Oct 10, 2011
Ashby’s Agates: The Adventure of Crafting Jewelry that ‘Rocks’By Kerri GaitherWestminster.Patch.com

Westminster, MD – Brian Ashby has been collecting rocks with his family ever since he could walk. His family traveled the country on extended summer trips often stopping in Redmond, Oregon to visit his Great Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Uhlan and their treasured rock shop, Ashby’s Agates.

According to letters found in recent years, Brian’s great Aunt and Uncle began trading and selling rocks all from all over the world in the 1950’s and opened their shop in the early 1960’s. It was at this shop where Brian’s love for rocks was polished and now, nearly half a century later, he and his wife Denise have kept the family rock venture alive in Westminster, Maryland, adding their own modern spin.

Brian’s wife, Denise Ashby says that she has always been an artsty/craftsy person. Yet it was a wire wrapping class that naturally intertwined her craftiness with her husband’s rock hobby.

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