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The Ashlea Road Journey


Ashlea Road was created back in March 1997 when a close girlfriend of mine, Vicki Wilson and I decided a little dress shop was needed in our country town of Wingham. It was Vicki who had the brilliant idea and I had the easy decision to accept her as a business partner. From there we shared the first 6 years of the Ashlea Road story. During those early years, we made a lot of happy memories and shared great success in our growing business. It was sad to see Vicki and Brian leave the area but the time had come for them to grow their Dairy business in Tamworth. The journey on Ashlea Road has been, at times, not an easy one but I am here after 24 years and am feeling mighty proud of arriving at this point, here, WITH THE DOORS STILL WIDE OPEN FOR TRADE! I can honestly say now, I LOVE WHAT I DO! I am sure it is because I have gone through the good times and the not so good - drought, bushfires, Covid, just to name a few, that I can now feel the satisfaction and gratitude of just what went on leading up to this place of happiness! I didn’t really know my strengths until now. I have found out that I have the ability to genuinely connect with people and understand what my customer is seeking – whether it be that perfect outfit for a special occasion or whether it be a shoulder to cry on or whether it is they simply want to escape from their busy and stressful lives to browse my beautiful shop knowing that there is no pressure of having to purchase anything"I love how a customer once told me they have come to their happy place! How nice is that to hear! It is music to my ears, that this is how the customer sees and feels when in-store at Ashlea Road.

"I love how a customer once told me they have come to their happy place! How nice is that to hear! It is music to my ears, that this is how the customer sees and feels when in-store at Ashlea Road."

 I also found out that I have a good eye for picking, what I think, is beautiful and different pieces for my store. When I am purchasing stock, I nearly always think of which customer will love this piece or who this dress would look beautiful on, but sometimes or maybe more often, I just love it and have to have it for Ashlea Road and hope that someone will love that piece as much as myself!

When people enter my boutique for the first time, they nearly always leave me with saying beautiful comments like “Such a beautiful store” and “I can’t believe this store is in Wingham!” and “This boutique could be leading it alongside with the big ones in Sydney or Melbourne!” These comments are what truly inspire me even more to make my boutique one of the best!

Ashlea Road has evolved over the years along and has stood the test of the time.
I believe this has to do with myself evolving as well. I feel that I have evolved because of Ashlea Road and Ashlea Road has evolved because of me. One couldn’t have happened without the other.

"Things started to happen when I surrounded myself with beautiful and supporting people. My family has always been there for me helping me financially as well as emotionally and I allowed my true friends to help me, who did so with open arms."

I knew Ashlea Road was tired, I was tired for that matter and I was frightened, I was unsure of myself, I didn’t know how I was going to survive such testing times but with the help of an extraordinary talented, interior designer and stylist Trisha Bible and my loving partner Paul, who is now my fiancé, I took a leap of faith and together we worked tirelessly to give Ashlea Road a facelift it so needed and brought it to where it is today. Trisha is also a personal colour consultant and has helped me elevate the look of our new modern organic style merchandise. She has taught me so much and I will be forever grateful for what she has done and Paul, who has made me one very happy lady for stepping into my life.
Today, after 24 years of trade, I want to acknowledge my loyal and beautiful customers as without each and every one of you Ashlea Road wouldn't of survived -  I'm forever grateful. 
To my wonderful staff over the years, one in particular, Dana Wooster who is still with Ashlea Road after many years of hard work and most importantly, loyalty and friendship. Thank you Dana x
Thank you so much for taking the time to browse my little shop, read my story and I hope you enjoy Ashlea Road as much as I do!
Please feel free to send me an email with feedback, as I am always growing, learning and genuinely love connecting with my Ashea Road Family.
 
Much love, 
 
Marcia x

20 comments

  • I have been an Ashlea Road customer from its beginning, there are so many things to love about this store, the stand out is Marcia & the staff . Marcia is so welcoming , friensdly and very helpful if its not right for you , she will tell you . Dana is a gem, always greets you with a smile. If you cant find something, that you are looking for , ask the girls they will find it for you. Their Motto should be “Come as a stranger and leave as a friend” with a bag of goodies.

    Pattie Hogan
  • Hi Marcia,
    Travelled back to Wingham with family for close friends’ funeral
    As I was leaving Saturday morning I did a small reconnect with my beloved Wingham and called in to your gorgeous shop, sorry I missed you but I was treated like a queen and couldn’t leave without a few pieces – 2 beautiful hats of course for the winter season.
    Congratulations- I remember when you opened. Continued success
    Ok be back soon and will bring a friend who loves fashion.
    Jan Ives

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  • Thank you Marcia for your wonderful store. I am a mature lady and love the clothes you provide. I also love to shop at Ashleigh Road to be attended by you as you are so friendly

    Kay Hermes

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