Wendy Ramunno is a writer, editor, and copywriter whose diverse career has run the gamut from covering federal legislation for Congressional Quarterly, to working as a cook at the renowned Eleven Madison Park in New York, to consulting for Google. Most recently Wendy worked as the local editor of Zagat, and edited several editions of Food & Wine’s Wine Guide book. Her writing has been featured in publications like Food & Wine, Fast Company, The Atlantic’s CityLab, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and PhillyVoice, and she also works as a copywriter for hospitality and lifestyle brands. We are thrilled to have Wendy in our community at The Yard: Center City!
What do you love about The Yard?
What I love most about The Yard is its location. I live in the neighborhood, so it’s really convenient for me. I found out about it from a friend who signed up when it opened. Since I started working here, I’ve even landed new projects from people who share my office space. The roof deck is pretty awesome, too! Being able to work out of the New York locations for free is a major plus.
How would you describe The Yard to a friend?
It’s comfortable and has plenty of windows and room to spread out. Because it’s not overly crowded, finding a conference room or even a place to hold a networking happy hour is never a problem. The people I’ve met so far are friendly and laid-back, but also driven and serious about their work.
What’s Philadelphia’s best kept secret?
Washington Square is one of my favorite city parks in the world. It’s very well-maintained by the federal government and not too busy. Perfect for dogs, kids, picnics, or just sitting on a bench with a book. On summer nights it’s full of fireflies–magical!
Where do you get your news?
I started my career in DC covering Congress, so I’ve always read The Washington Post religiously. I think it’s really important to support good journalism, so I have subscriptions to publications like The Philadelphia Inquirer and Billy Penn for local news, and the New York Times for national. Mother Jones is excellent for investigative features. I also read a ton of food magazines and blogs for work.
What’s one book that inspires you?
It’s hard to choose just one, but The Year of Magical Thinking definitely had a big impact on me. In the past decade I’ve experienced some significant personal losses, and Joan Didion’s gorgeous writing and brutally honest portrayal of her grief was a great comfort.
How do you show your personality through your office decor?
My kids picked out a few things for my desk, including their adorable school artwork. Other than that, I try to keep some plants alive. Sadly, my air plant died within a couple of months, which I didn’t even think was possible.
Where do you live or spend most of your time when not close to the Yard?
Because I live and work here, I spend most of my time in Washington Square West. But one of the best things about this area is that it’s so centrally located. Chinatown, Rittenhouse, Old City, Bella Vista, and Queen Village are just a short walk away.
What are your favorite spots in Center City for the usuals?
My lunch standbys are Reading Terminal Market, Tom’s Dim Sum, Kanella, Cheu, Honeygrow, and Luke’s Lobster. MOM’s Organic Market is just across the street from the office, too! I love a draft latte from La Colombe or J’aime French Bakery, but I’m happy to walk over to Rival Brothers for a coffee meeting–the space in the Touraine is so stunning. Vedge, Tria, and Maison 208 are my happy hour go-tos.
This post was written by Jayna Fey, Producer at creative consultancy Rory Creative and member of coworking space The Yard: Center City. Read about The Yard’s story here and follow The Yard: Center City at @theyardphl.