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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Social Goods: A Newberg Family Market
September 13, 2016