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 in Ashland for over 20 years, and dealt in estate liquidation for all twenty years plus. For many years I had an estate liquidation business in Ashland called Freeman’s Estate Liquidation Service. I sold estate items wholesale in a store setting, and I also did several auctions and sales from my building, and at client’s homes. It was very hard work, but I loved the people I worked with, and I loved my customers!
Now in semi-retirement, I have a wonderful space in the Artisan Emporium, and a show case at the checkout counter full of jewelry. I call my space, “Too Much Good Stuff.” I deal in antiques, collectibles, art, jewelry, anything that is unique and high quality; it could be brand new.
I decided to continue my interest in liquidating, but on a much smaller scale. Sharing a store with a huge family of vendors, I go to hundreds of yard sales during the summer looking for high quality, useful and indulgent items to pass on to you, often at wholesale prices.
Right now in my space I have a wonderful black vinyl bar from the sixties; a great eating counter for a small living space, or a great bar for out by the swimming pool. I even have a Victorian marble-top garden table.
My goal is to keep it moving. I have a short attention span, and there is so much stuff out there I just want to keep recycling it into the system.
Besides my space, there are over 160 other unique vendors with a variety of great merchandise. We’re easy to find in the Wendy’s shopping center. Open 7 days a week. Monday through Friday 11 to 6, Saturday 11 – 5 and Sunday Noon – 5.
This is a great place to bring your out of town guests. I know they will enjoy browsing to great music in the background, while being assisted by a warm and fuzzy staff with big smiles.
It gives me great joy to have happy customers, while living in paradise…. Ashland.
P.S. – Please get your pets spayed or neutered, and protect them from the hot weather.