Ashland Artisan Emporium

Welcoming Changes

By Michelle Christian

We’ve all been traumatized in one way or another over the past 90 days. Everyone has had to adapt and reframe in this season of re-birth. It’s how we choose to look at our current situations that can either bring happiness and peace, or sadness and hopelessness. With my feet rooted in hope and clinging tightly to my faith, I greet each new day for what it is, an opportunity to be grateful and to learn from our mistakes.

Our doors are still open and our customers keep coming back, and for this, we are grateful. My staff and I want to extend a warm thank you to everyone that has supported us through this challenging time. Our customers have had to adapt right along with us, and most everyone has been supportive and kind. Regarding masks, let’s just keep wearing them to protect one another and to help keep our doors open. We offer many affordable varieties for sale at the front counter, and we also hand out paper masks per request.

Regarding the vacant booths you will see when you come in; don’t let it worry you, we are still 90% full! We have some wonderful new vendors that you must check out! On a shared wall space, we just welcomed two new fine artists: Paint Design by Sherry on WS 247 and Meesha B Fine Art on WS 248. The beauty of the Emporium is the diversity of vendors we offer, and we have such fun interacting with so many dynamic and creative members of our community. This is a good time to spend some time wandering around, letting go of your troubles for an hour or so.

Who knows really what the future holds. All we can do is take this life one day at a time. And enjoy the ride…………. thanks for your support.

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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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