A little about us and some fun photos of us in action!
Hi, I’m Jessica. I love to travel and especially love to travel around the beautiful United States! When I’m not traveling, I love photography, cooking, checking out creative restaurants and snuggling up on the sofa with a book and my big spoiled rescue dog Nelson.
Fun fact (about me this time) - by the time I turned 28, I had traveled to all 50 states. People always ask me how that happened. Lucky for me, I got a huge head start by having the big ones done early; I grew up in New England, but traveled to Alaska with my family when I was in high school and to Hawaii with a friend while living in San Francisco. The big inspiration occurred when I decided to move back to the Boston area and took a road trip across the country. I fell in love with all the great cities and small towns across the US. Who wouldn’t, right? I did a slow meandering route so I could experience it all! I met so many wonderful people and brought home great local products for family, friends and for me as a reminder of my adventures.
I am lucky (random people on airplanes tell me so!) in that my love for traveling is paired with the ability to sleep through entire flights (even when there are 3-hour runway delays). That certainly makes it easier to check out a new city for the weekend!
Having a creative streak and entrepreneurial spirit myself, I have always been interested in and appreciated artisan products and supporting local businesses. Who doesn’t like popping into a local farmers market and seeing the same friendly faces who might ask how you like the fresh jam you bought last week? I want to support those small local businesses wherever they are, so I seek them out in my travels. And that is the inspiration for Explore Local Box. I am so happy to bring these local products to you! It’s a fun way to explore the great cities of the United States and support all of these wonderful creative small businesses out there. I have been to all the featured cities and personally selected the items; they’re ones that I have tried or use myself or would give to a friend or family member.
So…come explore with me and meet these wonderful artisans from around the country, too!
We love to hear from you. Whether you are a vendor who would like us to feature your product or a customer who has an amazing city that we should explore next time - let us know. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to hearing your ideas!