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November 20, 2009 17:54 ET

Hint Mint House: Hint Mint's 10th Anniversary Pop-Up Store in Venice, CA Is Now Open

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 20, 2009) - Hint Mint opens its new 10th Anniversary pop-up store, ready to kick-start the holiday season in Los Angeles! Located at 1650 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, CA, the Hint Mint House opened on Monday, November 16th, and stays open every day until Dec. 31st. In addition to the retail store, the space also houses an art gallery, complimentary mint bar, and will be the venue for a series of special events in November and December.

The gallery highlights the art of the Limited Edition Artist Series, Hint Mint's annual program where the artist creates original pieces inspired by the classic mint flavors; the artwork is then printed on the tins in a limited run. "The Limited Edition Artist Series has truly been a defining program for Hint Mint," said Harley Cross, Hint Mint's co-founder. "It was the perfect combination of art and commerce for us, and it's a great way for the artist's fans to expand their collections. We want the public to get to know the artists at our in-store special events, as well as introduce the Artist Series program to a wider audience."

As this year's Artist Series partner, the acclaimed artist James Jean's sketches, prints, and selected other works will be on display along with merchandise for sale. The gallery also features renowned members of the Hint Mint family: Gary Baseman, Shag, Glenn Barr, and Owen Smith. Art lovers now have a new insider spot in Los Angeles for exclusive signed prints, books, and collectibles; the complete set of signed tinplate prints makes an ideal gift for collectors this Christmas, and is available only through Hint Mint.

The first official Hint Mint House event is Friday, Nov. 20th. "Drinking & Drawing With Gary Baseman" is an interactive art-making cocktail party hosted by the famed Los Angeles artist Gary Baseman. Characters from his paintings will mingle with live models for the guests to sketch (art supplies provided by Hint Mint). The open bar is sponsored by Blue Ice Vodka and Izze Soda, Marcin Nadolny will be creating live video art for the projection wall, and our house DJ will be spinning in the yard.

All events are free admission, but RSVP is required. The calendar of events and the pop-up blog are online at, where guests can also RSVP for all events. Los Angeles now has the only Hint Mint retail location in the world this holiday season; full of original artwork, apparel, limited edition toys, books, and a rotating selection of unique products designed by Hint Mint's Limited Edition artists. Of course, Hint Mint House is fully stocked with all the flavors of Hint Mint, the perfect chic stocking stuffer for discerning friends and family!

Hint Mint House
1650 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
Nov. 16th to Dec. 31st
10AM to 8PM

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About Hint Mint:

Hint Mint was founded in 1999 by Harley Cross and Cooper Bates, both actors who had met years earlier on the set of a film. By the summer of 2000, the world's finest breath mints were first introduced to a select public. Created to be a model of fine design and discerning taste, the Hint Mint name was soon known as the only breath mint worthy of being touted as a fashion accessory. The tin was a petite work of art: subtly curved, slide to open, and printed with a sophisticated art nouveau design. Inspired by a 1920s cigarette case, the Hint Mint package was so unique and coveted it had to be patented to protect its likeness. The Original Designer Mint was born, and the mints were an instant success with trendsetters around the world.

The Hollywood elite decided long ago to carry Classic Hint Mint on OSCAR and EMMY nights as an accessory to their designer gowns and suits. They are appreciated by artists and gourmands around the world, and even kept as collectibles. The tins can be found in gourmet retailers and luxury hotels around the world, but the true testament to Hint Mint's ability to transcend the market is that some of the most exclusive fashion, art, and design retailers carry the collection (Colette in Paris; Harvey Nichols in London; Giant Robot in Los Angeles; and Sony Plaza in Tokyo, to name a few). Hint Mint is honored to be celebrating their 10th anniversary, and looks forward to many more years of artistry as The Original Designer Mint.

Contact Information

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    Sue Chiang
    Hint Mint House
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    Direct: 213.820.5820