Hello there, from the desk of the Alliance. Our week started on Saturday with a masked & socially distant ribbon cutting at Whit’s Custard Shop on Winchester Ave. It’s located in the old Nobles shoe store building. If you have not been yet, you’ve got to try it out. From the moment you walk in and see the old, Nobles mosaic floor you’ll know you are in historic Ashland. You can treat yourself to a delicious cup of frozen custard and a coffee from the full coffee shop… they even have a lunch menu that has something for everyone!

Whit’s ribbon cutting builds on what is happening here in Ashland. Even in a pandemic people are investing their time and money to start their own businesses. This ribbon cutting also represents how the Alliance is changing with the times. We live streamed the ribbon cutting on Saturday morning. Within 8 hours, 1,000 people had watched the video. Over 1,400 have as of this morning. That is eyes and ears all looking at what this community has to offer.

It is also time for our Young Professionals Association’s Back to School Backpack program. Our office is starting to fill up with backpacks that help a child be ready for school. This year’s program is smaller with more children not being in their classrooms but, there is still need and opportunity to help if you have the chance. Please contact our office for the information of a child that needs your help. Backpacks have school supplies and a new set of clothing for a boy or girl in one of our local schools. A big thank you to Amanda Gillum and all the Young Professionals as well as our local business community to help make this great program happen each year.

This week’s report highlights what is new and what is tradition in our community. We are here to help share the good words of our businesses and to help those in need. Thank you for making this a great place to live and do business. In the next couple weeks, we are going to be highlighting how new business opportunities are being addressed and how people are using new services to get their everyday items in life. We hope to share ways all of you can be a part of this means of commerce.

Together we will not just get through COVID, but we will find ways to grow for the years to come.

— Tim Gibbs
Ashland Allinace