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Downtown is hopping
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You could say downtown McMinnville is really hopping.

And it has nothing to do with the bunny rabbits that Lori Pearsall and Kylie Rowland were painting Friday night at Doodle Fish Studio on Main Street.

“This is our therapy time,” said Lori with a laugh.

While the two were doing some late-night artwork, singer David Nail was performing on the Park Theater stage across the street. Nail was doing acoustic versions of original songs and also reflecting to a darker time in his life.

Before singing a song he wrote called “Fighter,” Nail explained to the crowd how he had fallen into a deep depression. He said one day he returned home and his wife was waiting for him in the driveway.

“She told me she was going to fight for us, fight for our marriage,” said Nail.

Ronnie Milsap has a Park Theater performance scheduled for May 28 and will be arguably the biggest entertainer to grace the stage since the stately venue reopened in 2015.

Restaurants have been an integral factor is downtown’s resurgence with something on the menu for every craving. Collins River BBQ has earned a sterling reputation for its food that’s consistently delicious. Vanilla Bean, Kimmi’s Tea Room and Topz provide sweet diversions.

Begonias has been a flowery addition and Cumberland Biscuit Company is gaining acclaim for its dinner menu.

Food, entertainment, cozy shops and even two tattoo studios have factored into a mix that has made Main Street McMinnville a place to visit during the day or night.