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The McMinnville Downtown Association is completing a historic resources survey for the downtown historic district. If you are interested in volunteering or have any historic photos, documents or information that might be of use please email info@downtownmcminnville.com or call 503.472.3605

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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

Feb

01

Superbowl Sunday Sale

Downtown McMinnville

Head Downtown on Feburary,1 to take advantage of great Superbowl Sunday sales!
Downtown McMinnville
Downtown McMinnville

Feb

19

MDA Annual Dinner & Piccadilly and Silent Auction

The McMinnville Grand Ballroom | McMinnville

Enjoy dinner & drinks at the McMinnville Grand Ballroom  5:15-8:30pm Tickets are $40 per person RSVP by Feb. 12, 2015 Reserve your tickets now by emailing Cassie@DowntownMcMinnville.com or call 503-472-3605. Mail payment to MDA, 105 NE Third St. McMinnville, OR 97128  
The McMinnville Grand Ballroom
The McMinnville Grand Ballroom 325 Northeast 3rd Street

Feb

20

Dads Weekend is an opportunity for you and your Linfield student to spend time together in McMinnville. Enjoy a game, see an arts performance, or grab a bite to eat downtown. All of those are options for you and your student during Dads Weekend. A list of Linfield events andactivities taking place during Dads Weekend will be announced in Jan. 2015. To help you plan your travel, activities will ...

Mar

07

Historic Architectural Tour

Downtown McMinnville

Incorporated in 1876, McMinnville is a community rich with history. The Historic Open House Tour, hosted by McMinnville Downtown Association, is a fascinating and beautiful way to get a crash course in some of that history. The tour will take place this year on March 7, 2015. The tours are at 10am and 2pm and last about 2 1/2 hours. Reservations required -  Call McMinnville ...
Downtown McMinnville
Downtown McMinnville

Mar

13

The McMinnville Wine & Food Classic is a benefit for the students of St. James Catholic School! Thank you for your generosity and support! Enjoy the culinary variety and relaxed atmosphere. Watch some of the area's best Chefs in the Northwest demonstrate their skills. Talk with winemakers and vintners and learn the intricacies of their trade. Purchase by the taste, glass, bottle or case. Visit ...

May

01

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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). Check back in the coming weeks for more details!
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