Second Saturday made its return last weekend, drawing tons of foot traffic to the participating businesses of downtown McMinnville.
Originally, Second Saturday was slated to end in August, but after a brief intermission in September due to a scheduling conflict with the A&L Fair, it once again welcomed shoppers to an evening of extended shopping and dining hours alongside live music. The stores and restaurants that participate in Second Saturday remain open from 5 to 8 p.m.
With the laidback atmosphere and music in the evening air, it provided the perfect environment for shoppers to take their time perusing the finest items local shop owners have to offer. Among the stores participating was Renewed Creations, which reinvents items to breathe new life into the many pieces on its sales floor.
“Second Saturday is great for everybody. I was excited to participate because it’s a fantastic idea. It’s great for downtown, and it gives you a chance to visit with people who don’t get to come in on a regular basis,” said Jennifer Bond, owner of Renewed Creations. “It offers people who work every day of the week a chance to come in and shop with us because we usually close before they get off work and can make it downtown. Overall, it is a great way to connect with customers.”
Bond said her favorite part of Second Saturday is seeing all of downtown come to life for the event, complete with families walking along Main Street with their kids to browse the offerings, all without the hustle and bustle that hectic work weeks tend to bring.
“No one is in a rush, and they’re enjoying the atmosphere, whether they stop to listen to music, look at window displays or go in and shop,” said Bond. “I love seeing everybody slow down and just enjoy their time together.”
Businesses that participated are Linen and Grace, Southern Traditions, Renewed Creations, The Vintage Market, Red Door Kids, The Crouch House, Lemon, Wink Skincare Studio, and Evelyn Taylor Avenue.
Restaurants that participated included Cumberland Biscuit Company, Topz/Metro Deli, Collins River BBQ, Begonias, and Kimmi’s Tea Room.
Second Saturday will continue to return through December, taking place on the second Saturday of each month. Currently, all businesses that participated in this month’s roster will continue to do so going forward, but those plans are fluid and subject to change at any time. Next month’s Second Saturday is set for Nov. 13 with the same hours, 5 to 8 p.m.