We’ve had a beautiful few days here in Ashland! The sky has been blue, but there is that slight bite in the air and we are helping our display team transform our front window display to reflect the change in season- Fall is coming!! We had a wonderful Labor Day weekend, our fun specials continue until Sidewalk Sale, and we are hoping this will be a great month and a fabulous start to our new season.
Here at the Paddington Family of Stores, there is always something fun and exciting happening.
Our Inspired By Oregon location, we are sampling Huckleberry Haven candies. The walls have been painted, the displays have been refreshed and new artwork from one of our favorite artists, Eli Halpin and new t-shirts have arrived!
At The Paddington Jewel Box, we finished our makeover! If you have not seen the new fixtures and displays, stop by and take a walk thru (or check out our Facebook page for a video tour!). We are also excited to share our newest special- our Lemons and Leftovers Dress Sale. All of our already reduced priced clothing and accessories are an extra 20% off until September 6th. There are also two amazing Vera Bradley Gift With Purchase specials going on- perfect for the start of school!
Our flagship store, Paddington Station, has several exciting specials and treats to offer as well. Our receiving department has recently received several pallets of brand new product, which has kept our display team, buyers and sales associates running on high gear! The Mezzanine has been sampling different flavors of iced tea and some of our amazing BBQ sauces, jams, and honey. We recently launched our newest Baggalini Gift With Purchase, and our Summer Clothing Sale is still happening!
What’s next on the horizon for us this month? New fall fashion will be arriving in all of our locations, our front window displays will be finished and looking beautiful, Talk Like a Pirate Day shenanigans will take over downtown Ashland, and I’ve saved the best for last- the Fall Sidewalk Sale is this coming weekend!
This Saturday, September 22nd, we will be welcoming Chef Marilyn Moore to our Mezzanine! She will be demonstrating our ever popular Spiralizer (zucchini and carrot noodles, anyone?!) which she will be pairing with her homemade basil pesto, as well as showing us how easy it is to make homemade pickles! With our 10 Minute Pickle Kits, the possibilities are endless.
She will be with us from 11am until 3pm, stop by and see what we have cooking here at Paddington!
We are thrilled to announce that we were selected as finalists for the 2018 Retailer Excellence Awards (REA) in the category of multiple retail locations. If this sounds familiar, it’s because four years ago, we won an REA award for Store Events! Kelly and Joe represented us at the awards ceremony in New York City over the weekend. Unfortunately, we did not win. That may be, but it was an honor to have been nominated! REA awards, we will see you next year!
Hello World! This Blogging Bear has been out of the store on Maternity Leave for the past few months and it’s like a brand new world here at the Paddington Family of Stores! So much has happened and so many fun and exciting adventures have been had. Here is a look into our last few months:
The fun did not stop with these exciting adventures! We spent Fourth of July in the park with our Pop-Up Store, celebrated Harry Potter’s Birthday, experienced a wild First Friday, received several pallets of new product and attended other gift shows.
The next few months will be equally exciting! Kelly and Joe are in New York this week, Pam is heading to Las Vegas for the MAGIC clothing show, our display team is preparing for back to school, our event coordination team is gearing up for our BIG fall events and our fall/winter holiday product has begun to arrive! Changes are coming and we are ready!!!
July 31st is Harry Potter Day here in Ashland!
Harry Potter Fans, Rejoice!!!! It’s that time of year again, it’s Harry Potter’s Birthday!
We will be co-hosting Ashland’s Annual Harry Potter Birthday Party! Together with TreeHouse, Yogurt Hut, Black Sheep and so many other downtown friends, we will be celebrating in true Hogwarts style! Paddington will be turning part of our lower level into Professor Snape’s Potions Dungeon! Our very own potions mistress (and possibly an infamous guest!) will be helping our little (and not so little) wizards and witches create enchanted slime!!!
Stop by and visit all of our wizarding friends, it’s going to be a day to remember!
August 3rd will be a WILD First Friday for our Inspired By Oregon location!
We are excited to be hosting a Round Up for SOAR (Southern Oregon Animal Rehabilitation) Wildlife Center! SOAR is dedicated to advancing wildlife rehabilitation while preserving wildlife in nature and providing public education to foster the peaceful coexistence between humans and wildlife. They will, unfortunately, be closing their doors this August due to lack of funding.
Heather, one of our fantastic sales associates at Inspired By Oregon, has been working for SOAR and brought their cause to our attention. The monies raised during our First Friday event will go directly to them and will help feed and house these vulnerable animals for a few weeks longer.
Heather and her co-workers will be bringing Majik the crow! He is a well adapted crow who enjoys being around humans and is always happy to pose for a picture with his fans. There will also be a few raffle prizes to be won. For a small monetary donation, you can enter to win a one of a kind painting done by one of the animals being rehabilitated by SOAR or a hand-crafted Douglas Fir Bark item. (It could be a pen, a knife, a wine stopper- the possibilities are endless!)
We hope to see you then!
There are many other exciting events coming up at all three of our locations! Stay tuned for more news!