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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

Sep

20

Saturday, September 20th*Our First Anniversary Celebration* *all day* Oktoberfest Prost! Oktoberfest Costume Contest ★ Beer GamesOktoberfest Lager ★ Food Specials ★ Kids' Games Too

Sep

20

Public Release of our 2011 Coelho Paciência Reserva Pinot noir, from Coelho Estate Vineyard. September 20-21, 2014, 11am-5pm Come try our Paciência Reserva Pinot noir from our Coelho Estate Vineyard, paired with a delicious smoked salmon spread. This is the only weekend we will be pouring our Paciência Reserva in our tasting room. You don’t want to miss out on this great/exclusive ...

Sep

25

McMinnville Farmers Market

NE Cowls St between 2nd and 3rd

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

04

Kick-ball: McMinnville Public Library will hold a two-day kickball tournament, Kick It for the Library, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5, at Joe Dancer Park, McMinnville, to raise money for beautifying its entrance. Kick-ball is like baseball, with a bigger ball and kicking instead of batting. Games begin at 3, with closing ceremonies at 4:30 p.m. Sunday; instruction will be provided. Preregistration ...

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. 

Oct

31

A safe place for kids of all ages to enjoy trick or treating.

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