After Kasey Bower retired from teaching to raise her three sons, husband John knew the devoted mom would need an artistic outlet. She’d worked with him to plant Normandy Church, a still-small congregation which meets at Scofield Memorial Church and claims John as its pastor. The two wanted to work together, she says, and take some risks around something they both value – creativity.
That’s when Neighborhood Supply Co. was born.
Kasey designs hats – carefully selecting colors, embroidery and styles – emblazoned with “Lake Highlands Hat Co.” There’s no shop (so far), so marketing is done online using social media and their website. They deliver locally for free or ship outside Lake Highlands zip codes.
“Our tagline is to ‘love thy neighborhood,’” says Kasey. “We believe that all of us are placed within places and spaces for a purpose. For us, this is a way to show that we love our neighborhood and those people that live around us. It has been a great way to integrate into our local community.”
All current designs are LH-related, but East Dallas and White Rock hats are coming soon. Surrounding neighborhoods, like Lakewood, Bishop Arts, Highland Park and Deep Ellum, will follow.
Hats sell for $25 each, but discounts are available for orders over 10, and Kasey hopes to partner with realtors, mortgage brokers and other businesses which might present hats as “welcome home” gifts or other corporate tokens. Custom orders take 6-8 weeks.
With just 3 months under their belt, the Bowers aren’t sure when a bricks-and-mortar shop might be on the horizon, but they envision a local space, both creative and beautiful.
“We have tons of ideas,” says Kasey, “but it’s too soon to share.”