Ashland Business Grapevine

June 2013

June 2013

Great Cuisine at House of Thai

I've always had a soft place in my heart for House of Thai Cuisine, located at 1667 Siskiyou Boulevard. The restaurant opened in February 1989, and four months later (June 1989) my wife and I took the whole extended family there for dinner after our wedding.
Owners Piengchit and Phil Crompton love to hear romantic stories like that. The two met in 1995 when Phil was getting his car washed at Siskiyou and Harmony Lane and he noticed a woman at the house next door working in the yard.

May 2013

May 2013

Peace and Tranquility at Rose Yoga

Like many people, Janet Langley found Iyengar Yoga because of a sports injury. And just like many others, she was so inspired by the different approach to yoga that allowed her, even with a temporary injury, to excel that she stuck with it.
Janet was living in Santa Barbara at the time. Her family began migrating to Ashland in the 1980s, and she loved it, hoping to relocate.

April 2013

April 2013

Animal Medical Hospital Turns 55

At Animal Medical Hospital (1525 Hwy 99 N), they're celebrating their 55th year in business. Dr. Leo Van Dijk opened the hospital in 1958 in downtown Ashland and moved to its present location on Highway 99 in 1966.
When Leo retired in 1988, he sold the business to Scott Knox, D.V.M. Joining the staff in 1992 was Dr. LeAnn Ahlbrecht, while Dr. Tiffany Graeber came to the practice in 2001. In 2002 they opened a brand new facility in the same location.
"I grew up just north of Eugene in a small farming community with a close family friend who was the James Herriot of the Valley, caring for all types of creatures day and night," Scott said. "Due to his influence and my love of animals, I ultimately graduated from C.S.U. Veterinary Medical School in Fort Collins, Colorado, in 1985."

March 2013

March 2013

Umi Sushi Opens on the Plaza

There was a major change at a Plaza restaurant last December. Hana Sushi, which had been located at 29 N. Main for three years, was sold to Kjae Nam, who remodeled the interior and changed the name to Umi Sushi.
"I have lived in Jackson County for ten years, and before that was involved in the restaurant business in Portland for ten years," Kjae said. "My family is in the restaurant business, so I grew up in the industry. Throughout my career, I have been involved in all aspects of the industry. I also helped start many of the Benihana restaurants throughout the U.S."

February 2013

February 2013

Homemade Pasta at Wiley’s World

Three years ago Bill and Gretchen Boylan both had day jobs until they found out that their next-door neighbors were selling Wiley's World Pasta Shoppe and Eatery, located at 1606 Ashland Street.

"Bill has been a firefighter/engineer for Jackson County Fire District 5 for 23 years, and I was substitute teaching when this opportunity to move on to Wiley's came up," Gretchen said. "When the owners decided to sell, we jokingly said we should take it over.

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