Slip into the unassuming storefront at the corner of SW 2nd and Harvey Milk. This is Trove: a glamorous grotto dripping with string-of pearl plants, seashell chandeliers, and ornate furniture. Stocked with a mix of vintage décor and new lifestyle products, it's a home store that feels like a Gucci photo shoot—just one you can actually afford.
Owned by mother-daughter duo Debi and Chacha Sands, Trove got its start in 2004 as a small vendor booth at a busy market in Houston, Texas, where Debi sold stylish relics she'd collected. Debi (a nurse anesthetist by trade) moved to Portland in 2006, and Chacha joined her in 2008. In November 2017, Trove's doors swung open. It was Portland's thriving boutique culture, they say, that allowed them to transform the pop-up into a brick-and-mortar.
“It’s so much more accessible for entrepreneurs and small businesses here, coming from a place like Houston," says Chacha, also runs her own design firm, Crib Design House, and publishes Beacon Quarterly, a magazine celebrating creatives from around the globe. “It’s kind of a give-and-take relationship. Because of what I do at Crib Design House, we now have a very symbiotic relationship. When I grow, Trove will grow.” Crib Design House styles shoots for Beacon, which in turn is sold at Trove—in other words, attention to one brand draws new eyes to all the projects.
The two work to incorporate the community as often as possible, from fundraising for the Lions Club to bringing in local vendors. Nestled on a Parisian-style bookcase, you'll find local jewelry lines Beach Bones and High Society Collection (the latter makes geometric earrings that double as a roach clip in a pinch) next to Mizuba’s fragrant green tea and an assortment of Z Candles. From the ornate gold vintage bits to the bird sculpture decanters, the shop’s careful curation speaks to an impressive taste level. It's well worth a visit.