McMinnville Love Locks
McMinnville Love Locks is a dedicated art structure to hold padlocks as an expression of your love to your sweetheart, companion, partner, pet or in memory of. This idea is similar to a love lock bridge in Paris! When you toss the key, into the keyhole, you are acknowledging the unbreakable bond of your love. No one knows for certain when or why this tradition started but it is believed to be over 100 years old. The reason locks have appeared at different locations around the world, varies by location. Here in McMinnville we are united together by LOVE for each other, for our community and for the world! This location is different than other love lock locations, where locks are being removed from bridges, here your lock and love will remain FOREVER!
This designated art piece is located at the Grain Station 755 NE Alpine Ave. in McMinnville, Oregon, in front of the Grain Station Brew Works restaurant.
The Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place on February 10, 2017, at 8am. A Launch Party was held on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, from noon to 8pm. This was a McMinnville Grad Night Fundraiser Event where the Grad Night Committee sold hot chocolate, coffee, and donuts, with the profits going directly to the Class of 2017! Other items that were sold: locks, t-shirts, I.D. Tags, coffee mugs, jewelry, etc. with a percentage of the sales from McMinnville Love Locks products benefiting the 2017 Graduates! Watch for mini McMinnville Love Locks (prototype that was used to present the idea of McMinnville Love Locks) at different locations in McMinnville. You can purchase a $5 lock and place it on the mini art structure.
The other piece to this idea is that McMinnville High School students are helping to make items that are being sold by McMinnville Love Locks in a joint effort to give to McMinnville High School Grad Night. The 4 items that students have assisted with are: hot dog & marshmallow sticks, beaded jewelry with help from local Custom Jewelry Designer, Jana Hess, laser engraved wooden boxes and coffee mugs from Jack Potter, Paint Your Own Pottery.
McMinnville Love Locks products are available at Copy Cats and Oregon Stationers with the option to engrave your personal message! Other items & locks are available at Judy's Jewels, New to You and Elizabeth Chambers Cellar. Limited products, such as wine boxes and MHS student made hot dog and marshmallow sticks are available at Vinum Ferus, Wine & Iron Tasting Room on 1st Street. Timmreck & McNicol Jewelers is offering engraving where all the proceeds go directly to MHS Grad Night (pay with cash or check).
Businesses supporting businesses supporting Grad Night!
Est. 2016 by Jessica, Ray, Owen and Alan Binkerd