Celebrate grads, dads and weddings in June with gifts from CAPERS

Every June, we look forward to helping all those trying to find that perfect something for those graduating, getting married or simply honoring Dad. One of the most memorable moments was when a mom bought a sleeper sofa for her daughter and soon to be son-in-law, so she could stay with them for the wedding. Here are a few other suggestions we’d recommend as well.

For Grads…
Instill inspiration with a great read such as:

• If I Could Tell You Just One Thing: Encounters with Remarkable People and their Most Valuable Advice by Richard Reed.
• Designing Your Life How to Build Aa Well-Lived Joyful Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans.
• I Just Graduated Now What? by Katherine Schwarzenegger.

Mark the occasion with a monogram necklace and charms.
And for those just starting out, help stock their first apartment with linens, flatware, glassware and dishes. For something unique we offer word trays—“be the best you”—motivational objet.
Give them the gift of thanks—literally—with stationery for that little note to say the two words that might get you farther in life than any others, “Thank you.”
Or perhaps your grad is taking a gap year to globe-trot the world or just landed the perfect job which has them traveling for work. Try our passport covers and business card holders in all natural leather with a variety of colors such as beige, tan, red, black and more.

For Dads…
This is the time of year where you see Dads everywhere getting their inner Bobby Flay on, manning the grill. And we have barbecue tools, aprons, and more sure to round out their collection and keep them grilling.
We also carry select barware including mahogany corkscrews, wooden muddlers, classic brass and nickel flasks with moon phases etchings, and Ancient Olive Dirty Martini Juice. Or give him a better ice cube—Whiskey Stones. They chill beverages without diluting them as ice cubes do. For beer lovers, we also stock glassware, hand towels and Graf Lantz Bierfilzl felt coasters.
And for those who prefer brainteasers, consider Haikubes which let you create fascinating Haikus with the roll of the dice.

For Weddings…
We’ve long been known as THE place to shop if you want one-of-a- kind pieces, if you’re finishing off your home, you want something classic, or need whole home outfitting. CAPERS has all the necessities such as bar tools, kitchenware, everyday linens, art, jewelry for bridal party, decorative accessories, great shower gifts, stationery, locally made ceramics for cooking and serving, mixing bowls, glassware, basic dishes, French Sabre flatware and serving pieces with pearlized onyx hued handles, cheese accessories and place settings and flatware (classic serve ware in contemporary colors from classic ivory to brights), marble cutting boards and teak platters from Indonesia, wooden salad bowls that are fair trade from Africa, and olive wood handled spreaders.
For showers check out our cook book and bar collections…set up a bar…or serving trays hand crafted by local ceramicists and well-known artists from Terrafirma in New York. From appetizer plates to large serving platters. We recommend anything from Revol French porcelain service pieces, Le Jacquard Français linens, or our fair trade 100% hypo-allergenic throws.
Or we can always help you put together a gift basket combining a number of items. Plus, we wrap and have accompanying gift cards as well.
Whether you’re looking for something for someone just starting out in life, a shower gift, or yes even a sofa so mom has a place to stay for the impending nuptials, CAPERS will brighten your June celebration with a unique present that will stand the test of time.

Stock the bar for all those holiday gatherings and parti

As you prep for all those special gatherings this holiday season, CAPERS can help stock the bar with unique items including mahogany corkscrews, wooden muddlers accompanied by a tasty Mojito recipe, classic brass and nickel flasks with moon phases etchings, or hand pounded nickel, brass or bronze trays, and Ancient Olive Dirty Martini Juice.

Or check out our Whiskey Stones, which chill beverages without diluting them – a great alternative to ice cubes. For beer lovers, we also stock tall pilsner glasses, hand towels, and Graf Lantz – Bierfilzl felt coasters. Impress guests with stunning hand-blown water glasses from Italy or beautiful brandy snifters.

From local West Seattle artist Nicole Pepper, we also carry one-of-a-kind, beautiful French blue and cream ceramic wine flasks.

Need a “how to?” Look no further than our sage list of authors espousing guidance on making Zen gin and tonics, arranging your bar cart, setting a table, imbibing like the French, and crafting cocktails like 007.

Perfect for cheese and crackers or other hors d’oeuvres, our marble, brass and teak wood platters are beautiful and practical. Pair them with alabaster or olive wood spreaders under $15 each – great for pâtés, dips or soft cheeses.

And we offer linen cocktail napkins – fantastic for the environment – or single use Cheers and New Year’s imprinted napkins.

Whether planning a birthday, holiday or New Year’s get-togethers, stop by and let CAPERS help you find just what you’re looking for.

Perfect for Giving…….The Products with Purpose List

At CAPERS, fair trade and sustainability have long been a staple of our product philosophy. For those like-minded souls seeking presents with a purpose this holiday season, we recommend our throws, knitwear, children’s toys and monogram jewelry.

At CAPERS, fair trade and sustainability have long been a staple of our product philosophy. For those like-minded souls seeking presents with a purpose this holiday season, we recommend our throws,knitwear

Our Shupaca throws woven with all natural alpaca products are 100% hypo-allergenic and eco-friendly. Warmer, stronger and lighter, these incredibly soft blankets are perfect for cozying up by a fire.

Specializing in accessories handmade with alpaca and Andean sheep wool, Emilime collaborates with an expanding network of Peruvian craftsman and celebrates the creativity of each knitter. Their on-trend fingerless gloves, ponchos, neck warmers and scarves are not only plush, but practical.

Our monogram jewelry is perennially popular. The recycled gold discs in multiple sizes are the perfect elements to design your own necklace. Whether a single initial or a group signifying children or other loved ones each necklace is very personal. The manufacturer donates a plate of food for each piece sold. We love when looking good always means doing good.

The rattles and small stuffed-animals and sea creatures in the shop are fair-trade project from Bangladesh. Each of the crocheted pieces are magical and ever more so when knowing they are benefiting a work group supporting women. The penguin is our signature piece for holiday but the octopus, owl and rainbow bunny are favorites year-round.

We are always on the search for fairly-traded product. Ask us when you’re in the shop and we’ll give you a tour of newest additions to our collection of fair-trade or locally made products with purpose.

CAPERS Celebrates Earth Day All Year Round

April is Earth Month and April 22nd is Earth Day.
At Capers one of our goals is to support the environment whenever we can through the products that we buy, and in turn sell to our customers. We work with companies selling sustainably sourced products, up cycling and recycling. There’s a lot of creativity out there.

Earth Day arose from the efforts of San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 to generate support for environmental issues. The most common Earth Day practice is to plant trees, and you can see these efforts organized around the world by various organizations.

Although we may not be planting trees at Capers, we do work with vendors who support responsible environmental practices. Some of our most beautiful tables and case goods are from Classic Home. Classic Home is committed to supporting sustainably sourced lumber, using planation-grown and reclaimed woods harvested under FSC guidelines, and up cycling with their “Some of a Kind” pieces.

Our upholstery companies, Lee and Cisco Brothers, both use FSC lumber for their frames and offer Inside Green and Natural Lee programs which utilize organic and sustainable fabrics, use no flame retardant chemicals, and apply low VOC stains on their woods.

Rebecca Sofa is part of the Essentials Collections by Cisco Brothers. It is slipcovered for easy maintenance and features feather cloud cushion fill for maximum comfort.

The Seda Loveseat is part of the Essentials Collection by Cisco Brothers. This piece is slipcovered in Belgian linen for easy maintenance. Other sizes of sofas are 84″ and 100″.

 

What does all of this mean?

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. They are the gold standard in forest certification, ensuring that forests are protected for future generations and have strict guidelines for qualification.

VOCs are volatile organic compounds. They have a high vapor pressure which results in them evaporating and entering the environment easily. These chemical compounds can be naturally occurring or human-made. Since some VOCs are toxic and their affects are cumulative and long term many environmentally conscious companies are choosing to use them sparingly or not at all whenever possible.

Parsons Style dining table and bench in Shesham wood that is FSC. The low sheen finish is perfect for the family dining, homework, craft, game night, work party table. And it looks great too.

Upcycling is the process of reusing materials in their previous form with little or no processing. Our Arch console and Sebastian side table are beautiful example of this. Both were built from found pieces and repurposed into their current form. We even have river rocks carved into planters.

Upcycled building parts add interest to this recycled wood console/hall table.

 

How does this differ from recycling?
— Recycling converts previously used materials into another form. The term was originally applied to waste, but “waste” is a relative term and you can reuse, reprocess, and reclaim just about anything. It doesn’t have to be waste material, although that’s a goal. The most eco-conscious factories attempt to reclaim everything, from water and energy to the sawdust on the floor.

Our Dash and Albert PET (short for a complicated name for polyester) rugs are an example of recycling. Water bottles were processed and turned into another product. These recycled “fabrics” are excellent indoor/outdoor rugs and hold up through a good cleaning. Just hose them off and they bounce right back. They come in a variety of prints, colors, and sizes and are available to order as well as in stock at our store.

These PET rugs are perfect for inside or out. They are made of fiber from recycled plastic bottles and are easily hosed down for cleaning.

There are so many opportunities to support our environment. We have manufacturers as well as artisans who are creative and socially conscious. Think outside the box. You may find an opportunity that you hadn’t thought of. We have greeting cards made from pencil shavings and recycled books and newspapers! We have jewelry bangles made from recycled plastic and even vegan cuffs.
We look for opportunities whenever we’re at market. Who says you can’t live well while living responsibly? We’re certainly going to do our best, and help our customers to do so as well!