By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Cornerstone has new owners

Business partners Mike Pace and Jason Olds are the new owners and operators at Cornerstone Coffee Roasters, a popular Third Street coffee shop.

They took over Monday, Aug. 18, after buying the business from Mark and Christine Isaac. The sale was announced to employees and the public immediately, and the Isaacs stayed on through Thursday to help with the transition.

Pace, a 2005 Linfield College graduate, has many years of experience in the restaurant business. He has worked in both the front and back ends of food service operations.

He and Olds are good friends. In fact, Olds is godparent to Pace's children, ages 1 and 3.

When he asked Olds about going into business with him, Pace said, "It turned out having a coffee shop had been his dream since he was 12 years old."

The two plan to keep the business largely unchanged. However, they plan eventually add beer and wine, expand the menu and start holding game nights. They intend to retain a schedule of live music, including Wednesday open mike nights.

Pace said he had been looking at opening a game store in McMinnville. In his search for a location, he discovered that Cornerstone was up for sale.

"It's a staple in this town," he said, so he jumped at the opportunity.

Pace said the staff was leading the way in the transition.

"The employees here are amazing," he said. "They're teaching us everything."

Cornerstone is located at 216 N.E. Third St. It features a entrances on both Second and Third, with outdoor seating around both.



Dr. Jason Sabatini, a foot and ankle specialist, has joined the medical staff at the Willamette Medical Center in McMinnville.

He practices podiatry at the Yamhill County Foot Health Center, 1133 S.W. Baker St., Suite A., McMinnville, with fellow podiatrist Dr. David Wellikoff. His wife is the former Bonnie Roberts, who was born and raised in McMinnville.

"When considering where to start my practice, my wife and I both wanted to return to the Northwest," he said. "But we never in a million years thought it was possible to return to McMinnville.

"Things miraculously fell into place, and we couldn't be happier to be here. We are so excited to raise our family here and to become a part of this community."

Sabatini grew up in the Reno area, and went on to earn his bachelor's degree at the University of Nevada at Reno. He earned his doctorate in podiatric medicine at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Illinois, and completed a three-year residency in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery in New York City.

He enjoys backpacking, camping, fishing, sports  and spending time with his wife and two children. To schedule an appointment or get more information, call 503-472-3341.



Tara Thompson has assumed command of the Western Title & Escrow branch at 1215 N.E. Baker St.

She once ran the escrow desk at the company's Bend office. She later worked for State Farm Insurance in Vallejo, California, and Farmers Insurance in Reno, Nevada.

Western Title & Escrow has maintained an office in McMinnville for 30 years. For more information, call 503-472-3154.



The Diner has opened for business next to the Comfort Inn, off Highway 18 in McMinnville. Open from from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 2580 S.E. Stratus Ave., it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner all three.

Kyle Chriestenson serves as chef. The menu includes omelets, salads, soups, sandwiches and pasta dishes. 

For more information, call 971-261-2191.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday for at the American Legion Hall at 126 N.E. Atlantic St.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday for independent Mary Kay beauty consultant Katy Tatro at 151 Argyle Court.


Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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