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The Popinjay

The Popinjay

The Popinjay

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Our Story

The Popinjay is the place for imaginative gifts and accessories for your home, your body and your life.

Once upon a time, in a country far away, a little girl bought a gift for her parents in a very special store.   For the rest of their lives, her parents said it was the best gift ever.  It was Glasgow Scotland in 1961 and the shop was called The Craftsman.  Its specialty was Scandinavian home accessories. The little girl was me, Janis, and I loved that store. It was then that the retail seed was planted.

Fast forward to another continent, a husband, the birth of two lovely sons, and a significant change in lifestyle.  The seed then came to life.

The first Popinjay, known then as Popinjay Country Arts, opened at the intersection of Yelm Highway and Boulevard Road in Olympia Washington.  This addition to a neighborhood grocery store purchased by Stephen and me in 1977, was a humble beginning allowing us to tend store while having time to coach soccer and volunteer at our children’s school.  Many people remember those early days.  At different times customers bought penny candy (for a penny) jelly beans, chocolate truffles, home made soup, pottery, holiday villages, Scottish Shortbread and tasty Scotch eggs.

Over the years the Popinjay expanded to as many as four outlets at one time:  downtown Olympia 1987, the Westwater Inn 1987, South Sound Shopping Center 1988, Capitol Mall 1994. After years of attending to multi facilities, we refocused energy on our favorite location – downtown Olympia. In 2005 the Downtown Popinjay became the “one and only.”  This was the best fit to grow a business while keeping a close connection with those who have supported the quality and style the Popinjay has been know for over the years.

Stephen embarked on a career in Real Estate in 1988, a career he still enjoys today, while I invested all of my energy into making the Downtown Popinjay a destination for our customers to find the perfect gift for themselves or their special friends and families.

From our earliest days we said “For the gift you will be proud to give, yet rather keep, visit us”

We are so fortunate to have found work that we thoroughly enjoy in a community we love.




Phone: 360-352-9841

414 Capitol Way S
Olympia,, Washington 98501
United States



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