Ashland Artisan Emporium

Featured Vendor of the Month: #530, Illis Casteel

This month we are highlighting a lovely vendor named Illis Casteel. She has been curating her space, #530, for a couple of years now. She is one of the many talented and creative vendors we are lucky to host. Her inventory changes frequently.

 

She says, “I have had a booth for two years and have really enjoyed watching to see what items sell. My booth is a potpourri of treasures from me, my brother, my dad and my mom. Items have been priced so that there is something everyone can afford. My mom had a doll collection, so those are priced higher but very reasonable. My brother had a car collection and I’ve only gotten to a few of those. Dad, a farmer-rancher, has some unique items in the booth too.”

Illis feels that the booth is a great outlet to share her treasures with the community while respectfully honoring her family’s memories. She says, “I am having fun as I go back through boxes and find items that bring back memories for me, as you are making new ones with your finds!”

Check in often, as Illis goes through boxes as quickly as you can and adds treasures often. Happy Hunting!

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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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