The Stylish Nomad
Nomad, one of Springfield’s newest stores, brings clothing, accessories, furniture and more to the downtown shopping scene.
Mick Whitcomb and Paige Blotter own Nomad, an eclectic boutique in downtown Springfield. The couple stocks the store with one-of-a-kind art and furniture and plenty of chic clothing and jewelry.
THE SHOP: Nomad
318 W. Walnut St., Springfield, 603-530-2586, nomadworldproducts.com.
Open Mon., Noon–8 p.m.; Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m.–10 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m.–6 p.m
Nomad is tucked into an old downtown Springfield building next to Flame Steakhouse. After walking into this eclectic shop, you’ll notice several tables topped with clothing and others displaying Nomad’s wide variety of merchandise that includes everything from picture frames and candles to jewelry and handbags. The owners always have music playing in the store, which provides pleasant background noise for your shopping experience, and your nose is greeted with the strong scent of Balinese prayer incense.
Owners Mick Whitcomb and Paige Blotter met while they were in Springfield attending college. After graduating in 2010, the two moved to Bali and worked at a surfboard manufacturing business, but after that fizzled out, Paige started designing dresses, and Mick started designing T-shirts. But they didn’t stop there, adding leather wares, jewelry and housewares to their design repertoire. Packing up their designs and the many connections they made while overseas, Mick and Paige headed back to the United States and opened Nomad in downtown Springfield in March 2012.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
Nomad sells everything from clothing, jewelry and handbags to housewares and large furnishings. Much of what Mick and Paige sell is designed by the couple themselves—they’ve started six clothing lines, plus a line of housewares. For women, a variety of clothing styles can be found here, including everything from casual Bohemian looks to snazzy party dresses for your next fancy affair. The men’s clothing is mostly casual with a stock of tees and hoodies, but Nomad also sells a line of button-up shirts. Much of the clothing, accessories and housewares cater to a more affluent, upper-middle-class crowd. “We’re right next door to Flame, and we try to focus on that,” Mick says. But there is still a variety of affordable products for the younger crowd, including tanks and tees favored by college-aged girls and guys. Aside from clothing, Nomad is full of art work and furniture. “Our art is from a combination of local and Indonesian artists,” Paige says. And all of the furniture here is made from recycled material, with components such as salvaged teak from Indonesian fishing boats, old railroad ties and mango trees. And there’s a lot of it. In fact, there’s so much furniture that last September Mick and Paige opened Nomad Home, located just down the street and around the corner from Nomad.
Nomad is a great addition to the downtown Springfield shopping scene. It’s really fun to go into a store where you can shop for both a new outfit and a piece of furniture all at once, and this store has a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces to choose from. Next time you enjoy dinner and drinks downtown, drop by Nomad and look around. We promise you won’t be disappointed.