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Dream business started

Dominique Bjorlin

Moved: From Vancouver, Washington, to McMinnville, Oregon, in 2006
Old life: Preschool teacher in the burbs
New life:  Bakery owner (rubycakesbakeries.com)
The aha moment: My husband and I had never been to McMinnville before and went for lunch on the roof deck at McMenamins, the place every nonlocal knows. It was a cold winter day, but cozy, romantic. He was considering a job with a blueberry company here. One visit and, we thought, Yes, let's live here!
What I gave up: Having my family nearby.
What I gained: The ability to walk down the street and say hello to people by name. A house—with character and crown molding—that was cheaper than our new-construction subdivision in Vancouver. A weekly farmers' market that allowed me to try out my gluten-free cupcake and meet my business partner, Amy Israel. She came every week, and one day asked if I'd be interested in opening a storefront. I don't think that kind of repeat interaction would take place in a big city. Now the two of us own a full-on bakery, Ruby Cakes.
Take my advice: If you want to start a business here, finding a niche is important. I don't know if I would've succeeded with a regular bakery; it helped to be vegan and gluten-free. The Saturday market is a great place for people who have an idea and want to try it out before opening a full-fledged business.
I knew I was a local when: I started getting my weekly duck eggs from my neighbor.

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The McMinnville Downtown Association works to promote and enhance our historic downtown as the economic, social and cultural heart of the community.

Upcoming Events

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Dates, Days & Times:  

Show Dates February 13, 2017 - March 12, 2017

Opening Reception Saturday, February 18th from 5 PM to 8PM during McMinnville's Art & Wine Walk       

Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5 pm,

Sunday 11am - 3pm

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McMinnville Relay For LifeAmerican Cancer SocietySaturday June 24, 2017  Noon to MidnightMcMinnville High School Baker Field(Corner of 17th St. & Baker St.)Not too late to form a team.Survivors & Participants can register free at relayforlife.org/mcminnvilleor For more info contact us at mcminnvillerelayforlife@gmail.comCheck us out on Facebook at McMinnville ...
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