Our Story - How It All Began
Hello, Jodi here!
I am the creator, designer, and illustrator of The Neighborgoods. So glad you stopped by to visit this corner of the internet where my mission is to inspire and bring people together through the beauty of food. From sharing recipes and gift wrapping techniques to giving you an inside-look at the process of creating some of our most beloved foodie-themed products (like our best-selling dish towels), this space is meant to bring people, like you, together to explore and try new things. With that being said, we wanted to kick off our blog by helping you get to know more about our brand story and how we got our start!
2014: It All Started with a Holiday Gift Idea
The very first illustrated recipe dish towels I made in my screen printing class were a family pancake recipe, and a cupcake recipe that I made for my husband every year for his birthday.
2015-2018: The Early Years
Me printing our pickle print at the SVA print studio, a towel I made for my pickle-loving friend's birthday, and the one a fellow classmate asked to buy. It's still one of our popular designs today, so you can definitely say it's KIND OF A BIG DILL.
My first craft market in Brooklyn, New York the summer of 2014. I didn't even have packaging for my towels yet, and also made tote-puns not just food puns.
This is a photo of my very first inventory storage. It only took up three shelves, which is very different from our current two storage units and the entire basement of my home.
Our first wholesale trade show in January 2018 was just one wall in a shared booth. Our collection has certainly grown since then.
2019-2021 From Storefront to Basement
I had the opportunity to open my first brick-and-mortar store in May 2019 in Shaw, Washington, DC. Another scary move, but I took the big leap and loved being a physical part of the community, where people could shop for gifts, meet for events, and to feel a communal sense of belonging. As we were finally getting the hang of running the day-to-day operations, COVID-19 came onto the scene and changed everything. We closed our shop doors for the following months and then officially moved out in October 2020. Since the future was unknown, we moved production to our home basement studio where we currently still package up all the goods and ship them to our loyal customers as well as our 400+ retailers across the country (and a few across the ocean).
Frankie and I on the opening day at our shop, May 2014 and an inside view of our little store filled with colorful goods.
Our home studio after moving in...it is a LOT fuller these days and bursting at the seams.
We are still on the hunt for a retail space but until then we're making it work with what we have and are happy to still be able to do what we love which is creating products for you to use in your everyday life that will brighten your day and make you smile. The Neighborgoods has become bigger than I could have ever hoped it to be when I first began printing dish towels for fun back in 2014 and I have all of you to thank for your support over the years.
2022: And With That This Blog Was Born
My hope is to continue to share my passion for food and design with you in new ways that add meaning and bring joy to your day. With that being said, I am so excited to share with you the launch of our blog where I will share some of my favorite food and drink recipes, gift wrapping techniques, ways I try to
live and eat sustainably, and more. I hope you’ll like it here.