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Oregon's Favorite Main Street

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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

May

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Opening May 12 through October 13 • Join us every Thursday from 1–6PM!

Aug

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THE  7th ANNUAL DRAGGING THE GUT FESTIVALThursday, Friday & Saturday, August 25–27, 2016 in Downtown McMinnville. For more info: Webpage: http://www.draggingthegut.com/#!Facebook group: http://www.IDraggedTheGut.com/

Aug

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August 26th - 28th, : a food & wine event that celebrates Yamhill’s vibrant community of famous wineries, celebrated chefs, and sustainable family farms. BOYC is a project of, and a fundraiser for, the Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES). While the event shines a spotlight on our dynamic culinary scene, it’s also the primary fundraiser for the cultural projects YES supports in Yamhill ...

Aug

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Join in the fun! McMinnville Sunrise Rotary Bocce Ball Tournament

 

Sep

09

Oregon Brews & BBQs

Oregon Mutual Insurance | McMinnville

This is an annual event that benefits St. James Catholic School and Ghana Hope (an outreach of Willamette Medical) equally and features wonderful Oregon beers, local barbeque and live music.

Oregon Mutual Insurance
Oregon Mutual Insurance 97128 400 NE Baker St, McMinnville, OR 97128

Sep

12

Currents Gallery in McMinnville has selected the finest work submitted by local Oregon artists to be exhibited during the 7th annual juried Fiber Arts Show.  This is a much anticipated yearly event that features the diverse talent and lush textiles of the Willamette Valley and beyond.   The original fiber art includes wall pieces, art to wear, 3-D soft sculpture, and more made with wool, ...

Sep

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Over 100 quilts on display from the YCHS collection and local quilt guilds, appraisal faire, vintage and collectible vendors, food, music and more!

Sep

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Enjoy viewing local art works, shopping and sipping our fabulous wines!

Sep

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Sabor Latino de Yamhill County

Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus

The McMinnville Latino Advocacy Coalition invites you to the Sabor Latino de Yamhill County! Friday, Sept. 23 6–8PM and Saturday, Sept. 24 10–6PM at the Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus288 NE Norton Ln The event is free and open to the public. Families are welcome!
Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus
Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus 97128 288 NE Norton Ln, McMinnville, OR 97128

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Oct

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What would Halloween be without costumes and treats?!

Nov

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Start the holiday off right with Santa's Parade in downtown McMinnville!

Nov

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Support your local businesses by participating in Small Business Saturday! Head downtown on Saturday, November 28th to check out some great deals and sales.

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