Specialty retail customers in Ashland are treated to exceptional service that can be hard to find these days. Knowledgeable staff help customers learn how to best use their products for ultimate satisfaction post sale. Whether that is in how to best select travel gear or advice on where to go, or mastering a knitting technique while selecting from an amazing array of yarn, to the best way to tie a scarf or how to select the best fly fishing gear to create a successful fishing experience. Shopping in Ashland is a more complete sensory and tactile experience as you feel, see, smell and taste incredible products that you can’t experience online while you find that perfect gift – even if it is for yourself.
Ashland residents value shopping local and supporting small businesses. One of the things that make Ashland shops so special is that the owners of the retail businesses in Ashland are local and they carefully select their merchandise to offer their customers something different than can be found in chain store shopping.
While shopping in Ashland you will enjoy discovering boutique shops that carry home décor, cookware, gourmet foods and wines. There are independently owned bookstores, specialty clothing boutiques and shoe stores. Galleries and shops feature everything from local to internationally known artists, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, paintings, and sculpture.
Many retail businesses expand their market by taking advantage of the Ashland Fiber Network (AFN), and are able to do business worldwide. Since almost everything grows here, there are several nurseries as well as organic foods, herbs, homeopathic and nutritional healing treatments that are readily available through retail grocers and shops. Ashland was designated as a Shop Small town honoring our entrepreneurs and underscoring our value system of giving back. Retail merchants support numerous local charities, youth sports and school groups throughout the year.
Remember to bring your reusable bag when shopping in Ashland. To encourage more sustainable business practices, Ashland implemented a plastic bag ban. To further encourage the transition to reusable bags, businesses are required to charge a ten cent fee for each paper bag used by the customer at check out. For more information to be a savvy shopper, go to www.ashland.or.us/bagban.
Ashland’s thriving culinary scene attracts culinary travelers from around the world. To live here though, Ashland residents value and enjoy year round culinary excellence and creativity with over 100 restaurants and many talented chefs. Access to organic, locally grown and produced food, locally made wine and beer from award-winning wineries and three micro-breweries are something locals, chefs and restaurateurs take pride in creating and promoting. Ashland is on the map for more than just theatre. In 2016, Wine Enthusiast magazine named Ashland one of the Top 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations in the World, alongside places such as Bordeaux, France.
Family owned and independently run, Ashland’s restaurants offer a diverse variety of cuisine. Ashland has classic, well-established restaurants that span decades of operation with the same owners as well as new chefs creating fusion, ethnic and international cuisine. Culinary talent and creativity continue with Ashland’s food artisans that have a close relationship with restaurants. Local bakeries produce fresh breads, pastries, cakes and pies. Locally made chocolates, cheeses, jams and vinegars are just some of what you’ll experience and have access to while dining out or being a resident of Ashland.
Ashland has many delicious culinary events throughout the year including the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market on Tuesday and Saturdays (March – October), the Oregon Chocolate Festival in March, the Oregon Honey Festival, Brews and Boogie and the Taste of Ashland.
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