Last week, Washington City Paper published its annual “Best of D.C.” list and per usual, it didn’t disappoint. I’m partial to this particular campaign over all others in the city for a couple reasons. First, because every year when I see copies in the newsstands, I’m reminded of my first ever internship, which happened to be in the Marketing Department at the newspaper. My first look into the world of marketing included canvassing around town with a bag full of freebies, trying to educate local shops about promoting themselves to win categories in the contest. And second, because the ‘Best of’ list never fails to introduce me to a slew of new restaurants and shops to check out.
This year, nomad yard collectiv — a place I’ve been really eager to visit since it opened a couple months ago — won best vintage shop in the city. I’ve seen and heard nothing but good things about this place, so their winning was a much-needed push to finally get up and go. It’s located just a block away from Union Market, so I was able to drop by the market for some Korean BBQ tacos at TaKorean and some cocktails at the soda shop-style counter at Buffalo & Bergen, before heading over.
I can definitely see why nomad yard won in the vintage category. Every inch of the shop contains some gorgeous or interesting item, from the printed dresses dangling in the front of the shop to the gilded frames displayed in random corners of the store, and even the old copies of Newsweek I happened to stumble upon. I didn’t leave with anything, but my fingers are crossed that the floor terrarium I spied in one of the rooms there is still around when I return! Really looking forward to stopping by again and seeing what types of events end up being thrown here.