In many cities, residents pack up in the summer and head for a vacation rental or beckoning oasis. In Ashland, locals stay put to explore fishing, running and yoga, and downtown stores are ready to help outfit these health and recreation devotees.
If yoga is your transcendental sport, you may want to visit Nora Coolridge at Spirit of Shakti, who stocks only organic and natural products, some made of cotton and hemp, and all in America.
Yoga props such as blocks, mats, towels and water bottles are created from recycled cork, rubber, bamboo and glass. She also supports local ashrams, jewelers and publishers by selling their spiritual aids, fashion accessories and books.
Rogue Vogue is a series of photos and commentary that captures Ashland fashion. Writer Troy Brown is a style expert who lives in Talent and works in Ashland. Send ideas or photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. See previous style reports at www.dailytidings.com.
At Rogue Valley Runners, it doesn't matter whether you are an ultra marathoner or a mall walker. A stride analysis can point you to the footwear that fits — the right one may even look like you're barefoot.
Sales associate Sloan Dorr explains the popularity of those funny-looking toe shoes that launched the minimalist running shoe trend: "It's a training tool everyone can use to strengthen toes, feet and calves." But she cautions against over-training in the skeleton shoes.
For clothing, ultra-light synthetics in bright hues are designed to be fashionable, increase visibility and wick away moisture.
The Ashland Fly Shop has items vital to a fisherman's success and comfort on the river. Shatter-resistant sunglasses feature yellow, amber and copper polarized lenses to reduce surface glare, so it's easier to see what's in the water.
Sharp-looking vests have almost as much function and design built into them as an Italian sports car with compartments for flies and other supplies. And Gore-Tex chest waders and boots with interchangeable felt and rubber soles will have you dry and styling.
After all, it's the season to stop watching from the sidelines and jump in.
— Troy Brown