Oregon's Favorite Main Street
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.
The McMinnville Downtown Association works to promote and enhance our historic downtown as the economic, social and cultural heart of the community.
McMinnville Holiday Market
Our second annual Holiday Market is kicking off Thanksgiving Weekend in Downtown McMinnville! Join us each weekend through Christmas for locally made goods created by a curated group of artists and makers.
Gallery Theater presents White Christmas based on the Paramount Pictures film
The McMinnville Lions Club Christmas Tree Sale
The McMinnville Public Library is having a Craft Fair!
Visit the 6th Annual Handmade Holiday Bazaar at Yamhill Valley Heritage Center
You are cordially invited to attend McMinnville downtown's first exclusive wine and food stroll, where 6 of your favorite downtown tasting rooms will collaborate with 6 local restaurants to delight you in custom showcase of McMinnville's finest wine and cuisine.
Back by popular demand, join us for the Trail Band Holiday Concert!
Run or walk with us for our 1-Year Anniversary Celebration!
Seasonal choral music and sacred readings celebrating various holiday traditions of light will be presented Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.
Enjoy Third Street during the holiday season!
Gather around our grand Christmas tree for spirited play readings by Theatre 33.
Enjoy viewing local art works, shopping and sipping our fabulous wines!
It's a Santa Run/Walk! Dress up and celebrate the season!
23rd Annual McMinnville Wine & Food Classic