MEET THE TEAM

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NATALIE COULTER
founder, creative director

Other titles:
Personality Test Junkie, Brainstorming Machine, Professional Dreamer

Why do you love what you do at Mint & Maple? 
I love that I get to be creative and that I get to wear a lot of different hats. Every day looks a little different, and I get to work with lots of wonderful people and a great team. I get so much joy teaching people skills to explore their creative side they accidentally neglect for years. Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention I love being my own boss for the flexibility and spontaneity it gives me!

Personality type? 
ENFP – “The Creative Idealist” (and Enneagram 7 if you're wondering)

Where do you find creative inspiration? 
I love going somewhere new and experiencing new things, even the seemingly insignificant things like a new hotel, a new museum or new area I’ve yet to explore.

Favorite Austin spot? 
Turkey Creek Trail in northwest Austin is a definite go-to.  Josh and I love taking our little Aussie dog, Riley, because it's an off leash trail. 

Favorite artist? 
Cy Twombly – if you haven’t been to his gallery at the Menil in Houston, you should go when you get the chance!

Favorite coffee shop? 
Mañana in the South Congress Hotel - hands down! Not only do they make excellent coffee, but the ambience always inspires me to create.

What's your secret talent? 
This is going to sound really random, but I usually know what month people are born in. I can just feel it. I tend categorize people in my head with what season they’re born in. Don't ask me when or how I started going this, but it's always been something I've done!

 

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JANIE LELAND
Logistics and Communication Manager

Other titles:
Professional Instagram Vlogger, Ultimate Question-Asker, Administrative Wizard.

Why do you love what you do at Mint & Maple?
I have a dream job. I love being a part of the ultimate all-girl creative squad, in the cutest white house studio, working for a mission I believe in. I am constantly thinking of ways to inspire creativity in other people's lives, pushing me to do the same in my own. Working for a small business means boots on the ground, but it allows me to learn something new every day. Not to mention the stocked fridge full of Kombucha, a Nespresso machine in the studio and team lunches on the reg!

Personality type?
7 on the Enneagram -- The Enthusiast.

Where do you find creative inspiration?
Cooking, running, working, being on-the-go. Sounds counterintuitive, but after a long week of busyness, I feel most inspired to take a deep breath, decompress and tap into my creativity. I love to rest by art journaling, making a floral arrangement or visiting the Blanton.

Favorite Austin spot?
Central Market. This little hub has everything you could ever want: beautiful flowers, Texas Pecan coffee, samples galore, $0.72 Topo Chico and many employees-turned-friends.

Where are you from?
Originally from North Carolina, but I moved to Austin 5 years ago to go to UT.

Favorite place you ever traveled?
Japan! I got to visit Osaka and Kyoto during the crux of Autumn -- the trees were gorgeous colors of red, orange and yellow. The cities are clean and orderly, the people are kind and the sushi is endless.

What’s your secret talent?
I can slalom ski ;)


Photography by Katie Jameson