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We’re back on the grid with classes and we are kicking off August with a BEGINNING MACRAMÉ WALL HANGING CLASS. This class will lay out the basics for beginners and then introduce more advanced techniques as needed. No prior skills needed. Space is limited to 10 people and includes all of the necessary materials plus a drink and treats. To see images from our previous classes CLICK HERE!



PRICE: $55

Macrame Class at The Nest

The Nest Dresses Mark Estee

The Nest Dresses Mark Estee

We are so stoked to have none other than Mark Estee on the blog! We had just gotten in a TON of vintage Hawaiian shirts and were wondering, “Who has the personality and spunk to really do these babies justice?” Duh. Mark is not only a pillar in this community, but he has a great, relaxed attitude and style with a bit of spunk to keep it interesting. He was gracious enough to take some time out of his day to model some of our great vintage Hawaiian shirts and to answer a few of our most burning questions…

As one of Reno’s most well-known local celebrities, we are so honored that you would take the time to shoot with us! We all know that you are an amazing chef and have opened up some of Reno’s best restaurants, but just in case we have anyone new to town that doesn’t know of your Reno rockstar status, let us know a bit about you and what you do here in town!

I have been in the region since January 1996. I was at the Hyatt in Incline then Truckee from 1999 to 2010, and in Reno from 2010 to now! I own a few restaurants in town and in the region. They are all part of the Reno Local Food Group. Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, Liberty Events, Liberty Meats, Chez Louie, The Union in Carson City and Overland in Gardnerville.

Sounds like fun, right? It is for sure. I am a big supporter of using local food and products. I love to see our team members succeed, and it brings me great joy when they become partners, buy houses, start families and/or their own businesses!

Food is one thing that stresses me out so much because it’s hard to know where it’s coming from and how “natural” it actually is! What advice do you have for people who want to eat clean, healthy and local but also may be on a budget or need it to be convenient?

Asking questions is the best way: Where is this from? Who made this? What are the ingredients?  If you get to know who you are buying from you can solve a ton of worry! I eat as clean as I can and support as much local in my life and businesses, but I also eat some pho or down-and-dirty food late at night, and I can promise you it is not local or organic!!! But at least I know! Try to strike a balance is what I suggest.  Also, the Great Basin Food Co-op, in my opinion, is the best place to start. They do all the sourcing work for you!

You’re all about sustainability and keeping it local when it comes to food. We apply the same sentiments when it comes to fashion and furniture! In what ways (other than eating!) do you apply these principles in your daily life?

100% I am kinda weird about my little bubble. My friends are always like, “You only go 1 mile from where you live to do anything!” Maybe I am old-fashioned, but I like the idea that I live downtown, and I have a community that I live in and support. I am not the food police by any means; I can only suggest that we all eat as much local, healthy, simple and seasonal food as we can. No one is perfect, so as long as we try and we choose with our money, I think we will make this community better!!

We think you have great style and can pull off stuff that most guys would be hesitant about--like vintage Hawaiian shirts! Are they something you would regularly wear or at least would consider wearing now that you’ve seen how fun they are?

You are waaaayyyyyyy too kind to me! My style is no style, so that works for me. I loved the shirts I got to wear for the shoot. I am big fan of kooky socks and have about 12 pairs of purple, pink, and peach pants that I wear all the time! I am a fan of cool glasses now that I need them. I like to switch it up as most days I start at 7am and end after 11pm, so sometimes I do a quick change!!! I also think I am coming to see you and get you to style me out with some XL shirts and kick ass cool vintage duds!!

The Nest Dresses Mark Estee

Well, there you have it ladies and gentlemen: Mark Estee! Try one (or all of his restaurants), eat local and come into The Nest for some great vintage Hawaiian shirts among other things. They look great on the ladies too—as seen on Ciara here! Just tie them up in front and wear with your favorite pair of denim shorts for a summery look!

Vintage Hawaiian Shirt at The Nest

My Dad Is Rad

My Dad and me at The Nest Vintage Store

My dad doesn’t really like getting his picture taken, but you should know that he is rad. Did you know that he put his retirement into getting me started at my first business, Budget Used Furniture, and then into buying the building that you now know as The Nest? Now, I’m no trust-funder, let’s get that straight right now. My dad worked as a craps dealer for 35 years and risked A LOT in putting his financial safety net behind a 22 year old with no business experience whatsoever. If that’s not love and believing in someone wholeheartedly, then I don’t know what is. And me? That was A LOT of pressure, so I worked my butt off to pay him back.

Anyone remember when The Nest looked like this before I rolled up my sleeves and went to town?

Anyone remember when The Nest looked like this before I rolled up my sleeves and went to town?

When I graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Spanish and Philosophy (useful, eh?), I came back home but didn’t know what career I wanted to pursue. I knew I needed to give my brain a rest though, so I started working at Harrah’s doing valet. Welp, it didn’t take long before I was begging to use my brain again (although I was in really good shape!), and my dad suggested that I look into owning my own business. At first, I thought he was crazy since I had just turned 22 and had no business experience whatsoever. But after working in a casino for so long and dealing with bosses and corporations who don’t care about their employees whatsoever, I could see where he was coming from.

We went through the Big Nickel together (am I dating myself here?) and circled a few businesses to go look at. The first was a used furniture store. Now, normally I’m a pretty risk averse person, but for whatever reason, two weeks later I owned that business. It was kind of a whirlwind, and honestly I can’t really remember what in the heck I was thinking, but I did it, and now I sure am glad! My dad spotted me the money to buy the business, and I paid him back after a few years. Then through a crazy turn of events including a divorce, the death of my mom, the birth of my son and even trying to sell Budget Used Furniture to a guy who ended up being wanted for so many counts of fraud that when the money for the sale never came through, I had to call the cops and they ended up arresting him after a car chase that closed a local middle school down for a couple hours (yes, that really happened!). Through all of that, I somehow ended up here at this thriving vintage store, The Nest, on Keystone, and I am so grateful. And my dad began the whole saga with a simple, “You should think about owning your own business” then a not-so-simple financing of a business to a naive (but driven!) twenty-something.

And if that weren’t enough, he watches my son at least two days a week, so I can get into the shop and make it cozy for all of you lovely people. They are best buds, and I’m honestly not sure what they would do without each other.

So, Dad, you’re the best, and I owe all of my success to your believing in me.

Your turn for a Dad Brag. Tell me about your dad and how he has been important in your life. Then bring him on into the shop for 20% off store-wide on Father’s Day!

Edible Reno Tahoe Magazine Features Me!

Photo by Shaun Hunter

Photo by Shaun Hunter

Remember those textile painting classes I did with Casey Sibley before she moved? Those were fun, eh? So fun that Edible Reno Tahoe Magazine decided to interview me for a spot on Tea Towels. Read on for why tea towels are so popular as an artist’s canvas nowadays and tips and tricks on how to make them!

Why do I love them?

A cute tea towel can make your whole kitchen,” says Tessa Dee Miller, who owns The Nest in Reno, a vintage boutique that also has hosted tea-towel-painting classes. “It’s the equivalent of a pillow as a home décor accessory. They are a great, noncommittal way to dress up your kitchen.
Photo by Shaun Hunter

Photo by Shaun Hunter

Raise your hand if you are interested in doing more textile painting classes! Tea towels? Scarves? What textile do you want to learn how to paint?

The Reno Social Podcast Features Me!

I was on my first podcast, y’all! I was honored to be invited on to The Reno Social Podcast by Sommer and Sam to talk about how I got started, how I try to balance being a business owner and a mom and more.

Tessa Dee Miller of The Nest on The Reno Social Podcast

A little BTS here… Sommer’s house is adorable! We were set up on the dining room table, and if it weren’t for the microphones and laptops, it wouldn’t have been any different than just chatting away with some good friends. These gals are super smart, spunky and obviously have good taste in guests. ;)

Check out this episode on Apple Podcasts or on SoundCloud and then subscribe to their podcast to get to know some pretty amazing business owners and people in our area!

Are you a regular podcast listener? What are some of your favorite podcasts? My all-time favorite: Invisibilia.

Happy Mother's Day!

Being a mom is no picnic. Well, except for when it is…

Photo by  Kendall Town

Photo by Kendall Town

Being a mom tests you in every way imaginable. And once you think you’ve finally mastered it, you end up realizing that this is only a stage, and now that it’s completed, the next phase of navigating uncharted territories begins. It’s like that kid of yours who still eats with his hands and can’t wipe his own butt is actually a wise, omniscient teacher that knows when you’ve learned your lesson and is on to teaching you the next one. He’s constantly ready to break you down and challenge everything you know about life. But then in the next moment, he throws his arms around your neck, tells you that he loves you and you slowly start to rebuild your parental confidence with a much stronger foundation and a clearer picture of what is really important in life.

Photo by  Kendall Town

Photo by Kendall Town

One of the biggest lessons I’ve been learning is that you have to put your own gas mask on first.

As contrary as it is to what society tells us about putting your kids first, you can’t pour from an empty cup. And as any mom can tell you, these kids demand a lot of full glasses of milk. Much easier said than done, I know, especially with all of our cultural pressures, but self-care is trending and for good reason. I notice that if I can get 20 minutes of yoga in in the morning, my patience for tantrums and pee getting everywhere in the bathroom except for in the damn toilet doubles.

Photo by  Kendall Town

Photo by Kendall Town

Second, you’re not going to do it perfectly.

You’re going to screw up. A LOT. And that’s ok. Just do your best—and perhaps set aside some extra money in the college fund for therapy.

Photo by  Kendall Town

Photo by Kendall Town

And last but not least, enjoy every damn minute of it. As cliché as it sounds, it really does go by so fast.

The last time I saw my own mom in the flesh was five and a half years ago. It seems like eons ago. The time passes quickly and reminds me to try to treasure every moment I can with my son and really everyone that I care about. We are never promised another day and should live accordingly: with grace, compassion and playfulness—never taking anything for granted.

Photo by  Kendall Town

Photo by Kendall Town

This Mother’s Day, love on your mom and kids for me, will ya?

And this year, as a way for me to love on all of you—mommas and offspring— please take advantage of a free professional portrait with your mom and fam graciously taken by Epics Photo Booth.

See, I didn’t take as many photos of my mom or with her as I wish I did. It just never occurred to me that one day she would be gone. To honor my mom, let me give you the gift of not making the same mistake as I did. I will never again capture a snapshot of that infectious laugh where she threw her head back and laughed so hard she couldn’t stop crying, but if your mom is still around, then you can. So please do. For me.

Sunday, May 12th, 12-3pm at The Nest.