zahniser and meet the artist herself! We will have treats and drinks while 
you shop and there will even be a surprise performance by the Mistletones!

A little about the artist...

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Cheryl Zahniser graduated from the University of Oregon in 1975 with a BFA Degree in Painting. After graduation, Zahniser worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer in Portland and then moved to Seattle to work for Nordstrom as a graphic designer. Zahniser retired 24 years later as the Vice President, Brand Creative Director of Nordstrom. Since 2006 Cheryl Zahniser focused her passion on fine art, opening a studio and studying with a number of well-known artist.  For more information, visit Cheryl's website,

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Annual Giving Tree is Here!

Our Annual Giving Tree is officially up and we are excited to start accepting donations for the Hickman House. Simply come in to CAPERS, grab a star (or a few) from the tree, and return your gift to the tree before December 23rd. Donating a gift is a great way to give back to the local community this holiday season! 

The Hickman House is a local shelter that provides safety for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence, and they provide resources to help these women start new lives for their families. For more than 25 years, CAPERS has been collecting gifts and toys for the brave women and children who are transitioning from very abusive situations. This mighty holiday tree collects thousands of gifts each year for these families. 

For more information, call CAPERS at (206) 932-0371

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Be the Perfect Guest this Holiday Season

Many of you will find yourselves as guests next Thursday or in the following month of holiday events.  This post will provide you with some great tips to ensure that you are the perfect guest and get invited back year after year!

  • It is always a good idea to bring a nice gift for the hostess; after all, he/she likely spent several days preparing the delicious feast!  While wine is always welcome, try and think outside of the box this year. Here are some ideas for thoughtful hostess gifts this season. 

Some festive paper napkins and a nice candle votive
A dish towel with some scented dish soap

A cocktail book accompanied by some glasses
Candles and wooden candle coasters

  • Be on time! If you are going to be late, call and let the hostess know. 
  • Call an hour ahead to see if there is anything the hostess needs- perhaps a last minute run to the grocery store.
  • Always offer to bring something such as an appetizers or dessert. 
  • When you get to the hostess's house, offer to help.
  • Be sure to introduce yourself to the other guests and circulate the room.
  • Don't overstay your welcome.
  • Send a thank you note the following week!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Susan Goodwin Trunk Show!

Susan Goodwin Jewelry Trunk Show
Saturday, November 23rd
CAPERS Home, 4525 California Ave SW

Susan will fill a 10 foot table with her one-of-a-kind pieces-- this is an event you don't want to miss!

The talented Susan Goodwin will be setting up shop in CAPERS next Saturday with hundreds of beautiful earrings and necklaces. This is the perfect time to stock up on gifts for the holidays! Susan is a local jewelry maker who has been designing jewelry for more than 25 years and she is internationally known for her gemstone and pearl jewelry designs. 

Here is an excerpt about the artist from her website, You can learn more about Susan and see more of her designs on her website!

"Susan Goodwin has been a celebrated jewelry artist and tour de force in pearl and precious stone showpieces since 1980.  Born in Kirkland, WA in 1954, Susan traveled the world before returning to her roots and settling in Seattle. Her early years and first artistic influences were formed in the still exotic, tropical paradise on Hawaii. Her spirited mother fled the gray skies of the Pacific Northwest and moved to Honolulu when Susan was only three years old. It was there that Susan recalls becoming entranced by nature; exploring the beach, the jungle and the world around her and developed her passion for color, texture and light."

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Save The Date...Holiday Open House and Susan Goodwin Trunk Show!

Saturday, November 23 from 10am-5pm

Our Holiday Open House is coming up in just 2 weeks and you need to be sure not to miss it! We have been busy stocking the shelves and decking the halls to prepare for the upcoming holidays. Be sure to stop by on November 23rd to pick up everything you'll need for the holidays. Plus, we will have treats and specials all day throughout the store!

Our Susan Goodwin Trunk Show will also be happening on Saturday, November 23rd from noon-5pm. This is an annual customer favorite! Susan is a local artist who has been designing jewelry for more than 25 years and she is internationally known for her gemstone and pearl jewelry designs. Susan will fill a huge table with her one-of-a-kind pieces, so this is an event you don't want to miss! For more information on Susan Goodwin, visit her website at

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Dressing Your Table for the Holidays 101

The holidays are quickly approaching, so to help you out during this season of events and dinner parties, we made this handy guide that will teach you everything you need to know about dressing your table for company.

Setting your table 101:
These two diagrams from Brunch at Saks depict the proper way to set the table, both informal and formal. We won't tell if you edit the formal setting a bit!

Measuring your table for a tablecloth 101:
Finding the perfect tablecloth for your dining room table can be tricky. Luckily, we are here to help!
As a general rule of thumb, aim for a tablecloth that has dimension that are 24"- 30" longer in both length and width than your table.

60" round table- 90" round linen
72" round table- 102" round linen
30" x 72" banquet table- 54" x 96"linen
30" x 96" banquet table- 54" x 120"linen
60" x 60" square table- 90" x 90"linen

If you are still in need of a holiday tablecloth, we have some beautiful Le Jacquard Français linens at CAPERS and large selection available for custom order.

Dos and Don'ts

  • Don't ever use scented candles in the dining room!
  • Do play with fall colors- warm oranges, reds, yellows, and greens
  • Don't use a tablecloth that reaches the floor.
  • Do measure your table before buying a new tablecloth.
  • Don't crowd your dinner table with decorations.
  • Do utilize fall foliage and crops such as squash, colorful corn, and fall leaves.

We will be posting entertaining and decorating tips all throughout the holiday season!

Friday, October 25, 2013

CAPERS Philosophy- Responsible Consumption

Did you know that most of the items we sell in our store are either produced locally or with a socially responsible mission? When you shop at CAPERS, you can feel confident that you are supporting responsible companies!

Shop Local: We feature many products made right here in the Pacific Northwest! Buying local products is not only good for the community, but it is also good for the environment because it requires a lot less energy to transport the goods to you!

Shop Fair Trade: A fair trade certification ensures that the money made from goods gets back to the laborers involved in all steps of the manufacturing process.

Shop Recycled: There are several items at CAPERS that are made from recycled products (including a door mat made from recycled flip fops and a decorative basket made from recycled straws).

Shop with a Conscience: Many companies support organizations, initiatives, and philanthropies with their proceeds. It is always a good idea to check out a company's website to see how they give back to global communities.

Shupaca Alpaca throws are beautifully crafted alpaca throws made in
Ecuador. Shupaca products are fair trade and all sales support the economic
advancement of the Ecuadorean artists.  For more info visit

Jaipur Rugs support women artisans from India. They teach weaving
skills and ensure that proceeds from the sales go back to the
women and their families. For more info visit
EmiLime supports and sells knits made by women artisans in Peru. EmiLime products are fair trade and beautifully crafted.
For more information visit

These are just a few of the socially responsible products we feature at CAPERS. Stop by our store to learn more about the great products we carry! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall Trunk Show- Le Jacquard Français

Saturday, November 2- 11AM-2PM
Dress up your table for fall!

Our Annual Fall Trunk Show is quickly approaching on Nov 2! Join us from 11AM-2PM when Le Jacquard Français representative Lynn Sultemeier will be here to take your holiday linen orders! Bring in your china and paint swatches to find the most perfect new linen for your holiday table. Place your order by November 4 and we guarantee that you will get your linens by Thanksgiving! And as an added bonus, if you order a tablecloth during this weekend, you will receive four complimentary napkins as a gift with purchase.

Le Jacquard Français is known for high quality Damask linens that will last a lifetime.  'Damask' linens are especially great because the pattern of the fabric is visible on both sides. 

For more information on Le Jacquard Français, visit their website at

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Easy Entertaining......Baked Feta Appetizer!

The Fall is here and with the cool weather comes warm parties! Be sure to bring this delicious appetizer to the next event you attend or host. We served it at CAPERS during our artist reception for the October Art Walk and it got rave reviews from our customers!

CAPERS Baked Feta Dip
8 ounces Feta Cheese (crumbled)
6-8 ounces of pitted, mixed, marinated olives
Line the bottom of a greased small baking dish with feta.
Layer the olives on top of the feta.
Drizzle with olive oil. 
Bake at 400 degrees F until warm and melted (about 20 minutes).

The recipe we served in the store was adapted from the Kathy Casey recipe below.

Makes 10 to 15 servings

1 thick (7- to 8-ounce) piece feta cheese

Lightly oil the bottom of an 8- to 9-inch ovenproof skillet, such as cast iron.

Place the cheese in the center of the pan, and then top with the Artichoke Pepper Olive Spread. 
At this point, you can cover and refrigerate the skillet for up to 1 day.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Bake the cheese for about 20 minutes, or until soft and gooey. 
Serve immediately, right out of the pan, with slices of rustic bread, crostini, pita, or pita chips.

Kathy Casey is an amazing celebrity chef from Seattle. She is frequently 
featured in magazines, on TV and radio, and she is the owner of Dish D'Lish. 
If you are looking for some great recipes, we recommend one of Kathy's cookbooks.
Visit the Kathy Casey website to find more of her recipes or to order a cookbook. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Save The Date......October Art Walk with Mary Flynn-Gillies

The West Seattle Art Walk is less than one week away!
For those of you who don't know, the Art Walk is a monthly event that takes
place from 6-9 PM on the second Thursday of each month. Shops stay open
late and display art by local artists. During the month of October, we will be
featuring artist Mary Flynn-Gillies at CAPERS.

Mary's paintings are available for viewing and purchase now in our store.

Stanley Rivers 10x8
Poppy Blue 23x30

Here is an excerpt from Mary's artist statement:

"This fascination with weathered
integrity has found a comfortable
home in her two-dimensional work.
Her desire is to achieve this sense of
time and history in her work by using
tattered, stained, and once cherished
found papers as the foundation for
her imagery.

Her imagery at first glance is ageless
but at closer inspection is interjected
with modern thought and often times
whimsy... bringing together the inspiring
dynamic of past versus present"

Visit Mary Flynn-Gillies' website for more information on her and her art.

Hope to see you at CAPERS on October 10th during the Art Walk!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

One Sofa, Three Ways......Dress Up Your Sofa For Fall!

With the seasons changing and Fall approaching (and our Fall Sale in progress!), 
now is the perfect time to consider making a few quick changes to give your sofa a 
new look for Fall.  There are so many new ways you can style your sofa to give
 your home a new look and feel. 

Start with One Bare Sofa....

 Styled Three Different Ways...
It's so easy to add decorative pillows!

Or add some pizazz with vases.

A throw is necessary during Fall and Winter!

Isn't it great how easy it is to add new life to your sofa? By just switching up your pillows,
adding a patterned throw, or decorating an end table with colorful vases, you can give your
living room a mini makeover for Fall!

CAPERS has everything you need to decorate your home for Fall, so be sure to stop by
this season.  And if you don't know what you are looking for, you can always ask
our wonderful sales team for tips and ideas to spruce up your sofa!

This styling has all three elements, pillows, a throw, and colorful
vases on the side table. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

SALE DETAILS........let FALL begin

CAPERS Fall SALE announcement.  The perfect time to stock-up, change-up, freshen-up for fall.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Cozy up for Fall.........FALL HOME SALE

It's time to get ready for the Great Pumpkin and all the beauty and changes fall brings.  We've selected goods from around the store to get you ready for fall entertaining and the cooler weather that is sure to visit soon.......say it isn't so.

P.J. Salvage 1-2-3 SALE  {the more you buy, the more you save}
 1 piece 15% off,  2 pieces 20% off, 3 pieces 25% off
soft & cozy p.j.s slippers & robes
Wool, Cashmere, Alpaca and Cotton Throws
pick your coziness 20% off

Sofas, Chairs, Ottomans And Beds
all upholstery from & www.leeindstries.ccom
30% off list  {pillows 20%-35% off}

Add a buffet to your dining room table & chairs and save 30%
{all buffets, sideboards, tables}

Choose your scent for fall......FREE travel candle with $20 purchase of scented candles

Change out your pillows, add a throw, and get yourself ready for the winter weather.
{Pillows 20% off, throws 20% off, sofas 30% off}
Let's get you ready for winter.  CAPERS Fall Sale 
begins September 14 and ends October 1.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Day 1 plus 28 {years}

June 18th is always a day of review and reflection and remembering.  Remembering that youthful
 "I can do anything" spirit I brought to a small coffee shop and gourmet take-out replete with 
crazy kitchen tools all those years ago.  Remembering the anticipation of taking off on a 
new adventure.  Remembering the excitement.  Remembering the that time
 it was "we'll have 50  stores up and down the coast and then retire." 
 (this was when Starbucks had less than 5 locations).

After 28 years, and many twists and turns, here we are.....................a lovely home shop, 
an anchor in our neighborhood, and a contributing member of our community.  
We began with the mission:  sell products that are interesting, get to know our clients, and
 become a contributing member of the community.  Even though the format has changed the 
mission is as relevant today as then........different container, same mission.  

We invite you to join us in celebration......

Tuesday, June 18 
4-6 p.m.

cake & champagne & some fun specials will be served up.
We're raising a glass to another year and most importantly to the many customers 
that have traded with us over the years.  
You're the reason we're here and we're truly grateful........
Lisa and the CAPERS staff