‘A little bit of everything’ at Bitch’s Britches

A new and used clothing and accessory boutique has an unusual name, but people will be surprised what’s inside one of Port Orchard’s newest businesses.

A new and used clothing and accessory boutique has an unusual name, but people will be surprised what’s inside one of Port Orchard’s newest businesses.

Marlene VanLeuven, along with her mother, Sharon Duncan, opened “Bitch’s Britches” on Dec. 11, in a 1,800-square-foot space in the Westbay Center, near the intersection of Bay Street and Bethel Avenue.

The store is the culmination of more than 18 months of planning.

VanLeuven said between she and her mother, quite a bit of clothing and other items accumulated.

“Maybe we should open a store,” she asked her mother. “Mom’s the money lady and I’m the working lady,” said VanLeuven, laughing.

VanLeuven and Duncan had trouble coming up with a store name.

“I suggested Bitch’s Britches,” VanLeuven said. “And my mom said, ‘That’s catchy.’ We liked it we didn’t even think about any ramification from it.”

VanLeuven said she approached some people about what they would do it they seen a store called “Bitch’s Britches.”

“They — even men — said they would have to go in,” she said.

VanLueven said the store has new and used clothes for women, but does carry some men’s attire.

“About 90 percent of the store has women’s clothing,” VanLeuven said.

Inside the store is a large array of clothing and accessories — new and used — are displayed in a decorated decor with country music playing in the background. There also is a window case with necklaces and other accessories displayed.

“People love our store with our decor that my mother did,” VanLeuven said. “She did all this and she is amazing.”

She said the store carries some of the high-end name-brand items such as Rock Revival or Miss Me jeans.

If a customer is looking for a certain brand of jeans or clothing, VanLeuven said she can find it.

The store plans provide dress and shoe rentals for proms, military balls and other events.

“Then you don’t have to have all these formals hanging in your closet that you will never wear again,” she said. “We can rent a formal dress for $15 a night.”

She also has a tuxedo available for renting.

VanLeuven and her mother always are on the lookout for clothing and other items. The duo took a car trip to Colorado and stopped in small town. They even shop at yard sales.

“We went to quaint little boutiques and other shops,” she said.

VanLeuven said all donated items are washed and ironed before being displayed on her clothing racks.

“I even scrub the soles of the shoes,” she said.

On donated items, VanLeuven places an orange sticker on the ticket with the proceeds going to South Kitsap Helpline.

“When they are sold, the ticket is saved and the money goes to the food bank,” she said.

VanLeuven said her store offers a layaway plan for customers.

“I am willing to do whatever I can to help the community,” she said.

VanLeuven said when she was younger she hated shopping, but now loves it.

“I like to shop, any type of shopping,” she said. “But I always get a good deal because I learned from my mom. She is quite a shopper.”

The store, located at 1341 Bay St., is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed Sundays and Mondays.

For more information, call 360-443-6950.