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Don't Be Shy, It's Time To Mingle

Union Street, despite its Marina trappings, is becoming more and more of a fashion destination. One of the latest additions to the neighborhood, Mingle, has no trouble attracting fashionistas from both near and far.

Store owner Mimi Ting, a bundle of energy and sass in her own right, personally selects which emerging local designers to showcase, "We provide a fun way for local designers to reach new people, and showcase their work along with some of their equally-talented peers. It's really a community -- some of my designers are also great customers!"

Everything in the store reflects the hottest styles and trends, but does so with unique twists to guarantee originality, "I wanted to create a store experience where customers would have a reason to regularly come back. We carry a limited amount of items from each designer, so there's always something fresh and new." And since many of the items are one-of-a-kind, you know you can wear them without having to worry about showing up at a cocktail party and spotting someone else in the same outfit.

Mingle doesn't discriminate -- you'll find fashion for both men and women -- everything from flirty dresses, urban wear, and stylish denim to fun jewelry, handbags and sexy underthings! Designers of the moment include Caffeine Culture, House of Mamasan, Erin Mahoney, Spare Change Designs, Cookie and the Dude, Porcelynne Lingerie, and more. Don't forget that new items and fashions arrive almost daily to keeps things refreshingly hip and now. Some of Mingle's designers already have loyal followings in New York and LA; Michelle Frantz's Hand Maid line, for instance, is the new choice of bag among Hollywood's celebrity set!

As if shopping wasn't enough, Mingle also takes advantage of its wallspace to showcase provocative paintings and photography that rotate each month. Make sure to sign up for Mingle's fun newsletter to keep abreast of receptions and other happenings at the store.

Mimi and her sales staff are all about the experience and they've made Mingle into something much more than a cute boutique. It's a place to shop, of course, but it's also about meeting friends, the interaction of arts and fashion, having fun and smiling at life. On the Mingle website, there's a definition of the word: "To mix or bring together in combination, usually without loss of individual characteristics." I couldn't say it better myself.