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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

Tunes on Tuesday in Newberg Downtown


Dancers twirl like ribbons on a Maypole joyfully around the front of the stage, some are barefoot in the cool clean grass. It’s not often you glimpse small town Princesses, delighting the dreams of a young girl, who might one day grow up to be a Princess herself. If she just holds their hands tight enough, for that last spin, she will become one of them, flowering out in a midnight blue dress.



The light-hearted atmosphere of Tunes on Tuesday in the heart of the Newberg Cultural District beams a ray of innocent joy across  Oregon Wine Country. I can feel it. All ages are present in the vast array of onlookers, sitters, eaters, and movers. Children run giggling between the poised elders, who are smiling ear to ear while enjoying the show. Fashion-flair sparks among the men and women of the crowd. There is never a dull moment in this perfect, people-watching pasture.DSC_0043


The Staff of the Rogue Gourmet Catering Company are always smiling and laughing. I love how they go out of their way to add joy to the evening.



The booming belt of voice bellowing from the funk-punk athletic, tattooed, and talented young women of Dancehall Days is sending the crowd into a state of thrive and excitement within the breezy plaza. The band is casually ready to entertain with a cool charisma and young vibe twist to some modern dance classics. It’s like sitting first row and voting on “The Voice”, except they have obviously already won the crowd over with the first note.

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I am dog-lover. So, one of my favorite looky-lou things to do is watch for cute pups. There are many to be had, all well behaved, and hanging out with their loyal people for a summer evening of loving licks and ankle sniffing. These little longhaired dachshunds stole my heart.


Renaissance Catering owner Chef Kris, who lives around the corner from us, was busy like some pizza bee in honey-dough hive. He skillfully hand-shaped and created beautiful pizzas to toss in his mobile, wood fired brick oven. I have noticed he always has several near-drooling onlookers while he masters the dough, and I commend his hard work near a hot oven in the summertime.

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I have never seen such a long, although very delighted line of children for balloon hats as there is in front of the American Family Insurance booth. Ben Jaquith shares a huge smile with all the kids as he bends, folds, rustles, and contorts these rubbery squeak-emitting balloons in the delicate, yet quick creation of these awesome air-filled concoctions.DSC_0047


The kids love them. They run around using them as swords, or swinging their heads and watching the ends dance about. It is really quite hilarious, and I have to peel myself away to continue on my little journey through the crowd. As I poke around, I notice these tall, squirrelly crowns floating all around me on the tops of little tousled heads. One day Sender will get one, I am sure.



I padded over towards Centennial Park to find myself smack in the center of tweeny-teenville. It’s a similar squeak to the balloons, just a bit deeper with the occasional whispered laughter. This age group is condensed and there are plenty of parents with little ones around on the playground to add a bit of “unintentional” bystander-volunteer chaperoning. Another word would simply be “neighborhood”, as that is the true feel to the park.


I have been cruising around for a while, and the rainbow shave-ice in the tall, open trailer, and Cream Northwest in their pleasingly colored orange rig is truly calling me by name. Nathan has been standing in line for some time now for our first taste of Cream. I see now, why the line, and why the sincere raves from customers all over town.

DSC_0062We experienced a wonderfully cold, double scoop of homemade Earl Grey and Boysenberry Swirl. Sender had his first taste ever of ice cream, or bliss, as I now prefer to call it, and he made the sweetest little cold-sour face with just the tip of the spoon on his tongue. We enjoyed this soothingly cool treat and can’t wait to hit them up at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday. I’ll share a secret: There is hardly any line during the Farmer’s Market, so try some for yourself then if you are shy of waiting.



It was nice to see the Newberg Animal Shelter representing in a canopy near the front entrance on Howard Street. They had a cool spin-the wheel raffle for visitors.


The pancake-eating contest, in front of the stage, was a cute-munching intermission of a few young folks trying to swallow sticky cakes just a wee bit faster than the other. There were a lot of breath catching little dancers and fun iPhone photo ops going on here.


DSC_0068The Tunes On Tuesday party overall is a pleasantly mellow vibe with some local brewery tastings and plenty to snack on. I noticed Deception Brewing of Dundee, with their bold black and white logo, is a popular spot to grab Apricot Cream Ale and chill out on one of the shaded stonewalls.




From Princesses to Pups and babies in Daddy-pouches, there is plenty to take in while wandering this beautiful Wine Country plaza.








Tunes on Tuesday July 26 2016


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