Mother-daughter team bring “stylin'” touch to That’s Swank!

5 Apr

As reported earlier, That’s Swank! has changed hands. After a bit of a facelift, new owners Robin Allen and her mother, Cindy Allen, appear ready to infuse fresh energy and new life into their inventory of vintage fashions and housewares.

Cindy, who had followed her brother to Hood River 10 years ago and still commutes three days a week to Portland for a job with Care Medical & Rehabilitation Equipment, says she had dreamed for years of owning her own business.

Robin was working in Los Angeles as a wardrobe stylist for film and TV productions — independent (i.e. horror) films and Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” sport her work — when she read on Craigslist of That’s Swank! and its availability.

They’ll still call the store at 4th and Cascade That’s Swank!, and augment inventory with a couple of Robin’s own product lines. She makes and sells R.A. by Nature organic T-shirts and accessories, plus a line of hand-painted glassware.  Both are available through the RA portal.

Cindy works as house manager for the theater productions at Columbia Center for the Arts. Owning the shop may feed into that.

“I’d like to do some styling workshops here,” Robin says. “And I’d like to get involved with the theater community.”

Movie work? Well, sure, if it follows her north. She’s not going back to L.A.

She thought she might have to, occasionally, to see her boyfriend, Paul Antunes. He had been a graphic artist for 13 years with CBS, helped Robin and Cindy get set up, then headed south for the start of a long-distance relationship.

And walked right into a layoff notice. Cosmic? Well, yeah.

So he’ll be heading north, too, with a couple of different resumes in hand, looking to build a Gorge lifestyle.

If you’re in the vicinity, drop in and say “hi.” Call them at 541-386-7733.

And best of success with the store, Robin and Cindy.


One Response to “Mother-daughter team bring “stylin'” touch to That’s Swank!”

  1. CIndy Allen April 9, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    Hey, Stu —

    Thanks for the article. Robin and I appreciate you taking the time to introduce us to the community.

    Hope to see you around and good luck with your ventures!

    Cindy and Robin

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