A recent (and welcome) addition to the Mill Valley downtown shopping scene: Mint, a worldly and eclectic source for quality housewares, children's toys and clothing, apothecary items (Saipua soaps), and not-seen-everywhere gifts. Owner Cecile Ruby Wong (a NY transplant who formerly worked with Maria Cornejo of Zero) chose Mill Valley as her destination "because people here appreciate anything that breathes quality, whether it's farm-fresh food or products made with love. That's important, because we focus on design-centric products with a past, present, and most of all, a future."
For location and store hours, go to Mint.
Above: Wong chose the store's name for its connotation of freshness, "but also because I like the word's more active meanings: to create or fabricate."
Above: A mix of vintage (reclaimed wood shelves) and new animates the interior; a large wall-mounted sea fan functions as decor.
Above: Hand-embroidered linen pillows from Coral & Tusk (founded by RISD grad Stephanie Housely); prices start at $70.
Above: The fluffy alpaca bears from Peru start at $35 for the small size. The handmade, one-of-kind Fredericks & Mae arrows are $90 each (and feature a blunt tip).
Above: Fog Linen kitchen cloths are $12 each; the knitted organic wool mushroom rattle is $28.
Above: A set of 11 carved wood mushrooms from Germany is $56.
Above: The Atsuyo et Akiko linen pillow is $76.
Above: The Scottish handwoven wool blanket by Donna Wilson for SCP is $270 (more patterns available).
Photos by Janet Hall.