The Neighborgoods started as a side hustle back in 2014 while I also ran a graphic design business where I worked on everything from fashion illustrations to corporate reports since 2006. But it was a love of designing packaging for cookies I made for my annual self-promotional giveaway that began the shift in my career towards focusing on designing for clients in the food industry. To make that switch, I needed some food-related work for my portfolio, so I began illustrating family recipes and produce from farmers markets to put on my website.
Since it was close to the holidays, and because I was itching to get away from the computer to make some homemade gifts, I thought these new illustrated recipes would make great gifts printed onto dish towels for family and friends. I never managed to get them ready for that holiday season, but I did sign up for a screen printing class, bought a bunch of dish towels, and the Neighborgoods was born.
Since then, in addition to dish towels The Neighborgoods has grown to make greeting cards, tote bags, baby onesies, magnets, stickers, and more! Our fun-loving products feature everyone’s favorite foods and foodie puns. Each product is designed by me and hand-packaged with love in our BRAND NEW DC studio and retail space. Come visit our new shop at 2130 8th St. NW, Washington DC!