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Bricks & Clicks Workshop

Opportunity for Downtown Businesses:   Ashland Main Street Association will provide free transportation and registration for the upcoming marketing workshop, titled "Bricks & Clicks: Becoming a Dynamic Online & Offline Destination," to one downtown business.  Workshop Info: http://downtownharrisonburg.org/bricks-clicks/ In addition, we will offer free transportation to Harrisonburg for any and all [...]

Business Spotlight: Keys & Associates

Archie and Francine Keys operate the insurance brokerage Keys & Associates in downtown Ashland, Virginia. They offer group benefit packages for businesses, along with health, life, and annuity coverage for individuals and families. You can find them online at www.keysbrokerage.com or in the Hanover bank building at 104 North [...]

Artist Spotlight: Brian K. Westerlund – Off And Dancing!

Westerlund’s professional dance partner is Marylander Dawn Garrish.  The two get together once a month to prepare for dance competitions. Brian Westerlund’s journey to a dance career is not a typical one.  A former football player and volleyball player, Brian is a large man with an even [...]

Ashland Theatre Casts New President and CEO

Doug Love, a stage and television producer, takes on community theater role by Harry Kollatz Jr.  January 26, 2018 Doug Love is the new director of the Ashland Theatre. (Photo by Clinton Brandhagen) As a youth, Doug Love, the new president and CEO of the resurgent Ashland Theatre, was the youngest performer in the Milwaukee Players troupe [...]

Hanover Idol Finalists Announced!

On Sunday, January 20, finalists were chosen from about 45 contestants to be a part of a live public competition, sponsored by the Hanover Arts and Activities Center.  These finalists were chosen by a panel of judges who spent an entertaining afternoon listening to the singers and then deciding which [...]

Ashland Main Street Association Announces New Executive Director

December 18, 2017 ASHLAND, VA – The Ashland Main Street Association (AMSA) is pleased to announce it has selected a new executive director.   Margaret (Maggie) Longest was chosen from more than 80 candidates who applied for the position.  Longest is an Ashland resident with an M.S. in Economics who most [...]

A main street full of memories

Maggie Beal Longest A Main Street full of memories Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm By John Harvey Maggie Beal Longest spent countless hours of her childhood exploring downtown Ashland and enjoying everything it had to offer. Starting Jan. 2, 2018, Longest will be responsible [...]

Business Spotlight: Henry Clay Inn – “Ashland’s Jewel”

The hospitality business can be challenging, but the new management team at the Henry Clay Inn sees a bright future.   With a background in interior architecture, Garry LaCombe is spearheading renovations to the Drawing Room, guest rooms and public spaces.  “We want the Henry Clay Inn to be the [...]

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