There’s refreshing news coming from downtown McMinnville.
The historic Dr Pepper sign on the side of Ryan J. Moore’s law office has been redone by prominent local painter Steve Davis. The mural now bursts with extra vibrancy with a new layer of paint in place.
“Not a week goes by where I don’t see a local couple, or high school seniors, or tourists taking their picture in front of the sign,” said Ryan. “It truly is a downtown landmark.”
When asked about the sign, Moore said he’s trying to do his part to make downtown McMinnville an attractive place to visit. His law office is located on the corner of Morford Street and North Spring Street.
“There’s a lot of great synergy on North Spring Street right now,” said Ryan. “It’s important for all downtown business owners to be constantly improving and maintaining their property.”
Downtown renovation efforts began on Main Street in August of 2004. That’s when the city began a $5.2 million renovation project on Main Street from Magness Library to Sparta Street. The project included Court Square.
But Spring Street was left out of that government project. And Spring Street lagged behind in renovation efforts as a result.
Moore was a springboard to launch Spring Street renovations. After he began work on his buildings, it encouraged Chuck Livingood to start renovating his two storefronts directly across the street.
The old Walling Arcade, forever the Dust Bunny Capital of the World, finally received a facelift and was turned into a law office, fitness center and Kimmi’s Tea Room.
One of the best parts about our downtown is it’s a nice mixture of retail and professional businesses. The two have been able to complement each other, a dynamic which should only be enhanced when the old Fraley’s building becomes fully operational with Southern Traditions and PI.E pizza.
Three cheers for Ryan J. Moore and all the downtown property owners looking to make McMinnville just a little bit nicer.