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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

02

Downtown businesses are offering great specials, exclusive previews, trunk shows and drawings.  The Goodwill Ambassadors will be handing out carnations to the first 300 moms, beginning at 1:00 at the US Bank Plaza (3rd and Davis St).

May

04

Monday, May 4, 2015 6:00 - 9:00 pm McMinnville Grand Ballroom 325 NE Third St, McMinnville, Oregon Honoring Tom Tankersley • Man of the Year Jody Christensen • Woman of the Year Zack Geary • Junior Citizen Reid Kimura • Outstanding Young Educator Barbara Boyer• Outstanding Young Farmer Keynote Speaker • Rosemari Davis   $35 in advance or $40 at the door No ...

May

15

Each year in May, downtown McMinnville is "visited" in a cosmic sense. Beings from other galaxies walk the street during the second largest UFO celebration in the country.  Partake in a parade, enjoy live entertainment, watch the pet costume contest and peruse vendor booths over this two day festival. McMenamins Hotel Oregon will also be hosting live speakersm music and more! Visit ...

May

16

2015 Alien Abduction Dash! Saturday, May 16, 2015 Run, dash, crawl and leap to the finish line in this fun and uber exciting fun 1 mile fun run! Registration is $12.00 and begins at 11:30am at the corner of Third and Davis street in downtown McMinnville Race begins at 12:00pm! Race starts and finishes at US Bank Plaza on the corner of 3rd and Davis Street.
US Bank Plaza
US Bank Plaza

May

21

2015 Market opens Thursday, May 21 and runs through Oct. 8. Hours: 1:00pm to 6pmThe Market is set up on NE Cowls between 2nd and 3rd St.
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