Ashland Artisan Emporium: Featured Vendor – Iz and Soph, #371

Iz and Soph is in its second year at the Ashland Artisan Emporium, bringing objects from around the world to Ashland.  It initially started when we found ourselves with more than 50 vintage and new silk kimono acquired in many trips to Japan over the years.

Iz and Soph has since grown into two booths with beautiful items from Asia and Europe.  We travel often and like to bring our treasures home to share with our customers. Think Japan and India with a splash of Art Deco and Art Nouveau.  Along with our kimono, we carry gorgeous Japanese dishware, beautiful jewelry, and sacred art from Buddhist and Hindu traditions. You can find a bronze statue of Kwan Yin next to Tibetan cuff bracelets, Japanese chopsticks, and Turkish rings and earrings.  At times, we offer stunning silk saris from India and other accessories.

For the month of July, in honor of the LocalsGuide, we are hosting our semi-annual kimono sale with all kimono, originally $150-$350, priced at $45.  Please join us in enjoying the treasures we bring from our travels!

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Ashland Artisan Emporium

The Ashland Artisan Emporium is owned by Michelle Christian, wife and mother of 3 daughters. Her husband, Travis, is the business manager for Adroit Construction in Ashland, Oregon. The Emporium was the vision of Michael Rydbom, Michelle's father. In April of 2010, Michael asked his daughter if she would be willing to help transform the old DJ's Video space into a crafter's marketplace. Michelle had always admired her dad's entrepreneurial spirit and was eager to make him proud, so even though she already had two kids, a real estate career and one more daughter on the way, she said yes. On November 1, 2010, the store opened it's doors to a welcome reception from the community. They were voted Best New Business of 2010 only months later by the Ashland Sneak Preview. Within weeks of opening, the store was at capacity and had quickly become the "go-to" store for all things unique and affordable.

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