Meet the Member: AlwaysFits.com

Ashley Judge

Ashley Judge- AlwaysFits.com

In your words... Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.

AlwaysFits.com is a unique gift shop. We curate gifts to elicit joy. That’s why we’re here. To make you laugh, to build you up, to evoke your happiest memories. We celebrate gals that are smart, sweary, and self-aware. And, boy, do we love those 80’s and 90’s vibes.

We don’t carry everything, but what we carry is everything. Our unique gifts are joyful, sweary, funny, feminist and jam-packed with 80’s and 90’s memories. We love Punky Brewster, The Golden Girls, Jem & The Holograms, Strawberry Shortcake & Sweet Valley High … just to name a few!

Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.

Ashley Judge is the head gal at AlwaysFits.com, a unique online shop, known for its nostalgic, sweary, feminist gifts. Ashley turned a lifelong love of curating treasures into a multimillion-dollar brand.

AlwaysFits.com is approaching its 10th anniversary, under Ashley’s creative and strategic direction. AlwaysFits.com has been mentioned on The Today Show, as well as in Vanity Fair, Better Homes & Gardens, Elle, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, HGTV, Harper’s Bazaar, Women’s Health, Scary Mommy and hundreds of other national publications.

Previous to starting her own company in 2009, Ashley worked for Ambassador Swanee Hunt, planning political events, and as director of hotel logistics for the 2004 Kerry/Edwards presidential campaign.

Ashley has a 6 year old daughter and lives in her favorite city, Salem.

What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general.

With growth comes an opportunity for us to meet more members of the community! Are you an artist, videographer, graphic designer, illustrator? We want to know you! We're looking for new, creative ways to tell our story.

What was the last video you watched that made an impact on you?

Rather than recent, I'll tell you a video that made a lasting impact on me. A few years back a documentary was circulating around the internet about homeless women and their periods. It had a profound effect on me - all women deserve basic dignities, like the supplies necessary when one has their period. AlwaysFits.com now earmarks a section of our warehouse to tampon donations, has held several large drives, and has provided several local charities with inkind pad and tampon donations. The past year, we've kept the HAWC emergency shelter in Salem stocked.

What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?

We have an 8 foot strawberry shortcake mural, spray painted by LA street artist, Meg Zany. She was here in September 2018, painting in Salem, and kindly hit one of our walls. (She also taught us the phrase "hitting walls". Lol).

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