Downtown Ashland  and its businesses remained largely unoccupied despite the beautiful weather on Saturday.

ASHLAND -- On Saturday, the sun came out for Ohio's reopening, bringing along delightful weather and temperatures above 70 degrees.

It seemed like the ideal day for individuals to take advantage of the weather, to set out for a day of downtown shopping at some local businesses and fulfill any errands they've been longing to accomplish in the past weeks.

However, the day proved to be a slow start for some locally-owned businesses on Ashland's Main Street as downtown still seemed far-off from its usual weekend bustle.  

Perhaps the weather was too nice, the store manager at Kelley's Vinyl Record Shop pondered. She attributed the recent lack of business to community members taking advantage of the warmth and working outside.

The downtown shop reopened its doors on May 12 for customers. The store's manager said business has remained steady since.  

Rumours, a gift shop on Main Street, experienced little foot-traffic over the weekend, but co-owner Lisa Heath remained optimistic. 

“It’s been a slow start, but the day's not over yet," Heath said. “We’ve had quite a few people come in today to buy masks.”

Rumours Masks.jpg

Rumours has been sellling a myriad of masks, each with its own unique design.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the gift shop has been selling homemade masks for the community in various designs.  

Nearby, Ashland Bike Company saw some action. On Saturday, staff could be seen assisting some teenagers with mechanical adjustments on their bicycles.

On a sunny day, Priceless Treats on Main Street would normally be busy selling frozen treats to cool down patrons as they shopped downtown.  However, it seemed the majority of community members were staying away from public locations.

The employees at Priceless Treats said they typically experience a slower week after a holiday. Perhaps Mother's Day on May 10, contributed to a slow business week downtown.

Re-openings will continue in Ashland this week. Restaurants could resume outdoor dining May 15 and are permitted to open for indoor seating on May 21. 

Support Our Journalism

Local news coverage is only sustainable with local support. Here at Ashland Source, our stories will always be free to read, but they aren’t free to produce. Consider supporting our coverage of Ashland County by becoming a member today.

West Sunbury, PA native & recent AU grad. Also the news and sports announcer for 104.5 WQKT in Wooster & a trivia host at local venues. An avid vinyl record collector with a cat named Raava and hedgehog named Lucille.