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The Oregon Main Street Annual Conference will be held in McMinnville October 1-3!

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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 mission of McMinnville Downtown Association (MDA) is to sustain and enhance historic downtown McMinnville as the cultural, retail and professional heart of the community.

Upcoming Events

Aug

28

McMinnville Farmers Market

NE Cowls St between 2nd and 3rd

Aug

31

The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon returns to the Yamhill Valley on Labor Day weekend. Packet pickup is Saturday, Aug. 30, at the  Evergreen Air and Space Museum in McMinnville. The race begins at 7 a.m. Sunday at Stoller Vineyards.

Sep

06

Bounty of the County: Meet the Makers Farm Tours Saturday, September 6thMeet the Makers: Farm Tour +Gourmet Picnic City: Dayton, Oregon Location: Stoller Family Estate Time: 9:00 am Get a behind-the-scenes look at the diverse agricultural products created in Yamhill County. Personally led by the people who craft the products, each tour provides an insider’s perspective. ...

Sep

07

Linfield hosts Hispanic Heritage Day event, 5k McMINNVILLE – Linfield College will host the seventh annual Hispanic Heritage Day Sunday, Sept. 7, from noon to 3 p.m. on the Intramural Field at Linfield. The event will be preceded by the Cesar Chavez 5k Run/Walk at 11 a.m. A suggested donation for the run/walk is $6, $5 with a Linfield ID and $3 for children 12 and under. Pre-registration is ...

Sep

13

Appraisal fair and vintage market will be held at the Yamhill County Heritage Center Saturday 10am to 4pm. Only one day this year. So  don't miss it. What's hiding in your attic? Local experts will provide oral appraisals of your items. $5 donation per item with a limit of 3 items per person. Antique and Collectible Vendors, Quilt Show, Live Music, Treasure Chest Raffle, Food Free parking and ...

Oct

01

Oregon Main Street works with communities to develop comprehensive, incremental revitalization strategies based on a community’s unique assets, character, and heritage. Services are based on the successful Main Street Approach® developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and include training and technical assistance. The goal is to build high quality, livable, and sustainable ...

Oct

13

Decorate a scarecrow on 3rd street!

Back by poplular demand! The 2nd annual McMinnville Downtown Association Scarecrow contest is now now open for registration. 

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