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Social Goods: A Newberg Family Market



Robin Sikkens, Owner of Social Goods: A Newberg Family Market and Wine Lockers

I think for a second, “Is that Uma Thurman smiling at me?”, as I breeze in the wide welcoming doors of Social Goods: A Newberg Family Market. That gorgeous smile which first greeted me is held in cheer by Robin Sikkens, one of the owners of this deliciously inviting Oregon Wine Country Market. I stand in awe of her beauty. She is graceful, long-legged as a doe, and I am instantly at peace in my entrance.

I feel as if I just stepped off the hot summer streets into a locally blessed market of an Italian village for a bit of gelato.




Robin is on my list of one of the most genuinely kind young women I have ever encountered in my travels. She is real in her stunning and effortlessly polished elegance both inward and outward. Now that I pop in the market on the frequent, I always look forward to a visit with her as we chat about our day, local business, our children, and the array of perfectly poised products spread before me. She is always so knowledgeable about the bounty offered on her shelves.


Danny Sikkens, her husband, someone I would refer to as absolutely and positively, a hard working and motivated “doer” is always there as well, ready for the day and talking about ongoing projects.


Danny Sikkens, Owner and Entrepreneur of VinoOregon

The exuded enthusiasm between the two of them is definitely inspiring, and I always leave with a feeling of fulfillment in my sojourn and ready to get going on my own task list.



Haley with her gorgeous smile and cascading spirals…

As exciting of a market as this is, with its cornucopia of anything from organic fruits and veggies to crunchy snacks and home-baked scones, to kombucha on tap and fresh-made sandwiches, I am inherently knowing that Sender wants to float upstairs to the Children’s Loft with his balloon head of imagination ready to burst.


There is a play area for classes and romping, arts supplies, and a plethora of high-quality and kindly priced toys. We’ll be up there for some time, getting lost together in a world of baby wonder.


Customer Alana with her one-month-old, Jade River, relaxing up in the Children’s Loft, and her son Sky Aaron, who was a little shy of the camera and hiding behind me.

We love to visit during First Friday Art Walk when live music is wafting down onto the ground floor of the “old bones building” while giddy neighbors are tasting local wine and fresh-tapped kegs.



It’s a joy to meet homegrown vendors sharing their tasty inventions and livening up the party with samples for everyone.




I have yearned to write about Social Goods and share my enthusiasm for this much needed market in beautiful Downtown Newberg for several months. I will certainly indulge in writing more over the coming years, as I am just beginning to scratch the surface of it’s sustainable and abundant offerings.

I am so enamored with this charming, not quite tiny, not quite large, but the “perfect porridge” market that I felt unworthy and intimidated to write about its excellence.



I feel anything I peck out is truly shy of the heartwarming experience I get each time I walk through those towering glass doors. It’s like stepping back in time, to a simpler way of life, a way of neighborly living, a way of wholesome peace.


Casey Sonnier, Always ready to share a story


I wonder about the aura of the historic building itself and all of the faces that once walked through. Am I experiencing the joy of past-pleased customers from another era just by entering? I believe in the imprint. I believe this is a special place.


Sender Bodhi and the Glowing Expectant Robin share a morning snuggle

Social Goods: A Newberg Family Market

September 13, 2016

Water Bear and Happy Gilmore Cleaning Girls Customer Appreciation BBQ

DSC_0036The festive aroma of peppers and onions on a hot grill greet us as we enter Memorial Park in Newberg. I see a few familiar faces and am reminded of being glad for the cordial invite.


From Left: Jake, Beth, Kristin & David

Kristin McColm, owner of Happy Gilmore Cleaning Girls, greets me with her ever kind way. She was actually the very first person I ever met upon making my way out and about after moving to Newberg a few years ago. We are both busy people, but when we run across each other, it’s like seeing an old friend. The history is short, but the vibe is ancient.



I see Jake Ramirez, owner of Water Bear Carpet Cleaning & Restoration, grilling up some plump emerald peppers. It’s a hot one, and his diligence at the large, sooty grill shows off his ingrained work ethic in a subconscious and humble manner. We have a nice chat about roasting peppers, and I share about a time I spent in New Mexico experiencing my first green chilies. I briefly met Jake just this summer, in passing at Tunes On Tuesday.

DSC_0035A perk to a small town is quickly getting to know others. I initially engaged with Beth, who volunteers with the Newberg Animal Shelter, just last week. She recognized me and helped our family to feel welcomed and fit in as a natural part of the gathering. She added effort to organize the event.

Sharing shade with nice people is a wonderful way to spend a heated, near end-of-summer day. Kristin gets in some nice lovey time with Sender as she prepares again for a baby on the way. Congratulations!


Baskets of contest entries line the clean picnic tables. Simply drop a business card and it’s good luck to the winner. There are prizes for Red Hills Market of Dundee, Social Goods: A Newberg Family Market, and services from both Happy Gilmore Cleaning Girls and Water Bear, all sponsored by these two uniquely named businesses. It’s appealing to enter for a nice local and practical prize.


There are so many good eats to be had. Everything from charbroiled burgers to chips to grilled veggies. There are 4 huge coolers stocked with family friendly drinks. Fresh cut watermelons and “pile on the makin’s” plates ready to go for a sizzling grilled burger. Thanks for all the picnic effort. It feels like a Southern summer, full of child chatter, lightheartedness, and bit of sweetened sweat.


Several summer slinging kids are showing off their muscles with energetic games of bocce ball. They toss, and giggle, and toss again. Their polite demeanor is curious in the dog-days sun. There is a natural teamwork condensed in these athletic young playmates.



These youngsters have some Babylonian stamina when it comes to building and rebuilding a giant tower of Jenga under the shady park awning.

DSC_0069The star of the show is definitely the banana yellow slip n’ slide, a true 80’s classic of summer nostalgia. Kristin’s husband David, ensures the perpetual streams of cool rain from the oscillating sprinkler create a dazzling summertime oasis of slippery splash-dash. Watching for mini-rainbows and ramping up speed to hit the purple pool at the end, is the simplistic, yet enchanting goal for these water whippersnappers. Sender takes a couple of footie splashes.



Through the shady day, clients pop in and out, grabbing a juicy burger, and saying hello and thanks. I can see how an uncomplicated picnic in the park is an awesome way to appreciate the fans of your provided service.

We had a nice relaxing time enjoying the company of great people and witnessing just one of the many ways these two awesome local companies come together and give back to their customers and the community.


Water Bear and Happy Gilmore Cleaning Girls Customer Appreciation BBQ Aug 20 2016


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