Sesame Asian Kitchen uses local glass tile.

Of Interest

An Ashland company's glass mosaic tile was used as a focal point in the design of Sesame Asian Kitchen, a new Asian-fusion restaurant in Ashland. The Hakatai tile is intended to echo the view from the restaurant of Lithia Park, according to a release. Glass tile was also used on a custom hosting stand at the restaurant's entrance, crafted by Medford company Bennett Stone and Tile, which also did the tile installation for the rest of the project. For more information call 552-0855 or log on to www.hakatai.com.

The Ashland Chamber of Commerce has received a Grand Award in Communications Excellence from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, a national organization for chamber leadership. The Chamber won the award because of its "2008-2009 Living & Doing Business Guide." On July 31, Sandra Slattery, the Chamber's executive director, will accept the award at an annual conference in Raleigh, N.C. The Chamber will now compete against two other Grand Award winners for the Best in Show Award. For more information call 482-3486 or log on to www.ashlandchamber.com.

— By Hannah Guzik

If you know of any Ashland businesses that have just opened or closed, contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.