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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

May

03

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). Check back soon for specific sales and promotions! 

May

16

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

22

McMinnville Farmers' Market

NE Cowls St between 2nd and 3rd

Jun

12

Free, outdoor lunchtime music at the US Bank plaza, NE 3rd and Davis, downtown McMinnville. More info including lineup coming soon.  Sponsors Platinum Boersma's Sewing Center Cascadia Landscaping Citizens Bank Dave Franey Electric Gormley Plumbing + Mechanical Harvest Fresh Hillside Emeritus McMenamins Hotel Oregon Recology Western Oregon Union Block Building   Diamond 3rd ...
97128 NE Third and Davis St, McMinnville OR 97128

Jul

11

The McMinnville Downtown Association and the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering once again to present the 2013 festivities which will feature Vendors, Music and Entertainment, Vendors, a Downtown Street Dance, the “World’s Largest Turkey BBQ,” a Carnival, the Turkey Trot (8K Run, 5K Run/Walk, & 2M Walk),  and much more!  For vendor ...

Jul

25

The IPNC has served as a showcase for the northwest's famed farm-to-table cuisine. Each year over 50 guest chefs from the region's most revered restaurants create inspired courses made from local farm ingredients. The three day event takes place on the beautiful campus of Linfield College.Visit  IPNC for more information.

Aug

22

HE 5th ANNUAL DRAGGING THE GUT FESTIVALFriday & Saturday, August 22-23, 2014 in Downtown McMinnville. Friday Night Kick-Off Cruise. It's a no-host, no frills old style cruising. 5pm to Midnight.Saturday is the big day. Ezra Koch Car Show Noon - 5pm; Live music Noon - 10 p.m.; Cruising 5pm to Midnight; After-party 10pm to ???For more info: Webpage: http://www.GutFest.com/ Facebook ...

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 ...
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