Way Back When

It’s been a dizzying five years (FIVE???) since we flung open the doors of The Trove and its lovely backyard barn. We forever adore Roanoke for many reasons, but particularly because it’s been such a wonderful place to express our creativity and commune with our neighbors and fellow business owners, all in a delightful, small town setting.

Roanoke may be small but it’s big on charm, growing and deepening with every business that decides to set up shop along and around Main Street. We couldn’t be happier to have spent these last five years as a small part of its magic, and we’re beyond thrilled with what the future holds… but that’s a story for a (near) future post, friends.

In the meantime, we’re looking back at some of our adventures and realizing just how far we’ve come. Stroll down memory lane with us, will ya?

We knew these beautiful buildings had good bones, and that they only needed a little freshening up. Okay, maybe a lot of freshening up, but the work was well worth it. We’ve hosted so many sales, pop ups and parties both in our barn and on the lawn.

A fresh coat of paint can really make a big difference, huh? Once LML Estate Management put their stamp on the grounds with the most gorgeous landscaping, our little compound felt like home.

Putting on the finishing touches, and remembering how fun it was to take a raw space and fill it with all our favorite things.

The full OG crew of Trovesters on our opening night, which was a smashing success and so much fun! We’ve scattered to the wind a bit, chasing additional dreams, but as we always say, “once a Trovester, always a Trovester!”

Our first purchase was made by the lovely Sherry Holifield. | Most of the OG crew at the Atlanta buying markets one season. When shopping + drinking wine is quite literally your job, it’s easy to feel hashtag blessed. But don’t get us wrong, owning and running a retail shop is not for the faint of heart!

Naturally, there are so many stories to share and future plans to dream up. Swing by #thenoke and say Happy 5th Birthday to The Trove!

Cheers to the next five!

Summer Refresh

We love our barn so much, we like to brag about it from time to tome. And let's face it, she's a charmer! While we spend a lot of time focused on the main store, we decided it was high time we spent some QT inside the barn, so we've been hard at work in our slice of #thenoke, With fresh eyes, updated goods as well as updated plans for more interactive events, we're quite happy with the results, and we're confident you will be too.

Our rearranging and refreshing has made the space more functional for shopping as well as workshopping. We'll have a few more hands-on events and classes rounding out the summer and early autumn, and we can't wait to host our crafty guests in our updated digs. 

The barn is home to a fresh supply of indoor and outdoor garden accents, candles and gorgeous vessels. Sometimes the smallest details end up making the biggest impact.

Come in, check out all the newness and get inspired to do the same in your own home. It's amazing what a few edits, and perhaps a couple of new additions, can do to a space...

Trovester Travels: Texas

Trovester Jodi Golm traveled to Texas this Autumn for both a fabulous girl's getaway and an inspo-slash-buying trip for The Trove. The charming, down-home atmosphere of The Lone Star State fits right into the vibe of our lovely barn in Roanoke. We love the merch Jodi has added to our assortment and we just know you will too. Check out Jodi's Texas photo journal below for a peek at what she found in the beautiful southwest corner of our great country.

Rachel Ashwell's The Prairie (and more) in Round Top, TX

Magnolia Market in Waco, TX

No buying trip in Texas is complete without a trip to the beloved HQ of Chip and Joanna Gaines. Magnolia is everything fans of Fixer Upper could dream of...

Feeling inspired? Same.

Come shop all the new goods packed into the barn!

Makers Market 2017

We love to fill our lawn in #thenoke with fun activities and local vendors, which is why we host Makers Market days in front of our barn each Autumn. This year, we're blowing it out with an amazing selection of local crafters and artisans on October 7th, from 11a - 3p.

Take a peek at the makers joining us this year:

From top to bottom, left to right: Gilly Flower, Supernovaas, G2G Jewelry, Bohemia Art and Design, Knotoday, Bored Otter Farm,  K1ND Goods, Old Fort Tee Company, Frebella and InJoy Designs. 

Come to charming Roanoke and shop these talented, local, indie artisans. Shop small, support local. 

Meet the Makers

We're hosting some of the coolest local makers in our barn and on our lawn, Saturday, October 15th from 11am - 4pm, for our first annual Makers Mart! The St. John Family Band will be delighting us with live music, while the makers exhibits will be open from 11 - 4pm. 

Get to know some of these fab, creative peeps then come meet them live and in person, in charming downtown Roanoke. Supporting small, local artisans is one of the things we love to do most. Join us, won't you?

* BK Handcrafted Design Artist, picker, hoarder and mad scientist, Bob Kiel makes custom furniture, sculpture and artwork created from reclaimed, re-purposed and found objects. LEARN MORE

* Hedgehog Press Artist Julie Wall creates cork and wooden coasters, small embroideries as well as greeting cards and art prints on her vintage printing presses. LEARN MORE

* Bored Otter Soaps These lovely and fragrant artisan soaps and candles are handmade by Joe and Lee Hildenbrand MacSorley in Hoagland, using natural ingredients like Shea Butter and essential oils.  LEARN MORE

Ron Ostlund Custom Design Artisan and designer Ron Ostlund, Jr. dreams up unique, one of a kind pieces for body and home with a cool, industrial vibe. LEARN MORE

* Andie's Pearls Andie Landrigan combines pearls and leather to create gorgeous, feminine jewelry. LEARN MORE

* Gilley Flower Baby Danielle Woodward makes handmade baby bibs, burp cloths and baby blankets using soft, colorful, stylish fabrics. LEARN MORE

* Hetty J Handmade Hetty J hand paints wooden signs, key and leash hooks, chalkboards and adorable family and classroom birthday calendars. LEARN MORE 

* Heartell Press Rachel Kroh creates beautiful letterpress, wood block greeting cards, card sets, art prints and mahogany card holders. LEARN MORE

* FoxSea Skin Inspired by her love of Cape Cod, Jennifer Dodds Fox crafts organic and natural skincare for healthy, glowing skin. LEARN MORE

* Kelly Pottery Designs Kelly Roth infuses a love of carving designs into functional pottery, creating delightful one of a kind pieces. LEARN MORE

* Dave Stinson Handmade Pens Dave Stinson handcrafts gorgeous ball point pens made from different woods, corn cobs, deer antlers and acrylics, as well as small bowls and salt and pepper shakers, letter openers and bottle stoppers. There's no web address for us to share with you which means, you'll just have to come to #thenoke to check out these functional pieces of art as well as all of the great indie merch by these fab local artists and artisans. 

Come meet the makers!

A Sneak Peek @ Our Legendary Barn Sale

We're gathering so much GREAT stuff for our annual Legendary Barn Sale, listing it all would simply take too long. So, we thought we'd share with you a few sneak peeks...

Do NOT miss our Legendary Barn Sale. From big furniture to teeny, glittering jewels, our charming barn will be packed to the rafters (ok, not literally - that would be a fire hazard) with your new favorites. Save the date, bring your friends and make a day of it in #thenoke! 

Once a year, one day only. Up to 50% off.

September 10th, 10a - 5p.

Naughty Needlepoint

We Trovesters totally appreciate a well placed four letter word. That's why when Julie Toles of Hedgehog Press suggested a Naughty Needlepoint workshop, we responded with an emphatic, HELL YES!

Julie brought all the necessary supplies with tons of options but when it came time to choose which message to stitch, there was a clear favorite! 

Only one of the attendees had ever attempted needlepoint prior to this workshop so we were doubly impressed with how well each of these turned out. What's more, everyone said this was a craft they would keep up with at home. Yay!

We want to give a big shout out to Julie for putting together a fun, crafter-noon in our beautiful barn, complete with Framboise Lambic drinks and tasty macarons from Proper Pastry, one of our Roanoke neighbors.

We had such a f^*k!ng blast at our Naughty Needlepoint workshop, we're going to do it again this Spring!

Q & A with Julie Toles from Hedgehog Press

We're tickled about our upcoming barn workshops with Hedgehog Press. Julie Toles is a talented, driven, generous and kind artisan, who creates lovely goodies on her antique presses like greeting cards, cork coasters and leather tags for liquor decanters (all of which are available for purchase at The Trove). We asked Julie to share a little bit about her business, in advance of the workshops, so we could all get to know her a little better.


How did you come up with the name Hedgehog Press?

Hedgehogs represent optimism, feminine empowerment, and creative expression! It just fit! Also, I love that hedgehog's are generally considered a pest in places they are native to. They are very difficult to remove from a garden or backyard. I think I liked the idea that I would be difficult to remove...I'm here to stay!

What was your motivation for starting a boutique printing company?

My main motivation was to have a place to create my work. I am a printmaker which requires a lot of specialized equipment and space. Starting my own business came very naturally to me. My whole family is centered around entrepreneurship! We all have our own businesses and I have always grown up around family-run enterprises. I knew I had to figure out a way to sustain a space and not just rely on my artwork sales, then the printshop as it is now was born! And I absolutely love it!

What's your most favorite project to date?

It is so hard to have a favorite project! Everything is so different and specialized. I recently painted on a bass drum for a local jazz band, sculpted 11 elephants out of floral foam for a wedding, and was included in a styled wedding photoshoot that was picked up by The Knot! So many fun aspects about what I get to do everyday!

How do you stay creative?

I try to live a completely creative lifestyle meaning everything I do revolves around my creation process. I love being out in nature and try to go hiking at least one a week! That always gets me energized and helps me feel inspired! I also have a wonderful group of creative friends that keep me on my toes. Sketching and making things for no particular reason also helps me relax and hone in on what I'm doing. 

Whose art do you most admire?

I have always loved Robert Rauschenberg's work. His style and compositional skills are just amazing to me. I love his use of color and the voice he chooses to represent in his work is very compelling. I also love Francisco Goya. I felt as though I had a religious experience while viewing his work in Spain in 2009 and since then have been an admirer. He created prints for a reason, for communication, a way to showcase injustices...I have always felt a strong responsibility to printmaking as an art form for these reasons. 

What's next for Hedgehog Press?

With recent sales to larger retailers, I am looking to expand soon. I have some exciting ideas in the works and hope to see them come alive in 2016! I am sort of keeping the plans low key for now until I know they are able to happen.

We know you collect hedgehog figurines, etc and that people often give hedgehog paraphernalia to you. How many hedgehog tchotchkes do you own by now? 

Oh my goodness! People are so sweet and find me the cutest hedgehog themed items. I recently had an elementary school group visiting and had them count the hedgehogs around the room while they each waited their turn on the printing press. I think we lost track somewhere after 62!

Sign up for these fantastic February Workshops with Hedgehog Press @ The Trove!

Cozy & Comfy Gifts for the Holidays

The Roanoke Holiday Gift Extravaganza is coming up this weekend and there'll be so much fun to be had in #thenoke. From complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, courtesy of Joseph Decuis, to specials in many of the boutiques and gobs of delicious vittles from the restaurants and bakeries, you'll be so happy to kick off your holiday shopping in our little corner of Indiana.  

At The Trove, we'll have TONS of new merchandise as well as holiday trims and hostess gifts for your upcoming celebrations. In our gorgeous barn (if we may say so ourselves) we'll be featuring two local brands known for their oh-so-soft and cushy, cute goods. 

KIND uses cashmere and merino wool to create one of a kind gifts, toys and accessories while Two Elle's creates unique cuddly dolls and Tooth Fairy pillows. 

Spend this Saturday in #thenoke and come see us in that gorgeous barn we're always going on and on about... 

For more information about the Roanoke Holiday Gift Extravaganza, click HERE!