Main Street Spotlight

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 new business. “I want the store to feel relaxed and friendly. It’s a happy space.”

Gotta Have It Gifts is a treasure trove of new and consigned goods. It includes candy, cards, jewelry, clothing, home décor, and furniture. Willow Tree figurines, Savannah Bee bath products, and Jane Marie jewelry are some of the national brands. Plus, a whole room filled with local Ashland products, including Simply Ashland and Strawberry Faire tee shirts.

The consignment rooms offer an array of clothes ready for summer, plus furniture and décor items priced well below retail. Gotta Have It Gifts offers something for the trendsetter and the frugal shopper.

Owner Lisa McCreight launched the store with great fanfare in March 2018, and expanded its operations in June. McCreight provides personal service to every customer, with no rush and no pressure. You’ll find something for everyone at Gotta Have It Gifts!

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