Hi, I'm Nickie! I'm a thirty-something residing in Chicago, Illinois. I'm passionate about seeking adventure, creative activities and food inspired by travel and community. 

I've spent most of my adult life in Portland, Oregon and my professional career on the road as a business consultant traveling througohut the United States.  


Although I consider myself a West Coast girl, I was born and raised in the 419, a small rural farm town in northwest Ohio. 

I graduated from The Ohio State University (HUGE Buckeyes fan!!) after a short stint studying abroad in Bath, England—my first international travel experience, I fell prey to the "travel bug."

I’ve since traveled more than 25 countries and regions across three continents, and 32 states in the United States. Travel and exploring is one of my favorite things to do when I can find the time, and sharing those adventures with you is one of the reasons I created this blog.

What is with the name harberdashery?

In 2010, my husband and I married. (I call it the “year of the hyphen.”) That's when I added his last name to my already lengthy six-letter last name, Harber.

Shortly thereafter I began graduate school and earned the nickname “Dash” from a professor who grew tired of calling on me by my 14-letter hyphenated last name every single time I raised my hand.

It stuck and inspired me to name my blog harberdashery.

Harberdashery (with an 'r'), like a haberdashery (without an 'r') is a British term for a store with small wares, notions or sundries. But instead a notion as used by this blog is meant as a concept, idea or belief. Harberdashery is full of notions in regard to my travel and culinary adventures (which are often inspired by my travel).

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N. Harber-Frankart is the author, owner ("Owner") and content producer of this blog. All photography used on this website belongs to the Owner. Any views or opinions represented in this blog are personal to the Owner and do not represent the people, institutions or organizations that the Owner may or may not be associated with in professional or personal capacity, unless explicitly stated. Any transactions or engagement on this site are with the Owner. Please send any comments, feedback, replies or thoughts via twitter @saysdash or facebook @harberdashery, or follow the author/owner on Instagram @harberdashery. 

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