About, Good Neighbor…..
I am close to 9 years conducting business on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. In that time there have been a few incarnations of the store, the constant is that I have always aspired to have a shop where you can find things that adorn you, that you use, that help strengthen and fortify you. I love beautiful things, but I dislike waste and consumption. I know I am not alone in this.
In all honesty I have always felt a little sheepish about owning a store because of the consumer culture we live in. I wanted to make Good Stock a little different an accessories store, predominantly jewelry: artisan, unique and handmade.
When Good Stock was in its infancy I began exploring green beauty, the connection to nature and plants, everything about it was exciting. I made the connection to skin as an accessory and I started bringing in the lines I was using, (key word- using). I have always had a natural affinity for skin care, sharing my interest and knowledge with my community felt important.
A few years into to doing business I opened a second store, Neighbor, the focus was on the home but also there was an apothecary piece something shared between the two. A few years into running two stores (even though they were next door to each other), it seemed prudent to combine them into one storefront- bringing to life Good Neighbor. Less than a year after they merged Coved19 redefined life, as we know it- the pause brought about deep reflection; I wanted my businesses to reflect my values; I wanted to supply tools for empowerment in my community.
A mantra started to play in my head and a palate of light was in my minds eye, a renewed vision slowly started to merge