By Molly • Molly Walker • 

No plastic bags at Ray's checkout

WILLAMINA — Ray’s Food Place in Willamina recently marked its first month of not offering customers the option of plastic bags at the checkout stand, and Manager Lisa Connell said that for the most part, customers have reacted positively.

C&K Markets, parent company for Ray’s and many other markets about the state, announced in early January that it would no longer stock plastic bags. It would limit choice at checkout to free paper bags and 99-cent reusable, recyclable bags. 

Connell said some customers have pointed out that Willamina is a mill town and paper is a wood-pulp product. That’s been a positive, she said.

During the first month, Ray’s held a weekly drawing for a $25 gift card for customers opting for reusable bags, regardless of type. She said that contest spurred interest.

“We want to encourage people to bring their own,” she said. She said eliminating plastic at the checkstand “reduces the amount of plastic in the trash stream.”

The store is located at 112 W. Main St. The phone number is  503-876-2132.



Last month, Centro Chiropractic opened a new clinic, its fifth, at 2077 N.E. Highway 99W in McMinnville. Also operating in Salem, Woodburn, Hillsboro and Beaverton, it specializes in workplace and auto accident injuries.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone is 503-857-0900. 



Downtown McMinnville’s monthly Art & Wine Walk is scheduled this Saturday, Feb. 16.

By picking up a passport and having it signed at one or more downtown merchants, participants qualify for a drawing for a gift certificate.

The roster of businesses includes 3rd Street Pizza, Anthony Dell Cellars, Atlas Décor, Currents Gallery, Found Objects, Harvest Fresh Grocery & Deli, Inner Oasis Center, Jack of All Beads, McMenamins Hotel Oregon, NW Food & Gifts and the Willamette Valley Wine Center. Several have special activities planned, and some will be hosting artists or serving refreshments.


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

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