Each item – lamp, couch, coffee table, you-name-it – is hand picked, then picked up by Tessa in her old, blue pick-up truck. She's the girl who left Santa Clara, California and never went back.
The Nest — vintage furniture and fashion
Each item – lamp, couch, coffee table, you-name-it – is hand picked, then picked up by Tessa in her old, blue pick-up truck. She’s the girl who left Santa Clara, California and never went back.
“I LIKE TO HOLD RANDOM STUFF…“
It’s difficult to write anything about The Nest – Reno’s hotshot vintage furniture shop – without starting with it’s big cheese, head- honcho: Tessa.
Pretty, bewitching, little, Tessa.
The Nest is the union of half her living room, half the windmills of her creative mind. In the Nest it feels as though it were an enormous living room. Be their guest.
Once at an neighborhood estate sale in Northwest Reno, my gentle, sweet mother sorely informed me how a nice bedside book table she really liked was swiftly taken away (she lost focus for three seconds) by a “strong, little, girl who carried the table by herself.” I went out to see who took it and saw Tessa mounting the table on the back of her blue truck.
One of the most cherished things about owning your small business is you do not have to deal with slowpoke committees. The disdain for bureaucracy is the foremost motivation for many small business owners. That’s why going to The Nest is a refreshing experience. You see Tessa’s hand in everything: from the ceiling lighting, furniture selection, rare clothing styles, classically designed lamps, to it’s make-shift embroidery & restoration work station. “All the stuff here is my style”.
It’s grandma’s attic re-discovered.
If you’ve never been to The Nest but have seen their ads in local magazines, perhaps like me, you might have had an unbalanced image of the store and owner. Pretty girls in flowery dresses sitting on vintage couches in somebody else’s large backyard, fashion shows, surrounded by really hip locals.
On the day I talked to her, she just got back from Paris. Yes, she is pretty swell.
But that’s half of the story. She has a really old, beat up pick up truck. Aside from being the chief business girl and fashion model, and nine to five manager; most of her take-out furniture are personally delivered by Tessa. After hours.
At 22 yrs. old, Tessa started and operated Budget Used Furniture at Sparks, NV. She later sold it, but not after years of juggling The Nest and BUF (insane). Born and raised in Reno, she graduated from Santa Clara university, then decided to come back home to start the “vintage recycling movement”. I can’t help but admire the vision as Tessa could have just as easily made it in a bigger city like San Jose. But she’s a fan of Reno. A religious follower of the underground art scene, many of her business social events are tied with local artists.
When I ask her about why she cares about Reno so much, she had a quick response, “super underrated.”
What: Vintage furniture store, Clothing store
Where: 201 Keystone Ave. Reno, NV 89503
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 am – 6 pm
Contact: (775) 284-8841