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Classic Style with the K.A. Artist Shop


By Ashlee Duren | Photos of courtesy of K.A. Artist Shop

Kristen Ashley’s world is filled with color. Literally.

Her innate sense of creativity eventually evolved into The K.A. Artist Shop, a multifaceted artistic hub. Located off downtown N. Jackson Street, Ashley opened her store in November 2014 and has carefully curated a vast selection of tools and materials for creatives. Prior to Covid, customers could peruse the colorful store, complete with custom art displays. In March, however, everything changed.

Like many small business owners, Ashley had to adapt to the current climate in an effort to stay relevant and accessible to her customers. “We have more than 6,000 items and have been working diligently to post all our inventory online,” Ashley explains. “It has been quite an undertaking.” Customers could have their supplies delivered or available for curbside pickup.

Recently, K.A. Artist Shop began taking appointments for customers who would like to come into the store to shop themselves. “We look forward to seeing our customers back in the store while making sure everyone stays safe,” Ashley says.

In 2021, Ashley looks forward to resuming her online Zoom art classes. Until then, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the creative in your life make an appointment to shop or visit them at