From a grocery store to a tap house and a fun place for the kids to hang out on First Street

Social Goods started in April 2016 with an organic food store on its main floor, but is changing its focus to a family-oriented tap house and gathering place.

The business still has its wine lockers in the basement and a toy store on the second floor, which also includes an open play area and activity floor.GARY ALLEN - Robin Sikkens prepares a healthy sandwich from Social Goods' new café menu, whose products are locally sourced and are either organic or from a nearby farm.

In order to keep the business open and sustainable, owners Robin and Danny Sikkens decided to ditch the grocery store concept in August and donated over 900 pounds of food to a local food bank.

"To our surprise after reviewing the sales, the taps is what was taking off so we decided to expand on that," Danny Sikkens said in an email.

The Sikkenses started the shop with a mission to give back to the community both in space and by fundraising for local nonprofits.

"We give back around 10 percent to a charity, church or school," he said.

Providing a family-friendly space was also a priority.

"I want my place to be a place that I would want to come to," he added.

Having expanded from three to over 40 taps, his goal is to showcase unique beers.

"We have a love for local beers," Danny Sikkens said. "Earlier today we met with Block 15 and had an interview with them actually before we could carry their beers on tap. They wanted to make sure that as we offer their beers … there is not more than a three-week shelf life and it can't pass three months with a keg. We do that with all the stuff we bring in. From Newberg, to Eugene to Corvallis."

The couple also likes to visit the breweries first to learn about their mission, how they serve their community and why they brew the styles that they do, so as to be the most beer knowledgeable place in the Willamette Valley.

"Often times we choose themes and go with it, like all Bend, or all winter themed," Robin Sikkens said.

The couple started the remodel with handcrafted wooden tables by Sheena Woodworking in Newberg. It also includes a six-tap kombucha bar.

"We like to keep things as local as we can," Danny Sikkens said. "Sheena came in and built a beautiful table for us and after that we decided to ask her to build more. Sheena also built a juniper tap front to spice the place up using water proof varnish on the wood that aligns the tap area."

Social Goods has a local chef to curate the new café menu.

"All of our products are sourced locally, either organic or from a farm that we know the farmers," he said. "Its healthy offerings."

They added a video game nook and have plans to add a window seating area finished by the summer season.

Now that the tables are in, Social Goods has hosted events for nonprofits, has weekly trivia nights and plans are in the works to host music soon.

"One of our biggest hits are birthday parties. We have two to four every weekend upstairs," Danny Sikkens said. "For the children they have inflatable bouncy houses, story time, martial arts lessons and an open floor where the children can release their energy."

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