After years of involvement in the Toronto retail scene, Lisa Anderson recently launched her own fashion and housewares store in the Distillery District. Mint Boutique opened its doors last December, just in time to ring in the New Year of 2013 in style. Nestled beside the new condominium development on Cherry Street and Tank House Lane, Mint Boutique lives on Rack House Mews in the core of the Distillery. This new addition to the historical Distillery District is an embodiment of the neighbourhood’s multi-dimensional nature as not only a rich destination for tourism, but also a thriving community to live. Mint Boutique always stocks new merchandise, so that local Distillery dwellers can rely on swinging by the shop to find fresh style staples.
Lisa’s bright assistant, Zandra testifies that Lisa truly pulls from the relationships she has made in the industry. Her fashion expertise and brand knowledge are reflected in all the unique pieces offered in the store. Lisa puts her heart into researching and selecting all of the ready-to-wear fashion, accessories and housewares by hand. She supports local artisans and thoroughly learns all the brands, so customers can buy confidently from Mint.
The boutique features a balance of both high profile labels and more classified brands. Some of the well-known designers include 7 for All Mankind, Splendid and Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow. Mint Boutique also features some designers that are exclusive to Toronto, as well as other unique brands.
Among the more exclusive brands available at Mint is Mar y sol, whose bright handbags and accessories are handmade in Madagascar and translate beautifully to summer in the city. Mint Boutique is also proud to offer Alternative Apparel, which is known for easy-to-wear, unisex styles, and its refusal to use harsh dyes and sweat shops.
The brand MZ Wallace was the brainchild of two New York design students inspired to create women’s diaper bags to meet the standards of both practicality and style. Designed by women for women, Mint offers several of the Teflon-coated nylon pieces that are even complete with fuchsia interiors to combat the eternal challenge of losing items in the depths of one’s purse.
Whether the pieces are from well-known brands or local artisans, all of them are meant to last. Mint Boutique is committed to offering the ultimate fashion staples that can be worn and loved forever.
Also offered on Mint’s shelves are a unique variety of housewares. Artistically shaped oil and vinegar carafes are hand-blown in New York by NYCruets. These elegant pieces are perfectly complimented by cheese boards made by The Toy Maker of Lunenberg. The Nova Scotia based company designs cutting boards using actual planking used in the restoration of the Lunenberg, the Canadian iconic ship that has been pictured on the dime since 1937.
Currently, Mint Boutique is preparing for a pop-up art show on May 16, during which the store will host Toronto artist and designer, Lori Harrison, with her latest work. The idea is to kick off Artfest in the Distillery, for customers to meet the artist, sip some wine at the reception, and enjoy the beautiful artwork and fashion. This art show follows up Mint’s successful Step Into Spring event in March, where the store featured a nail pampering station and the opportunity to explore the shop’s brands with friends.
Lisa and Zandra of Mint Boutique are excited to bring retail therapy to growing Distillery, and are not deterred by the condo project occurring outside the front door. Since its grand opening, Mint has been welcomed by the neighbourhood’s familial community of creative businesses, tweeting and cross promoting one another online. With Cherry Street being rerouted in the fall, with a new entrance complete with a TTC stop to link the city’s east and west ends, Mint Boutique is set to lie in the heart of the action. The talented women behind Mint are excited to see the Distillery’s restoration and expansion being “done right.” Once it’s complete, they are looking forward to enjoying the full effect of Mint Boutique’s prime location.
Post written by Alex Franceschini on April 25, 2013.