Mint is owned and operated by me, Rachel Mallis (far right). I am the oldest of four. I am pictured above with my two sisters. My brother is more elusive. I am a college student majoring in art. I have been making jewelry since I was ten years old when my grandmother brought my sister Alexis (left) and I to a bead shop to create our own earrings. I was hooked! Jewelry is probably my biggest passion, but I love to create pretty much anything. I also sew, paint, multi-media, revamp furniture, etc... I'll do pretty much anything artistic except drawing. I was not blessed with that particular talent. Alexis and Julianna (center) are great at it though.
The company name, Mint, is an idea that has been bouncing around in my head for a while. Mint is a color that I love, but it's also a flavor and scent that I love. It's fresh and classic but also exciting. My dream is to have everyone living what I call the "Mint lifestyle". Simply, living with a fresh perspective, unique style, love of life, and the confidence to be oneself.
This philosophy is also expressed in the second part of my company name. If you look at the web address, this is MintMonarch.com. Monarch is referring to the butterfly, an inspiration that came from my honorary third sister, Morgan. Morgan was free spirited, fun-loving, generous, loving girl, and Alexis' best friend. In 2012, Morgan was studying abroad in Indonesia and helping young children there learn English. While on a weekend vacation at the beach, she drowned. It was a hard and devastating time. She left a hole in our hearts that can never be filled. Morgan loved butterflies and had the spirit and beauty of one. Morgan wanted to help, and I do too. This is where I drew inspiration from, from Morgan.