By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Soup Shack opens in Granary District

The Soup Shack, a specialty soup and sandwich shop, has opened in the outdoor food court at the McMinnville Public Market, at 755 N.E. Alpine St. in McMinnville’s Granary District.

Owners Russell and Susan Parker have sold frozen soups at the seasonal McMinnville Farmer’s Market downtown. They are now venturing into a permanent location in the little white shack in front of the main public market buiilding.

They lauched the business in 2007, selling frozen soup at smaller markets and hot soup in larger ones where volume was sufficient. Susan said they went into the business from “love of cooking and the pursuit of our own business.”

Their top seller is creamy tomato basil. The lineup also features New England clam chowder and homestyle chicken noodle, along with specialty soups like sweet potato with chile and lime.

In the summer, they add cold soup options. They also serve an array of sandwiches, including grilled cheese, hot pastrami and pulled pork.

They make fresh soups each day from scratch, using local ingredients whenever possible. They will be offering both dine-in and to-go options from their new outlet.

Susan said they were “thrilled” to establish permanent quarters.

Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The phone number is 503-983-3938.



The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg has been ranked No. 15 in the United States by the world’s largest travel website, Trip Advisor.

The site created a top-25 list, based on member reviews. Quotes about the Allison included,  “It does not get any better than this,” “Luxurious pampering in wine country” and “Most amazing stay ever!”

Yamhill County’s first luxury hotel, the Allison opened in the fall of 2009. It features 85 deluxe rooms and suites, along with a world-class restaurant and a spa featuring 12 treatment rooms. 

It is located at 2525 Allison Lane. The phone is 503-554-2525. 



Candy Grams to celebrate Valentine’s Day will be sold as a fundraiser for the See Ya Later Foundation. The effort is being headed up by the Freelin-Wade employee team, which calls itself The Force.

For $3, the Candy Grams will include candy and a card. Direct orders can be custom-made and orders of 10 or more can be delivered to local businesses. Sugar-free options are available on request.

The Force team will begin selling them this week. They will also be offered at local businesses, including Ticor Title, Nature’s Pet, Express Employment Professionals, First American Title, Real Deals Home Decor, Oly’s Wrap Shack and Serendipity Ice Cream, starting Feb. 4.

Downloadable order forms are available on both the Freelin-Wade and Freelin-Wade Force Facebook pages. They can also be obtained by contacting Emma Martin at or 503-434-5561.

Orders must be submitted by Feb. 8. 



The Emeritus at Osprey Court senior living community is seeking nominations for delivery of a free Valentine’s dinner, accompanied with gifts and companionship, to homebound seniors.

“At the time of year that we celebrate love, it’s important to extend caring and friendship to the senior generation,” said Salina Martinez, Osprey Court’s executive director. “We know that many will spend Valentine’s Day on their own. For those who have lost spouses, it can be a sad occasion that contributes to feelings of loneliness.” 

She said the program stems from a corporate philosophy that seniors should be assured of safe and secure living conditions.

Nominations are due by Thursday, Feb. 7. They can be e-mailed to or mailed to Osprey Court, 320 S.W. Hill Road, McMinnville, OR 97128.

They should include the nominee’s name and contact information, the nominator’s name and contact information and a brief explanation of the need. For more information, call 503-472-3509.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set to run from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Nazarene Church on the Hill, 700 N.W. Hill Road. A a new chamber program will be unveiled at the event.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at TSYS Merchant Solutions, 1102 N. Springbrook Road.

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


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