Who we are
We’re Emilie and Erika, best friends who are obsessed with travel. Our home base is Seattle, Washington, but we have traveled to over 17 countries and 91 cities together (yes, we counted!). Just like you, we are dying to be able to travel again. We miss exploring new cities, eating at local gems, and learning the history, culture, and traditions of a new place. To us, each destination allows us to grow, imagine, and appreciate the world.
With travel suspended, we started to think about how we could bring the things we love about venturing to a new city to people’s homes. The more we thought about it, the more we realized that it was the act of experiencing new things, meeting new people, and immersing ourselves in a culture that was at the heart of our favorite travel memories. When we looked around, we found there were a lot of subscription boxes that were delivering “stuff” from around the world, but nothing that was delivering a hands-on way to learn and experience a city and culture. And that’s how TROVE was born.
When we started reaching out to local chefs and artisans, we found that majority of them were severely impacted by COVID and the lack of tourism. We heard “if this continues, we’re going to have to close our business,” and knew we had to do something to help. That’s why we’re pledging to give back 20% of all profits directly to the featured small businesses and wherever possible, we’re sourcing local ingredients and products from the region to support their local economy. When the world opens back up, we want to be sure there is still a world we can travel to.
We hope you’ll join us on a TROVE journey and thank you for your support!!
Emilie & Erika