Annette Pugh

Annette enjoyed an international lifestyle until she moved to Ashland in 1971. She was born in Akron, Ohio, and had her first transcontinental trip on the Queen Mary when she was five. Her Father was an executive for Goodyear Tires and she lived in Manila, Philippines, and finished high school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with trips around the world every three years. Her Mother was a native of Liege, Belgium and a World War II “war bride,” so the trips always included a visit to her French speaking family.

She is a graduate of UCLA, where she majored in Business Administration and Fine Arts, and where she met her husband of 42 years, Lance Pugh. They both worked as buyers for twenty one May Company Department stores in Los Angeles. Together they moved to Ashland in 1971 and were early creators of the Plaza phenomena with their Lithia Grocery Restaurant – an oasis for vegetarians at the time and ahead of its time serving natural foods. Through the seventies and early 80’s, they renovated several historic properties in Ashland and Jacksonville. Annette ran the Plaza Dance Studio for 12 years and created Ablaze Modeling Agency in the location where the Black Sheep Pub is now. Models were trained and provided for tea room modeling, photo shoots, and years of fashion shows.

Annette became a real estate agent in 1979. In Ashland she worked for Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Van Vleet and currently Gateway Real Estate, where she is happily located on the corner of the Plaza nearest to the lush and inspirational Lithia Park. Her professional career as a Real Estate Broker has provided for her knowledge and success in selling business opportunities, homes in town, commercial properties and rural homes and land.

Currently, Annette is a Public Art Commissioner for the city of Ashland and enjoys bringing visual arts to her hometown. Gardening, reading, working on art work, walking her labrador Spooky, being in nature, and looking at the world from a positive point of view are her favorite pastimes. Annette is still driving her 2001 Prius, first one in town and loving it. She leans toward green.

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