An Eclectic Selection at Ashland Artisan Emporium
Yeah, I know, it’s only October and the holiday season is already upon us, but Ashland Artisan Emporium (in the Ashland Shopping Center) is ready for you. The premier collective marketplace featuring 160 local vendors is celebrating their ten-year anniversary with a huge open house on Saturday, November 14, from 11am-6pm. The event will include a 10-year Anniversary Sale with 20% off everything in the store.
“It’s our way of celebrating and saying THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us over the past decade,” said owner Michelle Christian. “Due to Covid, we cannot offer light bites and wine, as we have in years past. But we still hope to facilitate a safe, joyful and festive environment as you shop for your friends and family as the Gift Giving Season officially kicks off. We are also hosting a fun raffle event running through Christmas Eve. Come in to purchase raffle tickets and place your ticket in the candy cane tube found at the booth of your choice. Each vendor will be offering a fabulous basket of various items up for raffle. Enter your ticket to win as many as you wish. The drawing will be held on Christmas Eve, and you need not be present to win. Proceeds of ticket sales will be donated to charities specified by the vendors participating.”
Michelle and her family moved from the L.A. area in the summer of 1989 after her father sold his roofing supply company and purchased the Ashland Shopping Center. In 2010 her father asked her to help him open a crafter’s marketplace in the old DJ’s Video space in the shopping center.
“Within 60 days we had built the booths, opened the store and filled all the spaces with hundreds of vendors,” Michelle said. “In March of the next year, my father suddenly and tragically died, leaving me alone to manage and grow the business, with very limited experience and a very cranky newborn. With a lot of tears, community support, and a solid staff of women to help me, we began to thrive after a rough start. We are now home to hundreds of eclectic vendors from Southern Oregon and Northern California.”
It has been a tough year for all businesses, and AAE is no exception.
“This year has been challenging to say the least, but with patience and kindness, we are surviving Covid,” Michelle said. “It’s a team effort, and very much a community at AAE. We support one another and look out for each other. We look forward to meeting new people and helping small businesses get off the ground and getting their products to the public in an easy and non-threatening way.”
AAE also has a large consignment furniture section. They take in gently used furniture from anyone, and you don’t need to be a current vendor.
“We don’t have a jury for new vendors,” Michelle said. “We just like to keep the variety as wide and diverse as possible, which can range from clothing and jewelry to crafts, home decor, candles, body products, stickers, tools, toys, puzzles, books, records, the list is endless! We really do have something for everyone.”
The store is open 11am-6pm Mon-Fri, 11-5 Saturday, and 12-5 Sundays. Call 541-708-0577 for details. You can also see them at ashlandartisanemporium.com and on Facebook.