Ashland Business Grapevine

March 2015

March 2015

Garrison’s Mattress Gallery
Moves to Ashland

When Brian Garrison got a call from his dad in 2005 to move up to southern Oregon and help with his furniture store, he was a little reluctant.
"I was working as a controller of a construction company in southern California and really enjoyed learning the financial side of the business and doing quite well professionally," Brian said. "I was in my mid 20s and living the dream in beautiful San Diego. I thought it was a crazy idea, which is exactly the reaction my dad knew I would have. But he's a smart guy, and all he wanted to do was plant a seed. A year later I called him and made a deal."

Feburary 2015

Feburary 2015

The Long Musical Career of Pat O’Scannell

It was 35 years ago that a young Pat O’Scannell arrived in Ashland to work for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as an instrumentalist specializing in early woodwinds and reeds, also doubling as a vocalist and on viola da gamba. Today, she continues her career as a freelance musician and teacher.
“I specialize in coaching and teaching early and traditional styles, as well as performing and creating programs in those styles,” Pat said. “The main instruments that I teach, in addition to the voice, are recorders and other fipple flutes, early double reeds, and viola da gamba. I am fluent in traditional Irish music as well, and teach the tin whistle and skills related to singing and the performance of Celtic music.”

January 2015

January 2015

Great Flowers and Gifts
at Eufloria

You gotta love businesses that start off small, then work their way to the top. Eufloria Flowers & Garden Gallery, located at 449 E. Main (near the 76 gas station), is one of those, having humble beginnings. Owner Kellie Kinkead purchased Linda’s Flowers in 1984, which started as a portable bucket shop underneath the Jackson Hot Springs’ large billboard sign in 1979.
Kellie is a 30+ year resident of Ashland, a real “down home florist” offering something for everyone for every occasion. She grew up in Astoria, Oregon, and studied floral design in the San Francisco Bay Area.

December 2014

December 2014

Gold & Gems Continues to Dazzle on the Plaza

You've got to admire a business that can survive two floods, a fire, and a couple of substantial economic recessions. At Gold & Gems Fine Jewelry on the Plaza, they've been through it all and will be celebrating their 33rd anniversary next year.
It all started in 1982 when Richard Hansen, who had moved his family to Ashland in 1972, assisted a friend in his jewelry business. His career began as a manufacturer's wholesale rep, traveling throught the country selling to retail jewelers.

November 2014

November 2014

Getting Things Done with Planning Consultant Mark Knox

When former Ashland Assistant Planner Mark Knox and his wife paid a visit to his wife's family in 1993 in Corvallis, his mother-in-law nudged him to apply for a job opening in Ashland.

"It appeared to be too soon, as I was advancing in my career in the Sacramento area," Mark said. "But when we got back from that trip, the best possible thing happened ... we were robbed. The rest is history and within two months we had moved to Ashland where I started as an Assistant Planner."

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