Mint L.A. Boutique owner, Rebekah Risbeck, noticed that downtown Des Moines was missing the mark with a large market of female shoppers, and decided to change it. She realized that there was nowhere downtown where young professionals could find trendy clothing at affordable prices. Risbeck opened Mint L.A. mid-May after winning a contest held by AP Lofts, in which entrepreneurs presented their concept and idea for a live/work space. After growing up in Des Moines, Risbeck moved to Los Angeles to attend college at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and ended up living there for almost 10 years, working in the fashion industry. Thanks to the strong industry relationships she forged during her time in California, she is able to bring fashion-forward clothing here at great prices.
While Des Moines has no shortage of great shopping, Mint L.A. seems to fill that niche for females who want to stay trendy while not breaking the bank. Even better, Risbeck gets in small quantities of new product weekly, which helps avoided the dreaded, “She’s wearing my shirt/dress/outfit” dilemma. At Mint L.A. you can shop in a no-pressure-to-buy environment, although you will likely be walking out with several new items, as her prices and pieces are hard to resist.
On my first visit, I left with a pair of printed shorts and black cropped zip up pants, with my total bill right around $50. Both items were similar to ones I’d been lusting for from Shopbop, which would have ended up costing me at least five times as much. Since then I’ve added a sequin top to my Mint L.A. finds, and I’ve got my eye on a black romper that would be perfect for a girls night out, and a black and white striped top similar to one I’ve been eyeing from Topshop. While at first glance some of Mint L.A.’s items may only seem appropriate for after work and weekend occasions, with a little bit of creativity many could be made work-appropriate by adding a blazer on top or other similar piece.
Stop by Mint L.A. boutique next time you’re near downtown or heading to the Farmers Market, as she is open Monday-Saturday 11 am-7 pm. Find her at 340 SW 5th St #122, in Downtown Des Moines, and on Facebook and Twitter.