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 at Travel Essentials, to mastering a knitting technique at Web-sters while selecting from an amazing array of yarn, to the best way to tie a scarf at Paddington Station or how to select the best fly fishing gear at the Ashland Fly Shop to create a successful fishing experience, shopping in Ashland is a sensory experience. 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. Chamber 2016 Green Business of the Year award winner, Pam Hammond of Paddington Station, The Paddington Jewel Box and Inspired by Oregon says, “Our stores carry a variety of products to fit the needs of our customers. We have our feet on the ground in our community and we listen and see trends”.
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 ashland.or.us/bagban.
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Ashland’s Culinary Scene - To live in Ashland, you get to experience the culinary amenities enjoyed by over 350,000 visitors that are drawn here for so many different reasons. Ashland’s reputation as an “all-season culinary paradise” is growing and becoming as well-known as its reputation for unmatched culture. With over 100 restaurants, award-winning local wines and craft brews, farm fresh foods and talented food artisans, the Ashland culinary scene is thriving.
As a local, you can enjoy casual comfort food or fine dining with talented chefs and innovative restaurateurs who take pride in their culinary hospitality. The quality of life in Ashland can be witnessed at one of the many coffee houses, bakeries, specialty food stores or at the weekly Rogue Valley Farmers and Growers Markets on Tuesday and Saturdays, March through October. If you are a foodie, you will love living in Ashland with culinary events each season.
The Ashland Culinary Festival, (11th annual, November 2nd – 5th, 2017) produced by the Ashland Visitor and Convention Bureau, celebrates the food, drink, talent and creativity in Ashland and Southern Oregon. Drawing both locals and visitors, this four-day event includes a Top Chef Dinner, Mixology competition showcasing amazing local bartenders, a Junior Chef competition where local high school aspiring chefs compete, culinary workshops, tours, tastings and the Top Chef Competition with 12 local chefs competing for Top Chef honor. It is an exciting way to get a glimpse into the amazing culinary scene from the farms to the food to the people that bring it to life.
Ashland is also home to the Oregon Chocolate Festival, the Oregon Honey Festival, the Taste of Ashland, a self-guided gallery walk with food and drink tastings as well as the Brews and Boogie event at Scienceworks each fall.
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