The growth of that company led them to move the design studio a few blocks away, but Neighborly took over the space, after its test run as a pop-up shop during the holiday season.
Today, Ork posters are Neighborly’s flagship products, and nearby residents stop by the contemporary shop to buy gifts produced by mostly local and Midwest artists.
Kitchen accessories are popular gifts at Neighborly — Photo courtesy of Megy Karydes
“The Chicago neighborhood poster is our number one seller, but a lot of artwork does well here, too,” says Beorkrem.
The poster design sells so well, in fact, that she’s produced a line of t-shirts featuring the design.
Intelligentsia coffee mugs are popular gifts for both men and women, as are the spices and hot sauce bottles by local, Chicago-based organizations.
Neighborly offers a well-curated selection of baby gifts — Photo courtesy of Megy Karydes
Unlike most Chicago boutiques, this one doesn’t carry jewelry, since the owner says there are enough great Chicago stores that carry bling. Instead, Beorkrem chose to focus on home accessories and a healthy dose of kitchen accessories like chopping blocks, glassware and bowls line the shelves.
Many of the items feature the Chicago flag motif, making them popular housewarming gifts or gifts for residents who want to pay homage to the city in which they live or love.
While the selection of books, pet items and children’s gifts isn’t huge, it’s very well curated, which makes it very easy for one to find a gift that is both meaningful and appreciated. In fact, that’s part of the appeal of Neighborly: there's just enough in the shop to feel like there is a wonderful selection of items, without it being overwhelming that one can’t make a decision.
If the item you're purchasing is a gift, then mention it to the salesperson, and she will put it in a nice bag with tissue paper. No need to buy a box or wrapping paper. Notecards are available at the cashwrap, so one can complete their gift in one fell swoop.
Neighborly is very much a neighborhood staple (hence it’s name). Across the street is a family-friendly breakfast and lunch diner, and kitty corner from the shop is Fountainhead, a popular watering hole that features a generous food and beverage menu.
Parking can easily be scored either right in front (paid meters) of Neighborly or within the neighborhood (for free – just make sure the parking isn’t zoned).