Ashland Artisan Emporium

Business in the Time of Covid

No one has been unaffected by this pandemic. It’s all we are thinking about and talking about, each day and night as we all wait and wonder, what will happen next? As a small business owner and mother, this has been the most stressful time in my life, without question. Keeping everyone safe, while managing homeschooling, the needs of a family, and keeping a business afloat while fielding questions and concerns from hundreds of vendors has proven to be the greatest challenge of all. Fortunately, I am not alone in this. I have a great husband, a patient staff, and a lot of support. Couple this with faith in a higher power and a great desire to overcome, I am confident that our humble shop will not only survive, we will thrive once the mandate is lifted and we are able to welcome you all back.

In the meantime, we are having a lot of fun meeting people one-on-one through appointment only shopping as needed! I have plastered my cell phone number on our windows so people can easily reach out for appointments. Call or text me at 541-840-1693. I live two miles away and can pop over anytime to open the shop. We are also featuring a lot of fun products on our Facebook and Instagram pages. If you see something you like, just message us! We can also take payments over the phone and we will deliver or ship. We are here to serve you and don’t mind being as creative as we can to do that. Just let us know what you need. We are also available consistently every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 3 for vendors.

We have been humbled by the support flowing in from our community. I am also super proud of my vendors who have stepped up to continue paying rent as they are able. I know not everyone is able to at this time, so we have made as many concessions as possible to keep everyone together until we can return to a new reality. Now is not the time for eviction. Now is the time to come together to help each other where we can.

This time has been a great reset and I hope you have been able to find some great joy where it was once hidden by being too busy or distracted. This pandemic is teaching all of us great lessons, and we will all be better because of that. Stay well and stay positive. We are all in this together.



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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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