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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

“Catch a Wave” at Tunes on Tuesday- August 2016


DSC_0307The lyrics rising in the surf of the sky above the Chehalem Cultural Center, “I wish they all could be California Girls”, spins a beach party atmosphere, lacking only in the gritty, blazing sands of a 60’s California beach shindig. I know. I grew up in Southern California on the beaches and although The Beach Boys were a highlife before my swinging teens, I was able to relive it through the stories of my Aunts and Uncles, the big fans that they were. How could you not be? It defines an era of party culture. An era of romping in the crashing waves, holding hands and necking on a plaid blanket, and an iconic mental image of standing on that short sea cliff with a long board tucked under the golden arm of a sun-bleached blonde surfer.


Nathan and I stop to view Catch a Wave cover band. These “beach boy look-a-likes” are swaying in unison on the stage with totally tubular smiles enlivening the crowd. Ocean blue and white vertical striped shirts tucked in to perfectly crisp, skinny, vintage blanched jeans that point down into those old skool white vans, from back in the day surf culture. I am spying the crowd for Gidgets and Grommets shaking it “Beach Blanket Bingo” style. Frankie and Annette would be frontside for sure at this beach party.


Having just returned from a Malibu vacation myself, I enjoy seeing motif matching beach balls flying around at the end of tiny fingertips.


The kiddos are bouncing higher than these inflatable globes of paddlepuss magic. It’s rad to see the enthusiasm of the older crowd reminiscing a simpler time and relishing the enjoyment of their grandchildren in such familiar tunes.


Avoiding the riptide of dancers, I make a slash for the closest coffee and there floats Chris with Caravan Artisan Roasted Coffee, my caffeine savior of the evening. He serves up a refreshing cold brew of Organic Peru Feminino for Nathan and I. We add our sweet and cream as we please. Plunk in the emerald straw and there I go, sucking dry.


Riding the swell of the crowd, I drift over to nearby local representative tent for New York Life. I am curious as to what they have to offer in such a tune-filled evening.

DSC_0273I am kindly greeted by Collin who politely let’s me know that they have an open, informative meeting at Ye Old Pizza Shoppe on the frequent, for financial questions and answers. He then gets busy to helping with the free National Child ID Program service that they offer. I am amazed at the technology they have set up here and how quickly it goes. The small boy in the chair is playing with the ID clip while Mom stands by in her good intention. Everyone is having a great time making the safety record.


Collin Bonsey is also affiliated with Young Pros, of which Tunes on Tuesday is their baby. I’ll attend a meeting in the future to meet some of these dynamic and community oriented young professionals. Thank you, Young Pros, for putting on such a well organized event so close to our home. I stopped by the Young Pros central tent and learned a bit about the hours they put in. They start set up around 5:30 pm and clean up commences with a gathering around 10. This is the first year that they are an 503c non-profit and that an enclosed beer garden was not required. This is great for families as everyone can have a nice backyard-like party mingle at the rear of the plaza.


Laid-back viewers, contentedly sipping wine or beer, pleasantly grace the gorgeous rock walls lining the plaza. A few are just enjoying a relaxed evening chat. Some are here for the duration; some are just popping in while walking home through the neighborhood. It distantly reminds me of the evening local hang out on the Spanish Steps in Rome.



Sidewalk Chalk Art

I stumbled upon some remains of  The Sidewalk Chalk Art Project from the Newberg Old Fashioned Festival. The chalk was provided courtesy of Social Goods-A Newberg Family Market through the Chehalem Cultural Center. Sender has his own bag that we picked up.

Mimi the Bouvier

Mimi the Bouvier


The Newberg Animal Shelter had a nice cool spot near the bricks of the Cultural Building. They have a fun prize wheel to spin. It’s only a quarter, which funds the shelter, and you win a little prize. I always see kids partaking. Amy Sorenson has been volunteering her time for over 4 years and is on the Board of Directors. Beth and Laura were assisting her at the event and expressing their enthusiasm and care for our local critters in need of adoption.


I learned about “kitten season” of which I was clueless beforehand. This summer, just as our bolting gardens around town, also happens to be a very cat fruitful one, leaving many kittens with a need for homes. They had 40+ kittens at once in the shelter. If you would like to help, they are forever in need of kitty food and more volunteers. Even though the topic of homeless pups and kittens can be a sad one, they are lighthearted and positive in their quest and conversation. I really enjoyed my visit and the intelligent and informative chat. I am looking forward to attending “Wine and Whiskers” in the coming April.


DSC_0312You can count on Cream Northwest for a surf’s up party-wave line full of folks who wouldn’t hesitate to wipe-out into a large tub of homemade ice cream. The classic melded flavors of vanilla fudge was a chilled popular.


Our last stop of the evening, to grab our take home dinner, was Wiki Wiki Weenie a.k.a, The Fastest Hot Dog Cart in the World. Rusty and Linda are always ready for a good time. We like to stop and talk with them about Hawaii. I reminisce with them my trip to Kauai every time and look forward to returning for a family vacation soon. They serve up a mean and authentic Kalua pig. The colorful image of sweet mango salsa speaks for itself.

DSC_0319We ordered full dinner plates and admired the distressed, yet very clean weenie car while we waited for our made-to-order Hawaiian Islands treat. This neat old car has been made into a food truck unlike any I have ever seen. I’m stoked on my Puaa (pu-oo-ah-ah) Pig sandwich, stuffed with bacon, sausage, and kalua pig. Now if I can just snake on home without mullering, I’ll be hangin’ loose.

Dude, that was going off!




Tunes On Tuesday August 16 2016







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