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Kids, clothes and rock and roll hit the Bremerton runway

Kids’ fashions will be on display to benefit Harrison Hospital. - Courtesy photo
Kids’ fashions will be on display to benefit Harrison Hospital.
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Tease Boutique, a unique clothing shop near the eastside mouth of the Manette Bridge, has put together a one-of-a-kind type of evening, offering a chance for people to get out on the town while raising money for kids in the hospital.

It’s all about kids, clothes and rock and roll.

The event kicks off at 3 p.m. today at the Manette Saloon, 2113 E. 11th St. in Bremerton, and the first six hours will be an all ages affair. (At 9 p.m., the bar is fully a bar and the kids must go).

Of course, while all the money made off ticket sales will be benefitting Harrison Hospital’s pediatric ward, Tease will also be benefitting by showing off its new lines of apparel, now including menswear and toddlers.

And the audience too should benefit from a rotund evening of entertainment. It’s a Halloween-centric fashion/circus/magic/rock show with refreshments, food and firewater provided by the Manette’s bar and kitchen. Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 in advance, available at Tease, the Manette or Cornerstone Coffee.

It should be a celebration of Harrison’s 10-bed pediatric ward, the only unit serving kids on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas, but it will also seemingly be a raucous jubilee for the rejuvenation of Tease.

“I was just thinking of someway to showcase the new clothes and get the word out that there is a boutique in Bremerton!” said Michelle Bethune, the boutique’s newest owner and proprietor. “Bremerton needs a place other than the mall to get cute, unique clothes that you are not going to see on other people.”

Bethune stepped in about two months ago as the store was on the verge of closing down, and has since been working to turn that course around. What she heard when first taking the reins with regard to Tease’s selection, then only for women, were that sizes were quite small while the price tags were rather large. So, at the outset, she set out to find quality lines of clothing in a wider range with a quieter price.

In addition to the store’s staple brands like Kenise Girl, Kersh and Rock Steady Bethune said she has now brought in “higher-end denim” with brands True Religion and Seven, along with a line of cocktail-style dresses, blouses and skirts out of Los Angeles called Veronica M.

The boutique has also added a new dimension and a bit of a harder edge bringing on a rock-and-roll-inlfluenced line for men called Kill City and a cute line with a rock-a-billy look for kids called Knuckleheads.

During the evening’s fashion show, slated to start at 5 p.m., each style will walk the runway jutting out from the Manette’s music stage.

Preceding that main event, an edgy cirque-du-soleil-style group out of Seattle called Pure Cirkus will perform at 3:30 p.m., followed by an informational show about Harrison Hospital at 4:30 p.m.

Then following the fashion show, a magician by the name of Louie Foxx will warm up the stage for the evening’s musical acts, Oscars Mad (a band rooted in delta and gothic folk and ambient and paranoid rock) and BiPolar Star (a no apologies rock, glam, punk, powerpop band) both of Seattle.

“And then after that, more circus!” Bethune said.

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