Welcome Our Latest Advertiser: Howard And Marge!

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The B-Town Blog is proud to present its latest Advertiser: “Howard and Marge,” a hip boutique destination for Guys, Gals and Youngsters alike, located near the Seahurst Post Office.

“Howard and Marge” offers unique, edgy, chic clothing, accessories, and gifts you won’t find anywhere else, and they’re located at 2118 SW 152nd.

Robin Dunkle is the owner and operator of the boutique, which she named after her grandparents, who she loves dearly. They have been important in her life and have been a strong influence in making Robin who she is today.

After opening a few months ago, Howard and Marge is having a grand opening celebration on Sunday August 17, starting at high Noon. The real Howard and Marge are flying up from SoCal for an appearance in the shop that bears their names and likenesses.  There will be fun for the whole family: kids will enjoy a bouncy house, there will be adult and kids refreshments, as well as a BBQ of Smoked Sausages from Dan the Sausage Man. Plan on a fashion show around 3-ish, and enjoy special sales prices on both fashion and accessories.

Howard and Marge has cutting edge fashions, accessories and gifts right in our own backyard.  Some of the New York and LA designers include:

  • Childish
  • Tarin Tarina
  • Yummie Tummie (their claim to fame—as featured on Oprah and previously on the B-Town Blog)
  • Sanctuary Clothing
  • Steady

Robin moved here in 1997 with her dog from Newport Beach, California, where she graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles in 1989.  Right after graduating, she started a clothing manufacturing company in Costa Mesa by the name of Tantrumm Apparel, Inc. and Red Heart, Inc. It happened quickly after attending a Super Bowl party during the Gulf War, where she worn a pair of customized 501 Levis. She bleached, washed and painted them to resemble the American Flag, and people at the party went crazy. They all wanted to know where they could purchase her jeans.  So, she knew she had to start making them the next day. She called Nordstrom and showed them a pair of cut off shorts and jeans and that sent the ball rolling with orders all across the West Coast.

Robin was in business!

The Dunkles have made 'Howard and Marge' a family affair.

Once in Seattle, she located in the Junction of West Seattle, which she found fun and exciting. And why wouldn’t she? She met her husband Dusty Dunkle three months later and they were engaged five months after that. The Dunkles now live in Normandy Park and have two sweet little girls, Macy and Avery, and are very much a part of their community. Dusty owns Customer Research on SW 152nd in Burien and the girls attend Creative Minds Montessori.  After working as a Real Estate Executive for Coldwell Banker, Del Bianco for the past decade, Robin really felt that she wanted to get back into the fashion game. She could see the lack of boutique type clothing offered in B-Town and wanted to change this. Robin is pleased to say that Howard and Marge is a family-run business with the added joy of having her sister, and store manager, Jessica Kelley.

Robin and Co. is pleased to say that “the store is doing better than they could have ever hoped for, and the community loves what they have to offer. It’s nice to be able to just run by our shop especially if you don’t have a lot of time to pick up that something special gift or just a cool novelty t-shirt to wear that night at the Tin Room or others of B-Town’s fine, fun restaurants & bars.”

Robin wants to say “thank you Burien for all your support!”

And of course she also wants to invite all of the B-Town Blog readers, as well as current customers, to come on down for the Grand Opening party on August 17 to party-hearty and meet the real Howard and Marge.

So, give Howard and Marge a hearty B-Town Blog welcome by clicking on their Ad in the lower right sidebar and checking out their offerings (and yes, perhaps even getting your own “Yummie Tummie”)!

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