Paddington Station, along with her sister stores, The Paddington Jewel Box, Inspired by Oregon & Paddington Express are a local eclectic emporium owned by the Hammond family.
Paddington Station is located across from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in a beautifully restored brick building that was built in 1904. It boasts over 8,000 square feet filled with products extending over 3 floors!
For over 45 years, Paddington Station has served as both an iconic landmark and destination shopping stop, rounding out a true “Ashland experience.” Here you’ll find gifts, books, jewelry, a full gourmet kitchen shop, women’s clothing & accessories, children’s toys, greeting cards, quality Oregon souvenirs, and the finest seasonal holiday boutique in the Valley.
Over the past several years, the Paddington Station family of stores has expanded to include The Paddington Jewel Box, located across the street near the Varsity Theater, Inspired by Oregon located next door to Paddington Station and Paddington Express, located on the corner of 2nd Street and Main.
Paddington Station, and the building that houses us, have a long history that dates back to the early 1900’s. Here is a history of our beginnings that led us to the four store family corporation we are today.
Our building’s history began in 1904 when J.P. Dodge purchased the property and built a furniture store next to the old opera house in Ashland, Oregon. After both J.P. Dodge and his son Louis passed away, the building changed hands and was rented to Richard Herndobler.
In 1973 Judy Patterson opened the original Paddington Station. It was not located within the J.P. Dodge building, but rather down the street at 268 East Main Street. The store expanded rapidly and, in 1975, Judy moved the Paddington Station business to its current location at the J.P. Dodge building at 125 East Main Street.
Paddington Station saw major changes over the next few years. From 1975 to 1984 the building’s original interior was restored. Paddington Station began to take part and create community events, and the business received national recognition. The business changed hands several times, before settling into Don and Pam Hammond’s hands in 1993.
Over the next several years Pam and Don Hammond elevated Paddington Station’s involvement in the community, helping when crises arose, such as the 1997 flood. This helped to establish Paddington Station as a pinnacle family business in the Ashland community.
In 2000, the Hammonds purchased the J.P. Dodge building, thus becoming the sole owners & proprietors of Paddington Station. Shortly after, they renovated the building and expanded the Paddington name to The Paddington Jewel Box, Inspired by Oregon and Paddington Express stores, also located in Ashland, Oregon.