Archive for the ‘Portland's Bathing Suit Boutique | Popina Swimwear’ Category
Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
Portland Bathing Suit Boutique Popina Swimwear offers Portland’s largest selection of women’s swimwear. Popina has two boutiques one Bathing Suit Shop in NE Portland and a second Swimwear Shop in the Pearl District which is the largest Women’s Swimwear store in the Pacific Northwest.
Popina features the Popina Swimwear brand which is made in Oregon and has a distinctive Retro Swimwear flair. In addition to the Popina brand the boutique offers over 25 brands of women’s swimwear, coverups, flip flops, chemical free sun tan lotions and fun Portland themed T-shirts.
Popina Swimwear Downtown Portland (Pearl District, Westside, Beaverton, Lake Oswego)
318 NW 11th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209
Popina Swimwear NE | SE | North Portland (also serving Vancouver, Wa)
4831 NE 42nd Avenue (corner of NE 42nd and Alberta)
Portland, Oregon 97213
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
Snowboarders and skiers, get ready to launch yourself across 90 feet of frigid water at the 4th annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim, where you can win a free trip for two to Hawaii. Brought to you by Kona Brewing Company, the Sno-Kona Pond Skim takes place Saturday, April 24 at Mt. Hood Meadows with festivities kicking into high gear from 11 AM - 4 PM. The day will be jam-packed with live music, Polynesian décor, leis and other giveaways, many on-snow high jinks and of course, plentiful Kona beer sampling. The tension builds throughout the day with all contestants vying for the grand prize of a trip for two to Oahu, including round trip airfare and hotel, courtesy of All About Hawaii.
At halftime of the show Popina will be doing a swimwear fashion show, it will be hot, hopefully the models will not melt the snow!
Registration is open! The field is limited to 100 competitors who will take a qualifying run, and if they make it across the pond they’ll advance to the skim-offs. The Pond Skim will be ran in reverse order of registration - those who register last will skim across the pond first. All competitors must be 21 or over.
The Pond Skim’s local celebrity judges will include weather and all-around outdoors guru Matt Zaffino from KGW-TV, 105.9 The Brew afternoon radio personality Bozyk, “Squid” from 94.7 and Brad from All About Hawaii. Judging will be based on: best skimming style, best costume, best showmanship, and best crowd reaction while skimming the pond. While the grand prize winner nabs the trip to Hawaii, the second and third place winners, along with those that win the Best Splash, Best Costume and Best Impression Made by a Female categories will receive great prizes as well!
- First Place - Trip for 2 to Hawaii, KEEN shoes, KEEN messenger bag, $25 REI gift certificate
- Second Place - Kona Prize Pack (includes two beach chairs, skimboard, backpack cooler, Kona beach towel, set of 12 Kona glasses), KEEN shoes, Yakima Fatcat 4 ski rack, $25 REI gift certificate
- Third Place - $50 Bamboo Grove Restaurant gift certificate, KEEN messenger bag, Yakima Big Powderhound ski rack, $25 REI gift certificate
- Best Costume - Snowboard provided by Monster Energy
- Best Costume - Yakima Big Powderhound Ski Rack
- Best Splash - Snowboard provided by Monster Energy
- Best Splash - Yakima Fatcat 4 Ski Rack
- Best Impression Made by a Female - Dakine Freestyle Bag provided by REI
- Best Impression Made by a Female - REI Ski Bag
- Longest Run by a Female - $75 Popina Gift Certificate
- Best Splash by a Female - $75 Popina Gift Certificate
Cost to participate in the Pond Skim is $25 per entrant, which includes a complimentary Kona beach towel. Pre-registration will close on Friday, April 23rd, at 5 PM. Day of registration may be open depending on availability, at $40 per entrant. The event date will be changed to Sunday, April 25th, in the case of inclement weather.
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Phone Number: 503.659.1256
Monday, July 20th, 2009
Portland Monthly Bathing Suit photo shoot featured two suits from Popina Swim
Jantzen Vamp Suit
And the Popina Swimwear Retro Halter
Quite an honor as the primary Portland Swimwear store featured in the article. Popina is Portland’s year round Swimwear Store featuring Jantzen, Jag, Perry Ellis, Kechika, Sunsets, Swim Systsems, Speedo, Havaianas, Oka B shoes and many, many more brands. Every couple of months we introduce new fabrics into our store and new styles.
4831 NE 42nd Avenue (NE 42nd Avenue and Alberta)
Portland, Oregon 97218
Sunday, July 19th, 2009
Sunday Parkways is happening today Sunday July 19th in Northeast Portland. The route is a loop that goes as from NE 17th to NE Ainsworth to NE 47th and hits Alameda. Part of the route will cross NE 42nd Avenue at NE Going, one block from Popina Swim the Portland Swimwear Boutique.
To celebrate Sunday Parkways Popina will offer 20% off for anyone making a purchase who rides on their bike and mentions this blog posting or twitter posting. Be forewarned we do not have a lot of opportunities to lock up bikes yet (we are due to get new bike racks within the next couple of weeks). However my husband Will said that he will be available for look out duty to keep an eye on all bikes parked in front of the shop that can not find a suitable lock up space.
Look for the Popina A-Frame sign that points you to the left when you cross NE 42nd Avenue!
Here is a picture of the front of Popina.
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
Portland Swimear Shop Popina Swimwear is your year round Swimwear Boutique. We are located in NE PDX about one mile from the Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood and the Alberta Arts District. Now is a great time to get a Bathing Suit before the summer is over!
Featuring Jantzen Swimwear, JAG, Perry Ellis, L*Space, Tommy Bahama, Havaianas and many, many more brands.
4831 NE 42nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97218
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
Portland Swimsuit Boutique - Customer Testimonial
Best Bathing Suit shopping experience I’ve ever had and the only one in the last few years that didn’t involve crying. Thank you!
Monday, June 22nd, 2009
Jantzen Swimwear will be featured on the upcoming season’s credits of Mad Men. Jantzen Swimwear, one of the oldest and most recognized brands in swimwear will celebrate their 100th anniversary 2010, marking a century as a leader in style, innovation, fit and design with Swimwear made for the glamorous and modern beauty.
Jantzen Swimsuitscreative inspiration comes from their archives. Whether it’s using an Art Deco 1930s image from Jantzen Beach Theme Park where you could “Dance, Swim, and Play” or their successful 1960s “Just Wear a Smile and a Jantzen” campaign, promoting a form of “happiness” reflects today’s marketing pitch to consumers who are responding to old fashioned values. Images from the Jantzen Archives have been seen in the last two seasons of Emmy Award winning Mad Men on AMC and will again be featured in opening credits this fall with images from the 1960s Smile campaign.
To honor their 100th year, Jantzen will explore their archival garment treasures, launching the Heritage Collection by Jantzen – classic Jantzen reinterpreted for the modern woman. The design team pays homage to each Jantzen decade as a milestone in fashion history with a collection reminiscent of the 1920s through today, evoking the signature style and decadence of eras gone by. Jantzen will showcase their 100 years of fashion in partnership with The Wolfsonian–Florida International University beginning July 10th during a thirteen-week exhibition entitled, Beauty on the Beach: A Centennial Celebration of Swimwear. The exhibition will highlight materials such as original artwork by noted artists, advertisements, packaging and bathing suits, and celebrity swim suits. Jantzen, always a leader in international exhibits, looks forward to sharing their treasures with a whole new generation. A kick off reception on Saturday, July 18th, 2009 sponsored by Elle magazine will take place in conjunction with the SAF show for retail partners and local media.
With the trend of nostalgia surging, Jantzen has re-launched Curvallure by Jantzen replacing TrimSwim swimwear line. Curvallure’s clever copy and unique advertising illustrations originated in 1940 with Jantzen’s intimate apparel and “the foundation of Natural Beauty.” In the 1950s Swimwearour Curvallure bras created glamour by changing the shape of America. Today, Curvallure by Jantzen swimsuits are targeted to women who seek all the fit attributes, of contouring and slimming design, including tummy control and lifting features….without sacrificing style.
Empowering women by providing them with confidence to flaunt their curves and taking empowerment to the next level, Curvallure by Jantzen swimsuits will partner with the IFW Go Red for Women Red Dress show event in October to help combat Heart Disease.
As Jantzen commemorates this centennial celebration, the future appears bright. Jantzen, led by its iconic Diving Girl, remains one of the most recognizable brands in swimwear and will continue to provide innovation, style, quality and design in years to come.
Monday, May 4th, 2009
Pamela Levenson designer of the Popina Swimwear brand offers five tips for Swimsuit shopping. Pamela is based in Portland, Oregon, she sells her bathing suits on line, Wholesale at approximately 50 retailers in twelve states and from her brick and mortar Portland Swimwear boutique.
Tip #1 - Pick colors and prints that suit your skin and hair colors and then - “Just Try it On”!
Said so well by the housekeeper in the Movie Spanglish, it is surprising how many women come into my Swimwear Boutique with pre-conceived ideas of what is the best Bathing Suit for them. There is no substitute for your own opinion and comfort level, try on a few things you think would never suit you, break all the conventional rules, you might just be surprised. I always encourage the customers in my store to try on as much Swimwear as they have time for if they are not sure. It is not uncommon that my customers will spend 1-2 hours trying on Swimwear, but why not, it should be fun!
#2 Go Retro
Personally I love Retro Swimwear styles, before the march to make Swimsuits smaller and smaller, there was a time that mystery and modesty had value. 1940’s-1950’s Bathing Suits are my favorite era, these Vintage Swimsuits did a great job of covering up the right stuff and still having a great sense of style. Interestingly Retro Swimsuitsare now fashion forward, if you want to have a fun, unique look from the crowd, retro is a great way to set yourself apart and have a great fun look!
# 3 Care for your Suit
Chlorine and Spandex have a very tenuous relationship. It makes me very optimistic that there has been a trend toward converting skin drying, swimsuit destroying chlorine pools into saline which is way less harmful to swimwear. If you are using your suit in a pool, be sure to wash it out with a mild detergent and hang it to d. I have heard stories that if the chlorine is strong enough (like you can smell it - yuck!) and a suit has been left in a ball un-rinsed, a suit will literally disintegrate in days.
#4 Try a Tankini rather than a One Piece
Our most popular Swimwear style is the Tankini. My Tankini styles are designed with “Meet and Greet” Sizing which means for an averaged woman’s body, the bottom of the Tankini meets the top of the Swimwear Bottoms so that it has the look of a One Piece Bathing Suit. There are many advantages to a Tankini from a One Piece Bathing Suit first off the convenience of…….well let’s just say it, going to the bathroom. With a One Piece Swimsuit you basically need to undress, a Tankini is much more bathroom friendly. Second, with Tankinis you can mix and match tops and Swimwear Bottoms. A great way to stretch a budget is to buy one top and two bottoms or two bottoms and one top that coordinate. One extra piece gives you a whole new outfit! Finally, for those with longer torsos who have difficulty finding a One Piece Swimsuit that fits right, a Tankini will provide most of the coverage of a One Piece Swimsuit.
#5 Try to have fun
Swimwear buying for many women is an experience of dread. My Portland Swimwear Store is located next door to a Dentist, if I polled some of my shoppers I think some would rather have their teeth drilled than to try on Swimwear; in fact my very first store customer cried when she tried on a swimsuit. Many women are way too hard on themselves. I am sensitive to these feelings and that is a big part of why I created my line and when designing my Portland Swimwear Store I took great lengths to try to make it a fun and comfortable place to try on Swimsuits. I strive to create swimwear that allows women to feel good about themselves and create an environment that makes the process fun. But lets face it some of us do not have perfect bodies, in fact probably 5% of women have the to die for bod, and believe it or not, the women with the perfect bodies can often be the hardest on themselves! So remember, you are buying Swimwear because you love to have fun and when you put on your suit you will be in the water. Life is too short lets swim!
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
Retro Swimsuits by Jantzen are on the way to the Portland Swimwear Boutique Popina Swim. Jantzen is the innovator of swimwear and used to have their headquarters in Portland, Oregon. A couple years ago Jantzen moved their operations from Portland to Miami when they were purchased by Perry Ellis.
Alas, not a Portland company any longer but the good news is that since Perry Ellis purchased Jantzen there has been some reinvigoration of the Jantzen brand. Jantzen has looked back to their roots and their innovation of the past to reinvent retro. Earlier this week we placed an order for the Jantzen Vamp suit shown below.
A picture can say 1,000 words, but as you can see Jantzen does get it, not only a great retro flavored suit with all the stylings such as a modified privacy panel and the classic strapless look but a great piece of art work with the contracting colors and the vintage boat.
Although Jantzen is manufacturing Swimwear in Portland any longer, Popina is very excited to bring Jantzen Swimwear back to Oregon and are proud to offer Portland’s largest selection of Women’s Swimwear.
Monday, January 12th, 2009
Tri-Met Line #75 is a great north south bus route in Portland. So how about a shout out for the bus line that goes right in front of our Portland Swimwear shop Popina. From Woodstock to Hawthorne through Hollywood all the way to Popina Swim. Some personal highlights of the 75 line starting in Hawthorne:
Popina Swim is an easy 20 minute bus drive from the Hawthorne business district, home of the Bagdad Theater and Dosha Salon. The Bagdad is an awesome historic restoration, owned by McMenamins Portland’s hero’s of preservation served with their home brew a movie and a slice of pizza. If you really want to treat yourself to escape your worries without getting out of town, try getting a massage at Dosha. Their massages are very reasonably priced, be sure to show up early (at least 45 minutes) to enjoy their second floor soaking pool and steam room, it is transporting. As you cruise North out of Hawthorn you will pass Laurelhurst Park which has a beautiful duck pond and lots of room for running your doggie.
Next you will arrive at the Hollywood Transit Center, across the street is Trader Joe’s an awesome new supermarket, adjecent to the Hollywood Transit Center is 24 Hour Fitness, also pretty darn new. 24 Hour Fitness is a brutal process to sign up, sort of like your worst used car nightmare, but once you make it through the process the gym is very nice, the instructors for the classes are great. Huge downside is parking - but if your on the ol’ 75 you get front door service. If you crane your neck towards downtown as you cross Sandy Boulevard you may catch a glimpse of the Hollywood Theater. Where Bagdad shows popular second run movies, The Hollywood shows first run indie flicks, I have seen many movies at the Hollywood and have only been disappointed once by a very flat comedy, anyway, this historic theater was chopped up into three theaters I believe in the 1960’s which is very unfortunate, but the upside is more movie selection. The theater is owned by the not for profit Film Action Oregon which helps promote independent film and education in Oregon.
Then up the Alameda Ridge into the Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood, if you get off right at the Fremont stop you can get a killer coffee at Ristretto Roasters for some micro brew coffee (they roast their own beans). The other must visit is Jim and Patty’s coffee for some great baking including their unreal calorie busting breakfast sandwiches, try the sausage and egg biscuit the first time you visit then try the bacon and egg the next, if you ever move past the breakfast sandwiches try the pastries then hit 24 hour fitness.
Back on the bus heading north you are almost at your destination Popina. On 42nd Avenue be sure to visit Delphina’s for great freshly baked breads, Roses Ice Cream for homemade ice cream and Rocket Pizza for some awesome pie, all within a block of Popina Swim.
Why not take the bus to Popina, take your time, and enjoy the ride!