Shannan Fales is the owner of vintage and resale boutique, Junction. In the business of fashion, Shannan specializes in curating a selection of unique goodies from jewelry and shoes to house-wares and art. Find out what’s she up to when she’s not into her latest threads:
I live in the Shaw/Logan Circle neighborhood.
What is your biggest DC pet peeve?
Definitely its drivers. Because I personally hand select and buy my merchandise on a weekly basis, I’m constantly driving around looking for items for Junction. And I think the most frustrating DC driving habit is when people slow down at a green light because the crosswalk timer only has a few seconds left and then they stop when the light turns yellow.
What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?
My favorite song right now is the Nero remix of the Calvin Harris song “Feel So Close”. But my all-time favorite band is Gossip. I could listen to their albums over and over and never get tired of them.
Favorite DC haunt?
What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?
The perfect rainy Sunday includes my fiancé Damion, pizza, Diet Pepsi, the couch, a good movie and a nap. The perfect sunny Sunday has all of the above and an outside brunch with friends.
I absolutely love the laid back vibe of California. I was brought up living 5 minutes from the ocean in a small town in Massachusetts. But my parents lived in CA before they decided to go back east and settle down in their home town. I always felt like I should have been born in CA. Carmel, Santa Cruz and San Francisco are some of my favorites.
Top three favorite movies?
Name five people, alive or dead, you’d love to invite to a dinner party.
I would invite my great grandparents, my grandmother and my uncle, all of whom have passed away. Although I’m sure most people answer this question with famous and historically influential people, my first instinct is to say my relatives. There are so many things I’d love to ask them especially now that I’m older.
Most embarrassing moment?
Eighth grade basketball. The ball comes to me and I start dribbling down the court. The crowd is cheering as I shoot the ball and make the basket. Then I realize the crowd wasn’t cheering, they were actually yelling “you’re going the wrong waaaaaaaaay!” I had just scored for the competitor. And while that’s not nearly my most embarrassing moment, it’s the first one that comes to mind in a sea of many.
What was your major in college, and do you use it today?
I majored in Communications with a concentration in Advertising. The basic business classes I took have definitely come in handy in owning Junction. But “communications” and advertising have changed quite a lot since I graduated college – not to age myself.
I really wear my heart on my sleeve. So there’s not too much that people don’t know about me. But here are a couple of random facts about me: If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be nachos. I can and always have been able to hoola hoop like champ. And I’m the best parallel parker that I know.