About Maggie Longest

Executive Director, Ashland Main Street Association

Business Spotlight: Off and Dancing!

With classes ranging from rumba to swing to country western, Off And Dancing, the instructional dance studio located at 110 Thompson Street, just west of the railroad tracks in downtown Ashland, will get you in the groove. “Dance is so many things to so many people,” said Brian Westerlund, Off And Dancing’s owner and lead [...]

Business Spotlight: Off and Dancing!2019-05-01T11:26:13-04:00

Business Update Special Edition

Downtown Business Forum April 24, 6-7pm @ Ashland Library 1. Construction to begin in May Town staff will provide an update on the following... Town Hall construction is expected to begin in May/June 2019 and finish in 2021. Duncan Street parking will be closed and traffic patterns will be affected during construction. Amtrak construction at Ashland Train [...]

Business Update Special Edition2019-04-18T15:15:06-04:00

April Business Update

Downtown Business Community, Here's a look at how Ashland Main Street Association is working for you... March Highlights Congratulations to Shear Power for a Grand Re-Opening and to Gotta Have It Gifts for a First Anniversary Celebration! If Main Street can help you plan and/or publicize a business event, please email Maggie. Advocacy to the Town of Ashland in favor of investment [...]

April Business Update2019-03-29T14:13:01-04:00

Business Spotlight: Origin Beer Lab

Origin Beer Lab is not your typical brewery. Located along the railroad tracks in a vibrant stretch of downtown Ashland, you won’t find a fridge full of six packs for purchase or a detailed menu. What you will find a is an experimental space ideal for both beer enthusiasts and beer novices looking to explore, [...]

Business Spotlight: Origin Beer Lab2019-03-28T15:53:25-04:00

March Business Update

Downtown Business Community, Here's a look at how Ashland Main Street Association is working for you... February Highlights Business webpage has been created as part of Main Street's website. CLICK HERE to to find 1. available commercial properties, 2. continuing education resources, and 3. business startup guide. To share ideas or comments for the page, email Maggie. Advocacy to the Town of Ashland [...]

March Business Update2019-03-01T13:15:50-04:00

Business Spotlight: Hickory Creek Antiques

Visiting Hickory Creek Antiques is a chance to catch a glimpse of a bygone era, when shopping was less of a chore and more of an experience. Located in the Ashland Town Center off England Street, Hickory Creek Antiques is a sprawling emporium of antiques, collectables, jewelry, ephemera, and everything in between.  Owners Roscoe and [...]

Business Spotlight: Hickory Creek Antiques2019-02-28T13:07:32-04:00

Artist Spotlight: Louise Ricks, Founding Artistic Director, Whistle Stop Theatre Company

Age: 29 (30 in May) Hometown: Ashland, VA! Education: BFA in Theatre for Youth from Shenandoah Conservatory What hooked you into performing arts & theatre when you were younger?  My parents met and fell in love in the theatre. They even got engaged while my mother was playing Cinderella and my father was playing the [...]

Artist Spotlight: Louise Ricks, Founding Artistic Director, Whistle Stop Theatre Company2019-03-01T13:36:42-04:00

Main Street comments on Town of Ashland branding initiative

February 15, 2019     Ashland Town Council 101 Thompson Street Ashland, VA 23005   RE: Refreshing Ashland’s branding   Dear Council Members, We write to provide feedback on the Town of Ashland’s efforts to establish a new brand and marketing campaign. Ashland Main Street Association wishes to provide suggestions for the overall effort and [...]

Main Street comments on Town of Ashland branding initiative2019-02-19T13:14:56-04:00

Business Spotlight: Center of the Yarniverse

Center Of The Yarniverse launched in November 2018 to great excitement in our community. Located at 109 England St, the shop is a cozy space with exposed brick walls filled with yarn of every color and fiber imaginable.  As the only yarn shop in Hanover County, in addition to being one of only three in [...]

Business Spotlight: Center of the Yarniverse2019-01-31T18:53:28-04:00