Sisters put on glitz at new business in Lake Oswego

by: REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - There is no better way to enjoy tea than with a beautiful antique cup and teapot, which Carol Ciaverelli is glad to demonstrates here.

“Musty” is a word that describes some antique stores, but not Serendipity Antiques & Curios in Lake Oswego.

“Fresh” is the word for the new store opened by sisters Carol Ciaverelli and Lauren Souza at 425 Second St.

“The first thing people say when they come in here is, ‘It smells so good!’” Ciaverelli said.

“We don’t want it to be dowdy,” Souza said.

The fresh odor is only the beginning at Serendipity. The glitz begins in the “Ooh La La” room and goes on from there.

“There are fun things that are unique,” Souza said. “You won’t find them at a mall. Our store is hard to describe. It’s different.”

The merchandise includes chandeliers, vintage and antique items from the 1900s, linens, exclusive fragrances from Greenleaf, gift cards, clothing and lots of collectibles, like Depression era glass. In another room are kitchen items (the paintings of roosters are quite impressive), and the back room is used

for gardening products. And there

is more.

“Once a month we want to have a special show or activity,” Ciaverelli said. “We’re going to feature local artists and crafts people.”

The roster of contributors at Serendipity include artist Julie Berburg, gardening guru Susan Cook and Bridget LeFever, a craftswoman who is now selling a lot of painted Santa Claus figures.

Ciaverelli brings lots of savvy on antiques to her new Lake Oswego venture. She owned an antique store in a mall in California for 20 years. She came here three and a half years ago, and a year ago she was joined by sister Lauren. Members of their family are coming from all over the country to settle in Lake Oswego.

“It has been kind of an exodus,” Souza said. “We’re refugees from all over.”

“We love it here!” Ciaverelli said.

Now is a good time to stop by Serendipity because it is having a holiday sale. But it is also a good idea to stop by there often.

“We’ll have a new look in January,” Souza said. “In this kind of business you have to change.”

Serendipity Antiques & Curios is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 503-974-9448.

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