POSTERS GIVE ‘TWEENS’ THE STAR TREATMENT

Debbie Mishan, below, with the hundreds of entries from girls seeking to be featured in posters hung each month at her Fair Haven boutique, Skye Blue & BeTween. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The oversized, constantly changing photos of well-dressed young models you may have noticed in the window of Skye Blue & BeTween in Fair Haven aren’t stock images provided by clothing manufacturers.

They’re the store’s ‘tween customers, girls aged 13 to 16, the age “just before they start shopping at Urban Outfitters,” says shop owner Debbie Mishan. And a spot in the boutique’s frames has become one of the hottest tickets among adolescent girls on the Green – and a marketing boon for Mishan and a local photographer.

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URBAN OUTFITTERS: SALES UP, INCOME DOWN

urban-070411The crowd outside the Red Bank Urban Outfitters store before this year’s KaBoom fireworks show. (Click to enlarge)

Clearance sales helped boost Urban Outfitters to the highest quarterly sales in its history, the clothing retailer reported Monday.

But markdowns also led to lower profits at the Philly-based company, which has had a store in downtown Red Bank since November, 2009. Results are not disclosed by location.

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ON CONSIGNMENT: DOUBLETAKE ON BROAD

marci-kessler“My business is recession-proof,” says Doubletake owner Marci Kessler. (Click to enlarge)

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As a handful of employees raced about earlier this month to set up for the next day’s opening of Doubletake Consignment Boutique in Red Bank, owner Marci Kessler appeared the embodiment of calm.

The racks were nearly bare of the high-end clothing and accessories expected to fill the store, located on Broad Street next door to Pizza Fusion. But Kessler, eating a salad at the cash register, was unflustered, and confident the shop would be fully stocked for its first customers.

“We’ve been doing it for 18 years,” she told redbankgreen.

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COAT GIVEAWAY SLATED FOR SATURDAY

Rbcc clothingA scene from a clothing giveaway held at the Red Bank train station last March.

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The folks at the Red Bank Community Church will be doing a clothing giveaway in the borough train station parking lot this Saturday, weather permitting.

The emphasis is on getting coats and warm clothing to people who need it, says Pastor Lenny Liebman, whose congregation meets just two blocks east on Monmouth Street.

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