Second copy store fills downtown niche

The Railroad District welcomes back a familiar business owner with a new print and copy store &

A Street Copy &

which opened earlier this month.

Bill Reichard, a 30-year resident of Ashland, previously had two copy stores in the downtown area, including American Printing and Copy and Ashland Copy Center. Reichard sold both stores, but with the decline in local copy businesses downtown &

The Main Source and Lithia Stationers both closed recently &

he has received encouragement from friends and former customers to open a new store.

"When all of these copy places went out of business, a lot of customers asked me about going [back] into business," Reichard said. "And after a lot of thinking, I've decided to give it another shot. I see the need for a copy center in downtown Ashland, just as I saw a few years ago."

A Street Copy does digital color copies, color paper flyers, menus, brochures and business documents, Reichard says. There are also private mailboxes for public use.

Reichard opened his first copy shop in Pennsylvania, after returning from his service in Vietnam. Coming to Ashland "was the best decision I ever made," Reichard said.

"When I came to Ashland, my mind just said, 'You've found paradise.' I believe all the people that come in here will be happy," Reichard said. "I look forward to meeting new customers and having a successful business. Many good friends and former customers asked when I'd start up again and so here we go again."

The new shop joins Ashland's only surviving copy story, Printfast, located on 1100 Ashland Street and managed by Steve Tibbetts.

"It will be very convenient for a lot customers," Tibbetts said about the new store.

Tibbetts' customers had requested that he open an additional copy store on the other side of town, he said. Reichard, whose store will fill the downtown void of copy centers, is enthusiastic about the location.

"I like the railroad district because it's part of the original history of Ashland," Reichard said. "I call it the heart of Ashland."

Reichard also runs a side business called Patriotic Package, containing printed copies of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and writings of several founding fathers of our nation. Reichard, who describes himself as a patriot, handed out copies of historical writings to the crowds at the Ashland Fourth of July Parade.

A Street Copy is in the historic Railroad District at 258 A St., Suite 1, across from the Ashland Hardware and just around the corner from the Ashland Food Cooperative.

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