The Harberdasher

I'm a thirty-something residing in Portland, Oregon (United States). I have spent most of my professional life on the road as a business consultant. 

Nickie Harber-Frankart (Dash), The Harberdasher

I was born and raised in the 419, in a small rural farm town in northwest Ohio. 

I graduated from The Ohio State University (I'm a HUGE Buckeyes fan!!) with bachelors' degrees psychology and English after a short stint studying abroad in Bath, England during the summer of 2002—my first international travel experience. There, 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. I consider myself a seasoned traveler, and it is one of my favorite things to do when I have time. Travel also inspires other parts of my life.

In 2005, I moved to Oregon with my now husband. We drove across the country from Columbus, Ohio to Portland, and arrived mid January in a 15-foot U-Haul with a few of our most beloved possessions and a car named Rhonda in tow. We had no place to live, no money and didn't know anyone. I had just quit my first "real job" at a marketing agency and my partner was starting out as a software engineer.

Fast forward to today and it has been one big adventure. 

What this Blog Is About

Harberdashery is a lifestyle blog that I created to:

  • Advance my craft;
  • Share my adventures; and
  • Connect with family, friends and other people around the world.

I share ideas about life, travel and food (often inspired by travel)—mostly things that interest me or are my hobbies.

WhaT'S WITH the blog's name?

My husband and I were happily coupled for seven years before we officially tied the knot in 2010—also known as the “year of the hyphen,” adding his last name to my already six-letter last name, Harber.

Shortly thereafter I began graduate school to earn a master's degree in business administration. And, it was in my managerial decision-making course I earned the nickname “Dash” from a professor who grew tired of calling me by my 14-letter hyphenated last name every single time I raised my hand.

I ran with it.

HaRberdashery, like a HABERdashery is kept by a haberdasher, is managed by me Dash (a.k.a. Nickie). It is mainly a British term for a store with small wares, notions or sundries. But for Harberdashery, a notion [noh-shuh n] is a concept, idea or belief, and I intend to fill this blog with them.

Come back and read more. And don't forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


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