Featured Vendor – WS9, Leslee Freeman


At the Artisan Emporium, I’m known as WS9. In years past, you might remember me as Leslee Freeman from Freeman’s Estate Liquidation Service. Since I semi-retired, I’ve spent the last last six years as a vendor at AAE. I also work in the store a few hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays managing the furniture section and helping in any way I can. As the furniture consignment manager for the store, part of my job is to review interested furniture consignors. Anna, our great manager, and Michelle, the owner, are also able to help interested consignors. So if you have any quality contemporary or antique furniture you’d like to have us sell, you can email us pictures. We’ll review them, and get back to you to discuss consigning it with us. Michelle is very generous and fair, only taking 25% commission for selling it.

Hoping to take life easier after a long 30-year career, I decided to just take a small wall space to keep me busy, but I quickly outgrew that, and now I have a double booth filled with unique, quality items. I have everything from vintage jewelry to fine decorating items. From the useful to the indulgent.

My goal is to make available clean, quality merchandise at great prices. Right now, I’m having a pre-tax time sale, 50% off everything (unless already marked down).

What I love about being in the “stuff” business is that I’m recycling the best of the best back into the system. You can save money and enjoy the finer things in life while helping the environment. What’s better than that? A win-win situation.

Ashland’s best and most unique store off the Plaza. Over 160 vendors. Open 7 days a week.


Ashland Artisan Emporium
1670 Ashland St
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 708-0577
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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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