By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Guitar shop on the move

Chuck Weigant, owner of CHW Guitars, said he will be moving to a different location in the same strip mall in mid-August. He has been in his current location, 608 Oregon 99W, for the past three years.

Weigant’s move is designed to make way for redevelopment of the property, known as Mayfair Plaza and anchored by Grocery Outlet.

According to Marc Strabic, representative for HSM Pacific Realty of Portland, which serves as the center’s leasing agent, the owners are considering “some retail solutions” combining the space vacated by Sears some time ago with the adjacent space the guitar shop will be vacating.

He said plans call for renovation to begin as soon as a lease is signed. He said one element will be a new facade.

Weigant believes the move will work out well for him, as the space he is moving to is larger.



The McMinnville Downtown Association is seeking photos of downtown McMinnville for a contest it’s calling Summer in Downtown McMinnville.

Entries may be submitted online at through Sept. 3. They will be judged by Leigh Ann Jones of Pacific Frame and Gallery, Andrea La Rue of Nectar Graphics, RJ Yuranek of RJ’s Studios and Dorren Wynja of Eye of the Lady.

Winners will be named in four categories — food and wine, shopping, street scene and farmers market. A grand prize winner will also be chosen.

Category winners will receive $50 in cash and a $50 gift certificate good for printing services at Pacific Frame and Gallery. The grand prize winner will receive $200 in cash and a $200 gift certificate.

The winning entries will be display at the farmers market of Sept. 19. They will also be posted on the MDA website and displayed at the gallery.

For more information, contact the MDA at 503-472-3605.



Tips for releasing repetitive motion strain and fatigue from hands, arms and shoulders will be presented from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Ability Physical Therapy & Fitness, 2191 N.W. Second St., Building 1. The session is titled “Pain Free in the World of Technology: An Hour of Healing.”

Presenters will be Nora Collins, physical therapist; Joan Sterling, yoga and fitness instructor; and Sharon Medicis Michaud, licensed massage therapist. Participants should wear comfortable clothing.

Class size is limited. As a fee, organizers are suggesting a $15 donation to Habitat for Humanity.

To register or get more information, call 503-434-9594.



Sally Bowdle and Kari Rex of New to You recently attended a National Association of Retail & Thrift Shops conference in San Diego. Partner Bonnie Zeigler stayed behind to mind the store.

The two said the show, attended by shop owners from throughout the U.S. and Canada and Ireland, was laced with excitement.

The partners are working on several projects to improve the store. To help kick things off, they will be unveiling a new logo later this summer.

New to You is located at 238 N.E. Highway 99W.



A VIP-only social event, designed to introduce Jackson Family Wines to Yamhill and Polk county officials, was held on Monday at the Chemeketa Northwest Viticulture Center in Salem.

The winery has recently acquired 1,350 acres of vineyard land in the counties, which will make it a major local player in the industry.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Blue Star Gas, 3070 N.E. Highway 99W, McMinnville. Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for the same time at Newberg United Methodist Church, 1205 Deborah Road.


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

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