Ashland Artisan Emporium

Featured Vendor: Herminia, 13-year-old from AMS

Our mission at the Emporium is to give local vendors and artisans an affordable and safe place to sell their products – which is even more important during this time of Covid. We especially love our young artisans! We are pleased to announce our youngest vendor: 13-year-old seamstress, Herminia. Check out her arts in booth #645. 

Herminia says, 

“I’m thankful to be a new vendor at the Ashland Emporium. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I’m 13 years old and a 7th grader at Ashland Middle School and I do sewing. Let me tell you how I got started. I have been doing sewing for 3 years and how I got into sewing was by joining a 4-H sewing club. I learned a lot in my 4-H sewing club. I started making scrunchies, skirts, grocery bags, pillowcases, and much more. After doing all these sewing things It motivated me to sell my sewing things to the public. One of my experiences was selling at the holiday bazaars with my mom and dad’s family business. I wanted to have a booth so people and kids can see that you can do anything with your hands and your mind.

If you were wondering what I have at the booth: it is pillows, scrunchies, chapstick keychain holders, pin cushions, masks, and baking waist aprons. I plan to expand to do blankets and wallets and accessories and much more. I hope you love reading about how I got started in sewing and what I do. I’m so excited that more people can hear about my sewing creations. Thank you to Ashland Emporium for letting me have a booth, the booth number is 645.”   

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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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