About Maggie Longest

Executive Director, Ashland Main Street Association

August Business Update

Downtown Business Community, Here’s an update on how Ashland Main Street Association is working for you... July Highlights Hosted Downtown Business Forum attended by 25 businesses. Many great ideas were submitted, including 3 for Economic Vitality, 6 for Promotions, 7 for Design, and 3 for Organization. Attended Virginia Main Street conference to learn from other [...]

August Business Update2018-08-10T09:40:16-05:00

Business Spotlight: Thrill of the Hunt

Kristina and Mike Lyden own and operate Thrill of the Hunt at 315 England Street. The couple “bring hidden style to life” daily by upcycling furniture and décor pieces. Inside the retail store and onsite workshop, you will find an artful mix of furniture and home décor. The business specializes in quality-crafted, hand-painted furniture. [...]

Business Spotlight: Thrill of the Hunt2018-08-02T15:46:56-05:00

Artist Spotlight: Chris Holloway

Chris Holloway is an artisan and craftsman specializing in fabrication of decorative items and furniture from natural elements, wood, concrete, and metal. Chris recently founded Limelight Custom Design & Fabrication in Ashland. Chris blends industrial materials with natural elements from the woods and beaches of his parents’ home in Deltaville, Virginia and around Ashland. [...]

Artist Spotlight: Chris Holloway2018-08-02T15:51:09-05:00

July Business Update

Business Community, Here’s an update on how Ashland Main Street Association is working for you... June Highlights Promoted downtown businesses at Ashland Strawberry Faire Renewed agreement with Town of Ashland to serve as economic development organization New members of Main Street Board of Directors elected (click here for more info) Met with 12 individual business [...]

July Business Update2018-07-02T16:45:28-05:00

Business Spotlight: Gotta Have It Gifts

Gotta Have It Gifts is a new business in Downtown Ashland, providing that “special something” for every person on every occasion. At 112 Thompson Street in Suite C, you will find gifts for babies, weddings, parties, condolences, home, office, and every day. “This was always a dream of mine,” says owner Lisa McCreight about her [...]

Business Spotlight: Gotta Have It Gifts2018-06-27T15:34:42-05:00

Welcome Aboard!

Ashland Main Street Association welcomes five new members of the Board of Directors. Grant Azdell of Randolph-Macon College, Tom Checkosky of Pepicelli's Pizza, Ian Kirkland of Caboose Market & Cafe, Tom Wulf of WulfTeam Productions, and Wendy Yohman of Jake's Place Restaurant have volunteered their time and talents to enhance and promote Downtown Ashland. The [...]

Welcome Aboard!2018-06-28T13:05:13-05:00

Artist Spotlight: Jerry Peart

Jerry Peart is an Ashland-based sculptor who creates flowing, abstract pieces with fabricated and painted aluminum to add color, grace and excitement to public spaces.  His large scale sculptures are on display in more than 35 locations across the United States and in Korea. Born in Winslow, Arizona in 1948, Jerry attended Arizona State University where [...]

Artist Spotlight: Jerry Peart2018-06-28T12:41:20-05:00

Business Spotlight: Cross Brothers Grocery reopens with ambitious new business

Last weekend, Ashland Meat Company opened its doors at Cross Brothers Grocery on South Railroad Avenue. The store will offer fresh local food, including a full-service butcher, a carryout deli menu, and a host of locally-produced pantry items. The Grand Opening weekend brought hundreds of customers from near and far to tour the historic building [...]

Business Spotlight: Cross Brothers Grocery reopens with ambitious new business2018-05-31T15:40:29-05:00

The Lights Are On!

Ashland's signature train mural is visible day and night thanks to many community supporters, including the Town of Ashland, Tribble Electric, Ashland Street Parties, Friends of Art, Dan Bartges, and Hank Lowry. See the results for yourself at 108 South Railroad Avenue.

The Lights Are On!2018-05-01T16:24:33-05:00

Reporting Ashland’s Local News

Meriwether Gilmore brings readers her local Ashland news column via the internet. The column was previously published by the Herald-Progress newspaper, but will now be posted to a free weblog titled The Ashland News. You can find it at www.ashlandnews.blogspot.com.

Reporting Ashland’s Local News2018-05-01T15:25:28-05:00