Author Archives: Ashland Artisan Emporium

About 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.

Hello From Booth 429!

We are Meghan and David Moore, and we live and make art in Southern Oregon.  You can find our booth easily by going straight down the aisle from the front door, all the way to the back, turn around, and we’re right there! Meghan is an oil painter, and David...

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To the Fullest- WS#176

I believe we are all born with inherent talents and gifts, paired with the desire to share these talents with others.  We shouldn’t deny our inner itches, but let them expand your life, “to the fullest”! I often longed to receive an invite to add my craft (dot-painted bowls) to...

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Scott’s Rock & Gem

Wandering off-trail in Oregon’s Siskiyou Mountains, owner Scott Blair began finding beautiful gemstones. Unknown to him at that time, he had also begun a business that would allow he and his wife Meesha to share a heartfelt connection with the natural world. Today Scott’s Rock & Gem displays an abundance...

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Featured Vendor: #44, The She Shack and The Cave

Hi!  I’m Lisa and I’d like to introduce you to The She Shack and The Cave (Booths #44) at the Ashland Artisan Emporium! Two individual booths that share one booth number but offer two very different experiences.  I’m in charge of The She Shack while my husband Tim oversees The Cave. In The She Shack, you will...

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Shop Local, But Why?

It’s that time of year again, gift-giving season. As you compile your list of people to buy for and rack your brain for what to buy them, let us make a case for “shopping local”. We hear this term a lot, but have you really ever stopped to think about...

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Featured Vendor: #424, ENCORE

The ENCORE booth at the Ashland Artisan  Emporium repeats the best of the past and helps new dreams emerge for today’s young women.  The booth features unique clocks remade from found treasures, beautiful repurposed vintage jewelry, and usable art from paintings made by high school students in Nakuru, Kenya.  Proceeds help fund a...

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Featured Vendor: The Wreath Spinner, #405

On my 60th birthday my friends said, “Elise, welcome back to the 60’s!”  What a relief and joy I felt hearing that. I began thinking about what things I had been doing during those troubled times in the late 60’s and early 70’s, that made me feel good about life. My father...

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Featured Vendor of the Month: #385, Equamore Foundation

Proceeds from one of the newer spaces at the Ashland Artisan Emporium go directly to the Equamore Foundation, Oregon’s oldest nonprofit horse rescue, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The Equamore booth offers an olio of jewelry, handbags, accessories, small furniture, garden items, dishes, and bric-a-brac. Because volunteers operate Equamore’s...

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Ashland Artisan Emporium: Molly Deluca

This month we bring you Molly Deluca, a relatively new vendor to the Emporium. Her mighty wall space features many treasures to encourage health, well-being and positivity – from essential oils, to handmade loofah soaps, rice bags, handmade postcards to inspirational magnets. She is a beacon of light and takes...

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Featured Vendor – WS9, Leslee Freeman

REMEMBER ME? (PROBABLY NOT) At the Artisan Emporium, I’m known as WS9. In years past, you might remember me as Leslee Freeman from Freeman’s Estate Liquidation Service. Since I semi-retired, I’ve spent the last last six years as a vendor at AAE. I also work in the store a few...

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Featured Vendor 404, Oregon Herbal Infusion

Oregon Herbal Infusion is a local business that empowers to heal naturally. We offer an organic line of all natural, handcrafted, herbal-infused products including: bath and body care, skin creams, teas, herbal smoking blends, capsules, herbal-infused lemonades, each designed with an intention. Whether to support the immune system, feminine health,...

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Introducing “Reloved,” Booth #393

Greetings, my name is Laura Rufi. I have been a part of the Ashland community for the last 25 years. It has been a wonderful and supportive place to raise my two children as a single mother while working a full time job. My children are grown now, but during...

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Amy Godard

Amy Godard is an artist, craftsperson, farmer, and teacher. Born and raised in the Rogue Valley, Amy divides her time making, selling, and teaching art and farming the land. She is also an avid collector of vintage goods that she sells at booth #38 in the Ashland Artisan Emporium. In...

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The Painted Boot, Bobbi Campbell

This month you really must stop in to see booth #264, The Painted Boot, curated by the amazingly talented Bobby Campbell! She has expanded her space, which is positively brimming with fabulous home decor, antiques, painted furniture, and as she puts it: “anything fun, one-of-a-kind and beautiful.” Bobbi is retired...

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Ashland Artisan Emporium – The Boothtique #325

“You’re the lead of your own life story, so start dressing like the star you are!” It’s a booth, it’s a boutique… It’s The Boothtique! OSF Actress Christiana Clark, between her time on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival stage, this year both as Charmian in Antony & Cleopatra and Beatrice in...

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Booth Blog: Rob Gustaveson, Vendor #230

This month’s featured vendor is Rob Gustaveson, #230, who has proudly been selling comic books for 47 years! He has been with the Emporium for almost as long as they have been open. Rob has always had a deep passion for comic books; we asked him to give us a...

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Greetings from Booth #156!

We are Jay and Sue Newman, the proud proprietors of NewmanImages Photography. We specialize in high-quality nature photography. It’s been an honor having a booth at the Emporium. We’ve been here since it opened in 2010. (Time sure flies!) This month is our annual spring sale! Everything is 15% off...

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Booth Blog: Sweetbriar Gardens / Sweetbriar Events

Sweetbriar Gardens and Events is located in the Ashland Artisan Emporium (Space #248). We offer decor for all event needs from weddings to baby showers. We offer flowers, containers, household decor, bird nests, ring bearer pillows, furniture, signs, faux birds, metal hearts and so much more. Most items can be...

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Ashland Artisan Emporium Booth Blog – Bliss

Hello, I am Deanna Del Rosso and I am the owner of “Bliss” in The Ashland Artisan Emporium. Both my “Bliss” booths are filled with unique items ranging from home décor, furniture, vintage items, jewelry and quality clothing. My passion for treasures began when I was a child. My parents...

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Gratitude in the New Year

As we celebrate a New Year, I wanted to take a moment to truly express my gratitude to the dozens and dozens of fabulously talented people that I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the years. We owe the success of AAE to these hard-working local people that...

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Featured Vendor of the Month: Bump

Attention Bump fans! Sarah and Jason Esquerra are now offering the same designer maternity and infant clothing and accessories for up to 50% off at the Ashland Artisan Emporium. After the closing of their store last August, they were looking for the right venue to offer their clothing and gifts...

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Too Much Good Stuff

by Leslee Freeman Welcome to the Artisan Emporium. We’re a hidden treasure. We’re not located in the plaza, but we’re a plaza of our own. It’s like 160 little shops under one roof. Let me introduce myself. I’m WS9 & C29, or should I say, I’m Leslee Freeman. I’ve lived...

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March Booth Blog: John’s Specialty Food Booth

February was a month of many changes for us! We welcomed a few new vendors and some vendors have even expanded (come see Mystical Union Boutique’s new extra roomy home). We also plan to say goodbye to one of our original vendors, Branson’s Chocolates. They have finally branched out into...

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