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A Street Market Place blossoms

Maill Tribune / Andrew Mariman

Mail Tribune

Three shop openings in the A Street Market Place during the last month are the prelude to a cascade that should see the Ashland center fully occupied by May.

A florist, a Tibetan specialties shop and a body care center have joined a CD shop that opened in December. Developers Allan Sandler and Ed Bemis are close to finishing transformation of the former Oak Street Tank and Steel building into an enclosed walkway with shops on either side.

All but one of 15 spaces is rented. A covered pavilion will host its first event March 16-17 when the Tears of Joy Theatre of Eugene performs in a benefit for Ashland schools.

Utopia, an eclectic collection of pottery, musical instruments and silk clothing, should open within a week. A hair dressing salon and a photo studio will open in March.

A Street Gallery will open by April — with wood and glass art. It will be next to the Glass Breaking Company, a working glass studio with windows for viewing from the gallery and the walkway that opens in April. Gallerie Karon will open in April.

Three restaurants should open in May. They will include Cozmic Pizza, The Groove with American food and Off the Grid with food based on Japanese mochi, a sticky, sweet rice product.

Music Coop, the CD store, opened before Christmas.

A bigger studio space for Breaking Glass will open across from the market on A Street in about a year. It will be in a remodeled structure that Sandler and Bemis also purchased from the tank and steel operation. The pair will build a furniture store next to the studio.

Newly opened shops include:

Enchanted Florists, which offers European-style arrangements that differ from those of any other shops in the Rogue Valley, according to owner Brandon Kirkland.

Leslie Kirkland studied the flower businesses in Europe. The couple ran the business from their home for six years before opening the shop just before Valentine's Day. It offers deliveries, wedding and party services and telefloral services.

Customers can purchase individual flowers for their own arrangements. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Nira Natural Skin & Body Care Center offers customized services and products for patrons.

Customers can create their own soaps, lotions, shampoos and other beauty aids at a center in the store.

Facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and other services are available.

Owner Nira Bortef has more than 15 years experience in skin and body care in Boston; Asheville, N.C.; and Florida.

Four contract service providers and one full-time employee work in the 1,100-square-foot area.

The center opened Jan. 26. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Sundays.

Tibetan Treasure opened Feb. 16. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Tibetan refugees in Nepal make the rugs and carpets for the store. Clothing and jewelry come from Nepal. Antiques, artwork and furniture from Nepal and Tibet are also available. Owner Thubrig Dorje emigrated from Nepal to the United States two years ago. He was an antiques and art dealer in Nepal. He fled from Tibet to Nepal in 1959.

Reach Ashland bureau reporter Tony Boom at 482-4651, or e-mail

A Street Market Place blossoms