We're starting a new chapter in the Click! Design That Fits story.
Our beautiful shop is available for purchase. Our hope is that the next owner is someone in our community who shares our vision, values, and aesthetic and has dreams of thriving in local, independent retail.
John and Frances Smersh grew Click! Design That Fits from its humble beginnings as an extension of Frances's jewelry business in the Admiral District to the well respected Junction destination you know and love. From the beginning, our hope was to find someone to take it over when the time came that we were ready to move on to our next adventure.
Frances's diagnosis of Young Onset Alzheimer's Disease in 2015 at age 48 meant a significant plot twist in our narrative. Shortly after diagnosis, our incredible crew stepped up, taking over day to day operations and allowing John to focus on his caregiving responsibilities as Frances's disease progressed. Many of you likely saw John and Frances at Click! during that time, as her desire to stay connected with her community continued throughout it all. Frances passed away last September, and John and the Click! fam have been beyond blessed with so much continued love and support from all of you. We're ready to pass the torch and keep the love-fest going. It's time for Click! to transition to new ownership.
From the start, Click! has represented community and connection. For over 17 years we've been building relationships between the often overlapping groups of our designer/maker/artist colleagues and vendors, our neighbors in West Seattle and beyond, and our staff-crew-fam. These connections have allowed us to survive and thrive, even in times of hardship. It would not be surprising if our next owner is already a part of this community, or connected to someone who is.
If you, or someone you know, would love to continue growing this well established, locally cherished boutique into her next phase, please reach out to Carrie Topacio (firstname.lastname@example.org, 206.402.5567). Serious inquires only (obvs).
As you continue to visit and shop, please keep in mind that it's business as usual over here and be respectful of our staff (including John!) :). We know that many of you will have questions - please understand that we are not at liberty to discuss details and that any + all inquiries will be directed to Carrie.
As you continue to grieve both the loss of your love as well as the loss of your dreams, I support your decision to face new adventures without the responsibilities of running a successful business. I wish you well.
Oh no! While this is fully understandable, I hope this doesn’t become another pizza shop. You’re been a bright light in the Junction for years, a go-to place for interesting gifts, a place to see and learn about functional art. And the people – always so helpful and knowledgable. The wire seagulls hanging in our home are crying out! Wish you the very best, John. May your broker find someone eager to take this on. We need you in West Seattle!
I love your store!! I wish all the best to your entire staff as you make this transition.