Photograph from DV8's upcoming issue
When I hear about a new arrival to the upstate scene: a restaurant, a brewery, a distillery, a hotel – I get this excited feeling that the rest of the world is finally discovering the charm of upstate New York – the small towns, the slower pace of life, the abundance of nature. There’s something special about it. The fresh air, the quiet and the open space have an immeasurable value and can provide a canvas for growth and creativity. And then a voice arrives to town that is able to capture the unique beauty of upstate, both old and new, and shine a light on some of its innovators. DV8 is that new voice.
DV8, short for Delaware Valley 8, is dedicated to covering the upstate scene. I love the magazine’s clean, ahhhh-inspiring aesthetic almost as much as I love the stories within. Like this recent piece about photographer Marianna Rothen. Or this one about the local gem of a restaurant, Benji and Jake’s.
I was recently able to catch the Founder of DV8, Nhi Mundy, to do an interview for the Local Feast. Read on and discover the vision behind DV8 and Nhi’s favorite local digs. And then check out DV8 – be inspired.
What inspired you to start DV8?
It was simple actually. I felt the area needed a magazine after Green Door shuttered; so I started one.
What led you to upstate New York?
My husband and I decided to move full-time to our weekend home in Sullivan County after Hurricane Sandy had flooded our apartment in the city. We haven’t looked back since.
What kinds of stories do you aim to share in DV8?
I want to cover stories on all the incredibly interesting people that I have met up here and highlight the interesting things that they are doing.
Which publications inspire you?
I’ve been avoiding looking at magazines these days because I don’t want to be creatively influenced. I’m currently inspired by my friend Jan Dikkers who helped me on the first issue of DV8. He’s the former creative director of White Wall magazine and currently the founder of Issue Magazine, two very inspiring publications.
Any favorite stories/interviews in DV8?
I loved all of them! But if I had to chose one, it would be the Forbes March story. I was introduced to Forbes at a party by a mutual friend. He’s such a character, and at the same time whip smart and very sure of himself. He’s larger than life. It’s nice to meet people like him – makes the world a more interesting place.
Have there been any challenges in getting the magazine off the ground?
I think the biggest challenge was convincing people who did not know me to trust my vision. Luckily, I found a group of people who believed in me and helped make DV8 a reality.
Can locals contribute to DV8?
Our staff writer, Isabel Braverman, is a local – born and bred! We also have a team of writers and contributors who have either grown up here or are full-time residents of the area.
Lunch spot I love the bulgogi at Salt & Pepper in Monticello and the branzini at Yiaso’s in Liberty
Place to take out-of-towners Honesdale. There’s so much to do there. Fantastic shopping at Milkweed, great food and cocktails at Dyberry Forks, fun parties and venues at Basin & Main and The Cooperage and there’s even a movie theater!
Natural retreat My backyard
Local artisan I love Melissa Easton’s jewelry sold at Mayer Wasner.
All photos are by Michael Mundy.