Monday, July 11, 2011

minty keen

Minty Keen is a relatively new shop in downtown Grand Rapids.  Angie, the adorable owner, has lots of great vintage--mostly furniture and home decor items, but some great dresses, too!  (Love the one shown above.)

The storefront, with that awesome yellow tandem bike parked on the left.

The shop is open and airy, but chock-full of beautifully displayed items.  And it's not just vintage--there are items for sale from local artisans like the Beerhorst family and artgoodies.

This neat old window with a metal bird attached to it caught my eye.  If you're in Grand Rapids, you should definitely check the shop out!  (Minty Keen is located here.)  Angie also has a nice little Etsy shop.

After stopping by Minty Keen on Saturday (we were dropping off a few dresses for Angie to sell for us), we headed out for our now-regular pinball date. Grand Rapids (in this respect alone reminding me very much of NYC) tends to empty out on summer weekends as everyone heads up to their cottages.  So we mostly had the Pyramid Scheme--and our favorite game, Bride of Pinbot--to ourselves.  I wore this 1950s cotton floral print day dress.

You can see the print a little better here, as well as the cute little fabric loops which decorate the neckline and the pockets.  I'm also wearing a heart locket that I've had since I was a child.

Funny story:  there's an ivy-covered wall across the street from the Pyramid Scheme that is pretty much the perfect spot for photos.  We've taken more than a couple there.  Last time we played pinball I saw a group of three young hipsters take some shots there.  And on Saturday, well...a dude with a camera and a gal in hot pants, halter top, and high heels got out of their car and proceeded to take some shots.  I didn't get to see the whole shoot (I was playing pinball) but at one point, I saw the woman putting her top back on.  I don't know if she was merely changing into a new outfit or taking photos au naturel, but it was pretty funny.  They hopped back in their car and took off rather quickly after that.  I guess all kinds of people see the beauty in an ivy-covered brick wall.



  1. Minty Keen looks wonderful! That first dress stopped me in my tracks; the color is so beautiful. And that's too funny about the ivy-covered wall! It really does seem perfect for photos, though, whether they're tame outfit shots or something a big more risque. Yikes! ;)

  2. That shop looks pretty awesome. Your pictures always make me want to visit Grand Rapids!

  3. what a cute little shop in such a great building, don't you just want small earth in some great old building like that?

    love your necklace!

  4. Nice shop--will definitely check it out if I'm ever in the area. The dress you wore on your pinball date is so cute, love the details and cut of the neckline--so flattering.

  5. Looks like such a cute shop! The floral print on your dress is cute, too!

  6. You are lucky to have a sweet shop like that in your neck of the woods. And I am so happy to see your sweet locket!

  7. I'll have to check out that little shop next time I'm in your neck of the mitten! btw, that dress looks adorable on you, love the bodice!

  8. Such a cool post...that blue and pink dress used to be mine (got a few good wears!), but I gave it to Angie after I bought a couple of other vintage pieces from her store =)


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