Neighbor Goods

Doubledutch Boutique in Hampden has always focused on featuring independent clothing and accessory lines. Owner Lesley Jennings goes out of her way to find quality local products to mix with her more established, independent brands.

While the latter bring new shoppers into Doubledutch, the former is what often make them return time and time again. Now, two women from Jennings’ staff have launched a second shop, focusing entirely on more such Baltimore-made goods.

Lauren Gilson and Jenny Holbrook took note of the popularity of a number of temporary, city-sponsored shops carrying locally made crafts in the past two years (one of which was hosted in the retail space above Doubledutch), and created Neighbor Goods, a similar pop-up shop featuring the work of 40 or so Baltimore artists and makers, as well as select vintage clothing vendors.

The shop will be a welcome return of a resource for shopping local in Hampden, and its appearance coincides with the ongoing development of the city’s “Made In Baltimore” branding seal, announced in February of this year.

Neighbor Goods is not officially sponsored by the city’s efforts, but Gibson says they have been in close contact with members of the team rolling out the Made in Baltimore campaign, welcoming their advice and a collaborative ear.

Though technically temporary, the owners say the shop has no plans of closing until after the holiday season.

“Pop-up is [the term] we’re going with…but it’s a long pop,” jokes Gilson.

Open for business since April 15, Neighbor Goods will host an official grand opening party on Friday, May 5. Gilson and Holbrook are welcoming the public to come celebrate the opening with drinks and snacks and meet the makers to learn about their processes.

Throughout the year, Neighbor Goods will continue to accept vendors for its duration, and welcomes new artists enthusiastically.

Neighbor Goods is located at 1021 W. 36th St. in Hampden, directly above Double Dutch Boutique and Sixteen Tons. Hours are Friday 3-7 p.m., Saturday 12-7 p.m. and Sunday 12-6 p.m. For more information, visit the shop on Instagram.

Rachel Bone

Rachel Bone is a regular contributor to the Baltimore Fishbowl.