New businesses appear in Ashley
New businesses are springing up in the town of Ashley.
We spoke to some of the new entrepreneurs to see why they decided to settle down.
The charming town of Ashley has a few new things. You might notice a children’s clothing store, Little Bee Boutique.
“I have always really liked clothes and fashion. It’s good to offer this opportunity in a small town where there really aren’t that many clothing stores. We’re fortunate here to have a few different selections now. So it was good to just bring things to the small community for the people, ”said owner Robyn Schock.
Schock says being a business owner in the town of Ashley is a little different.
“Of course, you don’t get the daily foot traffic like a big city would. But it’s just nice to know that maybe your location is a bit more secure and that your customer base is people you’ve probably worked with all your life, ”Schock said.
We spoke to a woman who works with the city chamber of commerce.
She says seeing new business might not mean what you think.
“Growth is a fun word for Ashley. While we may see new families moving to town, we are also seeing some of our seniors who have passed away or have moved to an assisted living facility outside of the county. I mean it’s a positive thing. The cycle continues, ”said Crystal Schaunaman, McIntosh County Extension Officer with NDSU.
Ashley retains her small town feel and continues to welcome familiar faces.
“I have the impression that some people who used to live here have come back. And they came back. They’ve found some really creative ways to be in their local community while having a commercial front and a commercial presence, ”Schaunaman said.
On Main Street, you’ll see BookSmart, another new store.
Just on the outskirts of town is Pop A Top Bottle Shop, another new business.
We spoke to one of the owners who told us that she had moved from Idaho to open the business.
“We liked the environment here. It’s a different change of pace than what we were used to, living in a big city. We really enjoyed the benefits of small towns of knowing the people around you and being more relaxed overall, ”said Carly Peacock.
Peacock says they are settling down.
“It was really interesting at the start, trying to understand everyone’s wants and needs. We’ve kind of picked up a pace and since this is our first summer championship it’s really exciting, ”said Peacock.
The Chamber of Commerce says it hopes to inspire more people in the town of Ashley to take on leadership roles and open businesses.
Many of these companies will participate in Ashley’s scorching summer days party this weekend.
And be sure to log in while we stop there for our second stop on the Summer KX Road Trip!