by: Rita A. Leonard, At the Swimsuit Warehouse, General Manager Amy Stell helps customers select affordable swimwear for the whole family

For those who swim, 'The Swimsuit Warehouse' is a tucked-away treasure in Brooklyn's business community. Located at 1212-B S.E. Powell Boulevard, the small shop is a actually wholesale warehouse -- shipping affordable swimwear and accessories all across the United States.

General Manager Amy Stell says, 'We found we had lots of extra room and inventory, so we decided to open a retail area, too. We're open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 11:05 am to 5:15 pm. On Saturdays, we're open from 10:15 am until 5:05 pm.'

This shop is wedged between the Subway Restaurant and the Brooklyn Studio/Gallery, east of the Berlin Inn, and offers swimwear and accessories priced from $3 to $25. 'We offer women's 1- and 2-piece suits ('plus' sizes, too) and sarongs; men's shorts, briefs, and jammers; boys' and girls' swimwear; and swim-racing gear such as

goggles, nose plugs, caps, and hand paddles,' says Stell. 'A lot of our stock comes from local manufacturers. Our motto is: 'No frills; just great products for low prices'.'

Indeed, quality swimwear and accessories are offered there at eye-popping low prices, and an on-site dressing room allows customers to try on items before purchase. 'We offer items for sale while supplies last, although our prices and our hours may change,' says Stell. 'We store some fabric here, along with racks of retail items, and slip-on footwear for pool-side use. We're just seeing how things work out.'

The Swimsuit Warehouse's telephone number is 503/235-8126; or just come in and have a look around.

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