As a visitor shopping in Ashland, you will receive 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 and that can be enjoyed as a visitor as well. 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