By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Writer opens downtown office

Jennifer Nice of Write Nice feels as if she’s come full circle with the opening of an office in downtown McMinnville.

She said her mother worked in the 1893 Building and her father and great-grandfather managed theater operations — the Mack and two others — from an office above the Moonlight Theater. She said she can see the Moonlight from her new office at 410 N.E. Third St., Suite 4, in the Wright Building above La Bella Casa.

Nice is a certified search engine optimization webwriter who creates and edits website content, including blogs and articles, for customers.

Before her foray into digital writing and editing, Nice taught English in the public school system and wrote travel pieces for the News-Register. After she and her husband circumnavigated the globe in a Semester at Sea program, she decided she wanted to launch an independent writing career.

Hours are by appointment. She can be reached at 503-550-5621.



Kendra Lindell has been hired by the McMinnville Downtown Association as its new promotions and marketing coordinator. In addition to serving as office manager, she will plan and oversee the assocation’s events and marketing campaigns.

A McMinnville High grad, Lindell went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology and art from Southern Oregon University in Ashland. In the course of owning and operating her own clothing store there, she learned sales and marketing.

She returned to McMinnville in 2010 and signed on as direct sales manager at Panther Creek Cellars. In addition to managing the tasting room, she planned the winery’s promotional events and designed and developed its marketing materials.

She has extensive knowledge of the wine and hospitality industries, which should serve her in good stead with the MDA. 

Lindell is looking forward to the opportunity.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “It’s fun to be back.”

She is living in McMinnville with her husband, Nate, while they build a home on property outside Amity. She enjoys food, wine, gardening, yoga, reading and knitting.

She can be reached at or 503-472-3605. 



A new website,, was designed specifically for Oregon’s family forest landowners. It was developed by the Partnership for Forestry Education.

Features include a learning library displaying practical information about caring for woodlands, with links to publications and videos; an assistance map, with local contact information for agencies, organizations and other sources of support; and a calendar of events listing workshops, courses and field tours. It also includes a link to the 2013 edition of the Family Forest Landowners Resource Guide, produced by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. 



Downtown McMinnville’s monthly Art & Wine Walk is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 19.

By picking up an Art & Wine Walk passport and having it signed at one or more of the businesses they visit, participants can 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 of them have special activities planned, and some will be hosting artists and/or serving refreshments.

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

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