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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

13

Currents Gallery Winter Art Classes

Feb

13

Celebrate Oregon's 157th birthday with the Yamhill County Historical Society!

 

Feb

14

Monthly meeting of the Yamhill County Historical Society

 

Feb

16

Currents Gallery Portals Show

Call to Oregon Artists

Feb

19

Lindfield's Dad's 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. To help you plan your travel, activities will begin in the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 19 and will run through Saturday, Feb. 20.

Feb

20

Enjoy viewing local art works, shopping and sipping our fabulous wines!

Mar

05

Stroll downtown historic McMinnville with tour guide and preservationist Rebecca Quandt.

 

Mar

11

23rd Annual McMinnville Wine & Food Classic

Mar

14

All are welcome for this 3.14 mile run/walk on March 14th in celebration of math, science and good health!

Mar

19

Enjoy viewing local art works, shopping and sipping our fabulous wines!

Apr

05

Friends of Family Farmers is traveling the state, hosting listening sessions.

Apr

29

Lindfield's Mom's 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 Mom's Weekend. To help you plan your travel, activities will begin in the afternoon of Friday, Apr. 29 and will run through Saturday, Apr. 30.

Apr

30

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).

May

12

Opening May 12 through October 6 • Join us every Thursday from 1–6PM!

May

13

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. Vendor applications will be available by the end of February 2016  

May

29

Linfield College celebrates its graduates of 2016

Jun

09

Concerts on the Plaza

US Bank Plaza

We're proud to present the 23nd Annual Concert Series in Historic Downtown McMinnville.

US Bank Plaza
US Bank Plaza 97128 335 NE Third, McMinnville, OR 97128

Jul

08

Celebrating its 56th year, Turkey Rama is one of McMinnville’s oldest and most loved traditions! The community festival observes the historical importance of the once-thriving turkey business in the surrounding county. The turkey farms are gone, but Turkey Rama lives on!  As the face of our community has changed, so has the festival itself. Turkey Rama now includes the “World’s ...
Downtown McMinnville
Downtown McMinnville

Jul

29

The IPNC is a three-day event, famous around the globe, as a mecca for lovers of Pinot Noir and Northwest cuisine.

Aug

13

The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon returns to the Yamhill Valley on August 13th. The race begins at 7 a.m. Sunday at Stoller Vineyards.
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