Oak Street Shops are Back in Business After Remodel
Standing Stone’s building remodel is nearing completion, with our retail and art gallery tenants open for business on Oak St. in Ashland, OR. Standing Stone co-owner Alex Amarotico and his crew have worked long, hard hours to conclude the construction, and the finished product is well worth a visit.
The final steps for the front retail spaces were completed in early August, including finishing the original wood flooring, installing energy efficient lighting, and mounting new windows and doors. The fronts of the retail spaces have been restored to their original early 1900’s look, with brick facing, wood trim, taller windows and double doors.
Emz Blendz Soap Shop and Hanson Howard Gallery have moved into their new spaces and opened their doors to their anxious and loyal customers. Our friends at Emz Blendz, which occupied the same space before the remodel, are happy to be back home with more space and new improvements. Hanson Howard Gallery is new to the block, relocating from their original location on Main St. They’re excited bring new visitors to Oak St, and offer something new for those visiting Standing Stone or the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Construction will continue in the back portion of the building, and Standing Stone will expand the kitchen to create more room for fresh, in-house food preparations, like baking daily breads and butchering whole cows from our neighbors at Valley View Beef. Construction plans also include the addition of office spaces for the behind-the-scenes personnel, like our favorite accountant, Don Stoudt.
Walk by the new spaces on Oak St. if you find yourself downtown. The people at Emz Blendz and Hanson Howard will be happy to show you around. If all that exploring makes you thirsty or hungry, too, you know where to stop for a pint and a bite to eat. You can also take a virtual tour on our website photo gallery. Enjoy!