By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Tom Stout starts Waterdog RV

Tom Stout, who worked for Dayton’s Wine Country RV until its closure, has purchased the assets from Dan and Laurie Gardner and reopened the outlet as Waterdog RV. It is located at 3190 S.E. Dayton Bypass.

The Gardners continue to own and operate True Form Collision Repair outlets in McMinnville and Newberg. Disposing of the RV lot assets allows them to put all their focus on their body shop business, they said.

Stout said he has rehired the former Wine Country RV staff. So far, he said, sales have been good.

The name Waterdog RV comes through Stout’s love of boxers and background in pet store ownership. He’s been working on a branding campaign with Jennifer Morrow of Creative Co., which designed a logo for him.

“We’re excited,” he said. 

For more information, call 503-864-9513. 



A soft opening for McMinnville locals is planned from noon to 7 p.m. today and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9, at a new Terra Vina Wines tasting room at 585 N.E. Third St.

Three tastings will be offered on a complimentary basis. A full flight will run $5.

Terra Vina’s estate vineyard is located on Parrot Mountain, between Newberg and Wilsonville. Owned by Carole and Karl Dinger, it specializes in cabernet franc and other warm weather varieties made from grapes grown in Eastern Washington.

The Dingers said they operated a tasting room in Carlton for six years, but the quarters were sold out from under them and they couldn’t find anything else there that would work. They said making the move to McMinnville seemed a logical alternative.

Hours will be noon to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, or by appointment. For more information, call 503-925-0712.



The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will be in McMinnville from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. It can be viewed and inspected at Roth’s, 1595 S. Baker St.

Recent college grads Jackie Calder and Ben Urkov, who go by Pepper Jackie Cheese and Beefelicious Ben, are spending a year driving the two-ton, 27-foot-long vehicle around the country for promotional appearances.

The company has a tradition of tapping recent college grads for yearlong tours. Called “hotdoggers,” they are trained for the mission at “Hot Dog High.”

A fleet of Wienermobiles was launched in 1936. It was retired in 1977, but revived in 1988.

The interior features include a hot dog shaped dashboard, a removable bun-roof, a gull-winged door, an auto-retracting step and carpeting in a condiment-spatter pattern. For more information, visit 



The dining room at Nick’s Italian Café, downtown at 521 N.E. Third St., closed briefly last week for a facelift. Eric Ferguson, who operates the restaurant with his wife, Carmen Peirano, termed it a “good ol’ facelift.”

The restaurant, founded in 1977 by Carmen’s father, Nick, serves dinner from 5 p.m. seven days a week. It serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

For more information, call 503-434-4471. 



A new online course designed for 16- and 17-year-old drivers, Simply Drive, is now being offered by Country Financial.

Heidi Garrett, who operates from offices at 1215 N.E. Adams St., Suite B, said teens who take the course can save on insurance purchased through her company. For more information, call 503-472-2545. 



Throughout the day Tuesday, Feb. 12, Serendipity Ice Cream will donate 25 percent of its sales to the St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen.

Serendipity is located at 502 N.E. Third St. in downtown McMinnville. It will be open Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 503-474-9189.


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

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